Pages of Bookish Love: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Posted March 30th, 2012 by in Uncategorized / 13 comments

Pages of Bookish Love is a new feature that Alexa (you are HERE) and I (Ashley, The Bookish Brunette) have concocted… We are each going to recommend a book to the other, then review said book on the other’s blog! I had Alexa read The First Days (my FAV book EVER) and her review is posted over at my blog today! Alexa had me read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer… (psst- the reviews below!). Get it? We’re exchanging Pages of Bookish Love. We both hope you love this new monthly feature!




The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

by Michelle Hodkin

Published: 9/27/2011 by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing


From Goodreads:

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.It can.She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.There is.She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.She’s wrong.

The Bookish Brunette thought:

OMG! I am SO ashamed that it took me THIS freaking LONG to read this book! *dies*

Mara Dyer starts out CREEPTASTIC with Mara, her best friend Rachel and her frenemy Claire playing with a Ouija board… And six months later Claire and Rachel are dead, and Mara wakes up in tethered to tubes in a hospital.

Then as Mara is struggling to remember the events that landed her in the hospital… I’m crying like a little girl. ON PAGE 12.

“She [her mother] was the first to reach me that night when my screaming woke the neighbors, and she wastage one who caught me crying in my closet the next day. But it was only after she found me two days later, dazed and blinking and clutching a shard of broken mirror in my bloody hand, that she insisted on getting me help.”

Holy crap right?

After the doctor’s suggest that Mara be instatutionanalized, she convinces her mother that they should move away from all the memories that haunt her every waking hour instead. So they pack up and head to sunny Florida!

I loved the way The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was told… it flowed so easily and Mara was amusing, sarcastic and totally likable!

Jamie ROCKED my freaking face off with his overly flamboyant AWESOME! Not even joking you,

“Anna used to be the abstinence poster girl, but post-Shaw, you could write a comic book about the many adventures of her vagina. It could wear a cape.”

Things aren’t going so hot in Florida as she continues to see the ghosts of her dead friends lurking about every corner… and Mara starts noticing things that can’t be explained away. People are DYING. People she had wished dead.

Then there’s Noah…

Super hot, mysterious, arrogant, fantastically sarcastic, unapologetically irreverant, closet SWEETHEART… Noah *sigh*

“I find it hilarious that whenever I light up, American’s look at me like I’m going to urinate on their children.”

This book kept me UP and turning pages WELL into the night, left me guessing around every corner… I HAD to know how it ended!!! Needless to say- I’m DYING for the sequel now!

Mara Dyer is dark, suspenseful, haunting. heart-breaking… and FUNNY. Long story short- DO NOT wait as long as I did to read this book! It is AMAZING! The characters are to die for… *cough* Noah *cough*. The plot is twisted and filled with so many turns you can’t help but lose yourself inside Michelle Hodkin’s world of Mara Dyer!



13 Responses to “Pages of Bookish Love: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer”

  1. Bianca

    I have not read this one yet but it sounds really good. Great review Ashley 😀

  2. Sonia

    Ashley! What an amazing review… I just want to go back and re-read now <3 I LOVED this book. It was so easy to get into and then just completely addicting once I got started. Mara's life was crazy and creeptastic, as you put it but then there was NOAH (ignore the swooning) to just make everything even more fantastic. I like to pretend that he's not a smoker but that's pretty much one of my only complaints. Great idea for a feature! 😀 I love the idea of being able to force (err, encourage) other people to read a book of your choosing.

  3. Smash Attack

    My lame ass still hasn’t read this book and of course, Ashley brings the enthusiasm like no other! It sounds pretty fantastic and does take place where I currently live. 🙂

  4. Nick

    I had some issues with this book, but this is still an awesome review, Ashley!
    Plus, this new feature seems very interesting!

  5. Leslie

    My sister and I are dying to read this book but neither of us have gotten to read it yet. I’m glad to hear that it’s really good.

    Thanks for the great review and for stopping by our blog 🙂

  6. Stephanie @ Once Upon a Chapter

    First of all: amazingly awesome feature!

    I just read Mara not too long ago and I loved it. Read it in a day. I couldn’t put it down. I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it and you put it into words well. Can’t wait for the second one!

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