Monday, 24 June 2013

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

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 Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin begins with 17 year old Mara Dyer, who wakes up in a hospital with no memory of a tragic accident that took place and killed her friends, with her being the only survivor. As a result of the accident, she is diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and begs her family relocate to Miami, Florida, for a fresh start. But things don’t end there.

Mara starts at a new school and quickly becomes friends with Jamie, who makes her feel at ease with herself and is the only person who doesn’t know about her past. I really liked Jamie’s character, as he was funny and completely at ease. She is also introduced to Noah Shaw, the arrogant English boy who moved to America three years earlier. He is everything she is not asking for.  She steers clear from him with Jamie’s advice, but develops feelings for him as the story unfolds.

Mara slowly begins to remember the events from the building collapse and with it comes some terrifying revelations. She learns that she has the ability to kill with her mind and that she and Noah have a connection that runs deeper than any other relationship.

I really enjoyed reading The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer because the story is one that stayed with me long after I turned the final page. It was a story about finding a sense of comfort in a world that was chaotic. Noah made Mara believe that he could help her. He also made her believe that she wasn’t a murderer and wasn’t to blame for the deaths of her friends. He made her feel beautiful and cared for and wanted to ‘fix’ her, and he wouldn’t give up on her like her family had by not believing her problems couldn’t be fixed with medicine.

By the end of the book, I learnt that it is more than meets the eye with people. Mara is a shell of her former self, and Noah is the one to complete her. The ending of the book was a complete cliff-hanger, and it made me want to have the second instalment right away. Throughout the book, I was left on the edge of my seat in anticipation of what would happen next. If you enjoy a fantastic, original with a twist read, Michelle Hodkin’s remarkable debut is the perfect novel.

- Charlotte (Teen Reviewer via Celia)


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