Books, Psychological, YA, Young Adult

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

My name is not Mara Dyer, but my lawyer told me I had to choose something. A pseudonym. A nom de plume, for all of us studying for the SATs. I know that having a fake name is strange, but trust me —it’s the most normal thing about my life right now.”

I really expected this book to be thrilling, fantastic, and amazing. Many people have praised The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, but I felt it was overhyped in my opinion. I don’t hate the book, but even though it is the first book, I will continue to read the series just so I can find out more about Mara’s powers and if there are others like her. Hopefully the other two books are better, I’m crossing my fingers that they are. Lastly, I appreciated that there was no love triangle in this book! ^^

The Cover: It has to be one of my favorites.

Goodreads synopsis:
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 plot really interested me. It was very psychological. I had to reread many chapters over again because at times I couldn’t tell reality from her “hallucinations”.

Characters:
Noah Shaw: He was too perfect, and that’s the problem I had with him. First of all he’s incredibly rich, knows six languages, he’s a heartthrob, and a bad boy, not to mention British…like I said earlier, too perfect. I started to like him near the ending of the book, when he finally revealed to Mara that he has powers to heal.

Mara Dyer: I wish I knew her real name instead of the alias, but oh well. I liked her. I really felt sorry for her and the traumatic events that happened to her. Her life was turned upside down because of her power to kill people. She had no idea that she was the one to cause the accident of her friends and her ex-boyfriend. And I don’t blame her for the accident either, after it was revealed that her ex-boyfriend, Jude, tried to rape her. I am excited to continue to read the series just to find out if she can control her power in the other books. Mara’s family was lovable; they really tried to help her out throughout the book. It was heartbreaking to read that she tried to be “normal” in front of her family and peers.

Jude: I was lost for words when Mara saw him in the police station near the end of the book…he’s alive! And I’m guessing that he has powers like Mara and Noah too.

Why I disliked it: For some reason, this book reminded me of a Spanish telenovela. There were some moments in the book that were too over the top for me. For example, Jamie explaining to Mara the reason why he dislikes Noah is because Noah slept with his sister for revenge just because Jamie was falling for Katie (Noah’s sister). Then Mara asks Noah if what Jamie told her is true, which it is, and then Mara accepts Noah and moves on…ughs. I felt that Mara fell in love with Noah too quickly. I would have liked to see their relationship slowly developed, but that did not happen. I found Noah to be too aggressive and dominant over Mara. Most of the time I was shaking my head when reading this book, and other times, I would stop reading and ask myself “What am I reading?” It was not as fun as I thought it would be, but it’s the first book in the series. It can get better!

My rating is a 2.5 out 5 stars. :/

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