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Book Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara DyerThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Hardcover452 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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.

My Thoughts:

Wow. Immediately after reading “The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer” (btw, I’ve waited for ages for this novel! waiting for it wasn’t a waste of time, it was very much worth it!), I’m still baffled for all that’s happened. I’s been so long when I last read a book that made me ask a lot of questions, confused me and brought my brain into a cycle. It kept me going on and on, creating assumptions and guesses and I frequently changed my mind. I was right most of the time, but the ending left me really really on the edge of my seat. I am literally mouthing words “ohmygosh” too many times (I was reading inside class,haha). My experience reading the novel was like swimming in the big vast blue ocean, with a storm brewing above me and huge waves tossing me back and forth. I feel like I just rode a 5-minute rollercoaster and my hair is still a mess and my heart just did a complicated acrobat..my body is still in shock, and I think I maybe had a coma and I was just revived. That’s exactly how I felt. I was lost a couple of times but good thing I found my way back.

The story was fabulously mysterious and just plain evil. Plain evil for making my brain suffer on always thinking and thinking (i had enough of thinking in our review class, well anyway). The prologue already made my jaw drop. The next chapters made me all the more curious of what the hell is really happening. As I flipped page after page, the twists shocks me all the more. This is the kind of story that really makes the reader speculate and the thrill of just reading it makes me high. The pace was good, the prose and the way it was written was perfect. Not too fast, not too slow.

The characters. Mara is a real mystery. She’s just a plain simple girl but she’s also special. This is my first time being confused with a book if its plain paranormal or if it is just drama. Really. That left me unsure of my guesses, if Mara was really a murderer, was she really crazy? I just hated the times that she becomes less trusting. She is like a weed, easily swayed by the wind. She had a lot of wrong choices, and some good. There are moments where I myself am confused to what really happened, and I just assume whatever I understood happened really happened (am i confusing you?). Well, in the end, in my opinion, Mara is just one of the victims of Fate. NOAH! aaah. I have something special for Noah.

N aturally handsome and confident- he knows how to carry himself but he’s also a bit shy, he said. hmm..
O verly sweet and romantic- You can’t imagine how endearing he is when he “pep talks” Mara. he’s like the super coolest boyfriend ever. he has lots of quotable worthy lines!
A dorable. he just is.
H onest and HOT. he’s trying to be in the first place but in the end he was all out honest. I’m dying of his hotness. is it me or is it 150 degrees in here? haha.
How’s that? haha. (I made it with my friend, Emem)
You have to read on to know more of Noah. NOah is one of my literary crush now. 🙂

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (I think this is a series, if not I’ll die, the ending was sooo making me hungry for more!) is the fundamentals and basics of unraveling the life and what really is Mara Dyer. EPIC.

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