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Book Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Reviewer: Lea
Rating: 4 stars

Mara Dyer believes life can't 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 strangely unharmed. 
There is.

She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love. 
She's wrong.


      So this book... is quite a book.  

      It's quite difficult to describe it really.... it's has a great mix of mystery, thriller, a bit of horror, and NOAH SHAW. 

      Noah Shaw is definitely a defining factor of this book.  

      But first, let me talk about the plot.

      Something so good about this book is how great the storyline is: it was so interesting— and I'm a person who's got an incredibly curious mind.  

      The start/introduction of the book was enough to get you hooked— so so spine-chilling— then the mystery that came after, when she woke up in the hospital, was enough to creep you out and confuse you to pieces— and to keep you reading till you reach the back cover.

      I absolutely am in love with mysteries.  And this book gave me exactly that, along with that peculiar atmosphere that keeps you guessing the entire time you're reading.  I loved how it was so clear that Mara is so eerie and how her story has so much cracks and holes— and that it invited you to make more guesses but prove you wrong every time.  

    One thing that added to the mysteriousness of the story was definitely the visions and hallucinations and the notion that Mara could be cray cray.  It was very psychological that it definitely toyed with my mind and my sanity, more so in the next book.  It scared me to bits— the things she would see, and how I felt like I was losing my mind because I was inside hers.

         I definitely loved how the story played with mental illness— I've always been the medical type and I definitely learned a lot from this book.  Though it definitely was very frustrating how people wouldn't give her protection instead of medical attention

          It really does show that what a person really needs, is someone to believe in you.

          Which is why, she has Noah Shaw!!
       First of all, Michelle Hodkin definitely has a talent for writing a character so perfect for the common teenage girl— he definitely is the male character with the most appeal out of all the Young Adult books I've read.  I mean— he's got everything a girl wants! He's popular, filthy rich, described as indescribably handsome, very intelligent and //is British/ has a British accent!!!//.  That was just a short description of him, because there's really more to him than his 'perfect boyfriend' outer shell in the book. He added gallons more of mystery in the story; and even if it seems like he's making things easier for Mara, since she found someone to lean on, the truth is, he complicated things by a long shot.

        Their school was very frustrating— the bullies, the whispers, the stares, the people talking behind your back.  The creepy atmosphere added more to the irritation that the book gives off— I really don't know how to describe it— but because the school was pretty eerie, so were the people, and I was definitely annoyed reading about an environment that could really let your mind explode! The only thing that made Mara's school days bearable to read at first, was Jamie and his slightly crude humour.  But when Noah came along— the idea of her going to school didn't seem so bad anymore! It became loads more interesting. 

           Noah really did change everything— he's more than just a love interest, he's a main character on his own.  But the romance part was still pretty interesting HAHA. Noah definitely is a mysterious character— you keep on trying to guess what's his secret, why he's so mysterious, why there's something so off about him, even if he's supposed to be perfect.  He was also Mara's fairy godmother which made the story by loads fascinating!!

            Mara's family was very interesting as well— and very frustrating at the same time.  You could feel how much they love Mara, and yet, you can't help but feel angry and frustrated at them because of the way they treated her, like she was some nutcase! I definitely felt so torn between feeling sympathetic and feeling furious at Mara's mother— she too was written in a mysterious manner, because she seemed two-faced: one time she'd show her undying love and support but another time she'd show her scrutiny and hard demeanour. 

          The thing with this book, is that it's very well written and structured— everything about it is mysterious: the characters, the flashbacks, the hallucinations. There's one factor after the other that keeps you guessing on what's really happening to Mara— it's easy to get confused and frustrated, yet you can't let the story go, because you find it to be addicting and too interesting.

             This is a book that my curious mind won't let go of. I really do, need more. 

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