Review: ‘The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer’ by Michelle Hodkin

I received this book for free from publisher unsolicited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer’ by Michelle HodkinThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Series: Mara Dyer #1
Published by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing on September 27th, 2011
Genres: Love & Romance, Mystery, Paranormal, Supernatural, Young Adult
Pages: 452
Format: Hardcover
Source: publisher unsolicited
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.

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Mara is the sole survivor of an accident that killed her best friend, hey boyfriend and her boyfriend’s sister. She has no memory of the accident until she starts dreaming about it in bits and pieces. Her family wanting to protect her moves to Florida where she starts over. In the new private school Croydan, she meets the resident ladies man Noah Shaw and finds a friend in Jamie. High school wouldn’t be the same of there weren’t any bullies around. They come in the form of Noah’s ex Anna and her friend Aiden.

I definitely enjoyed reading this book, enjoyed it so much I want to re-read it again. Mara’s character is feisty and stubborn and she stands up for herself when people attempt to bully her. She was different than other characters just because of the way she thought about people who crossed her. Yes they ended up dying as she fantasizes about it. Which brings up the reason why she’s able to do that. Murder people that is.

I found it truly disturbing when she would hallucinate and you as a reader can tell the difference between her reality and her dream like state, until you get to the ending where it makes you even more determined why Mara Dyer is the way she is. (which isn’t even her real name) Can I say how much I enjoyed Noah’s character? How much more depth to personality than what he showed to his peers? That no matter how sexy, and smart he was that inside he was just as lonely and isolated as Mara? And this is one of the reasons they’re attracted to each other? I also love how the two teased each other with their literary flirtin and smart comments.

This book wasn’t just about a romance, it was a psychological thriller at its best. I highly recommend reading this. Well done Michelle Hodkin! I am extremely excited to read more about Mara Dyer and will highly anticipate the new book when it releases soon enough! Combined with a mystery, paranormal romance, this book will have you wanting more!

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My mother always said, look to how a boy treats his mother to see how he’ll treat you one day. (145)





  1. Diana Grace

    January 23, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    I recently bought the book but I have yet to read it. I hope it turns out to be as great to me as it did to you. Great review! 🙂

  2. bhwrn1

    November 14, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Everyone I know loves this series. I will have to try it out!

  3. Cali W.

    July 19, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Great review! This book was a mystery to me, but I liked it. 😉

  4. Maria @ Fantasy's Ink

    December 14, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    ooh, Mara and Noah sound like good characters! My copy is getting very dusty on my TBR pile, only reason I haven’t picked it up yet was because quite a few people said they didn’t like the main two characters.

    But with the second book being released and all the bloggers who seem to love it, I’m even more curious to try this series!!!

  5. Grace Lo

    September 29, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    The synopsis just hooked me in, and I just couldn’t put it down! I love every little bit of its creepiness, and won’t say that it didn’t disturb me at all.
    I’m already so jumpy for The Evolution of Mara Dyer!

  6. Sara (of the Page Sage)

    August 26, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    I LOVE this book! Noah Shaw is most definitely swoon-worthy and their banter is one of the best parts of the book. (:

  7. Jenn@OwlReadIt

    July 30, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    This one sounds pretty awesome! I’ve been seeing it around but wasn’t really sold on giving it a try. It’s now added to my

    Great review!

  8. Meg K.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:25 AM

    I enjoyed this one, too! The romance to me was a little overpowering, though, but the plot and story was quite interesting. 🙂 I can’t wait for the sequel!

    Great review, Giselle!

    Meg | The Book Galaxy

  9. DannyBookworm

    July 30, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Oh yes this book was super awesome!!! I loved it so much for exactly the reasons you pointed out. It was mysterious and a thriller, yet with a supernormal element and some love!!!
    If you loved his one, you’ll LOVE the next too 🙂

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