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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer [Kindle Edition]

Michelle Hodkin
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger. She wakes from a coma in hospital with no memory of how she got there or of the bizarre accident that caused the deaths of her best friends and her boyfriend, yet left her mysteriously unharmed. The doctors suggest that starting over in a new city, a new school, would be good for her and just to let the memories gradually come back on their own. But Mara's new start is anything but comforting. She sees the faces of her dead friends everywhere, and when she suddenly begins to see other people's deaths right before they happen, Mara wonders whether she's going crazy! And if dealing with all this wasn't enough, Noah Shaw, the most beautiful boy she has ever seen can't seem to leave her alone… but as her life unravels around her, Mara can't help but wonder if Noah has another agenda altogether…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 515 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ANV3YC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,258 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An eerily enchanting story 14 Mar. 2012
Format:Paperback
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer had a huge amount of build up and hype prior to publishing and one of the curses of these `hype - books' is that you're immediately waiting for it to falter. But fortunately, I can't say that it did.

One of my favourite things about the book was Mara's narrative style. If you're going to be stuck inside someone's head for four hundred pages they have to keep you entertained - Mara didn't disappoint in that department; throughout the book there is an abundance of one liners and witty repartee.

Apart from a rough outline I didn't know what to expect with this book as far as plot was concerned; it was definitely suspenseful and had many creepy scenes, especially in the first half of the book where Mara is still grappling with wondering whether she is insane. All of which made the story incredibly gripping. I loved how; mainly to begin with, as a reader you're just as confused as Mara, when it comes to her sanity.

The negatives? Well I was initially very annoyed by the (very common mistake in YA) use of the term `British accent' when Mara was describing Noah Shaw, the smouldering and mysterious love interest of the story. But Hallelujah Noah corrects Mara and I couldn't help do my happy dance at Michelle Hodkin for knowing the difference - She receives a big thumbs up just for that! But on a more serious note, the only fault I could find was that as the story progressed the strange occurrences lessened - I know this would have made the plot crowded but when something bad did happen it's description wasn't as scary or hard hitting as it was earlier in the book, although this was mainly because Mara was beginning to understand what was truly going on.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best YA of 2012 so far. 20 Mar. 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Mara awakes in a hospital to her parent's concerned faces, and asking what she can remember about the accident. But Mara can remember nothing. Can't remember going to an abandoned building in the middle of the night with her friends. Can't remember what happened to Claire or Jude. But worst, can't remember what happened to Rachel. The only person who is alive to tell the tale of what happened that night is Mara. And her mind won't release the memory.

When Mara starts having blackouts and out of control PTSD, her parents talk about institutionalisation...the last thing Mara wants. And so she convinces them that a change of scenery would do her the world of good. She says goodbye to the home she has known all her life to relocate to Florida.

Mara doesn't get off to a smooth start at her new school. Somehow without even meaning to, she put herself on the radar of the queen bee...and Noah Shaw. The most beautiful boy Mara has ever seen.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was written in dreamy prose. It is one of those rare books that it feels like your best friend is sat beside you, telling you all about this thing that happened to her. You weren't reading a book. You were being told a story. Mara's voice was realistic and sympathetic and I couldn't get it out of my head for a long time after finishing it.

The story was very original, the romance...swoooon...It has been a long time since I read a romance so realistic and believable. And while it was a very fall-hard-and-fall-fast type romance, it was one that didn't feel at all fake or rushed. It felt like diving off the high board. Free and exhilarating.

The support and concern Mara receives from her family was extremely well written.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Looking back at this book I wish I had delayed reading it a little as I think all the hype that surrounded it adversely affected my enjoyment of it. I'm not really sure what I was expecting to be completely honest with you but I do feel as if I am borderline with this book and hence struggling with the review. I do intend on reading the second book The Evolution of Mara Dyer in order to follow the direction the story takes and uncover the enormous plot twist *Zips Lips*

To be honest I don't think I completely gelled with Mara; she is a seriously whacked out little chickie BUT who the heck wouldn't be with all that surrounds her. Her sarcastic sense of humor did endear her to me. The whole point of the story is to understand Mara and for me I felt as if I had barely scraped the surface and I think this contributed to making me feel frustrated with the flow of the plot. A lot of the narrative is spent inside Mara's head which only provide a narrow and often unreliable viewpoint. I felt as if I desperately needed to see the wider picture in order to gain clarity.

What really stood out in this book was the romantic element provided by the utter swoonalicious Noah Shaw. He is seriously drool worthy, and definitely made the book for me. The way he is with Mara is heart warming, providing much needed hope and optimism.

So while I feel decidedly indifferent to most of the book I adored Noah and shall continue to read the series and hope I can bond with Mara.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Mara Dyer wakes up in hospital with no clue how she got there. She doesn't remember sneaking into an abandoned insane asylum with her boyfriend, Jude, and friends Clare and Rachel or its collapse. She doesn't know why she's the only survivor.

Left with PTSD that makes her hallucinate visions of her dead friends, Mara's family move from Rhode Island to Miami to begin afresh. But Mara's new start at Croyden Academy goes awry when she runs foul of Anna and Aiden by attracting the attention of Noah Shaw, a blond English boy with devilish good looks and a reputation as a sexual predator.

Despite the warnings of her only friend, Jamie, Mara is drawn to Noah and when her hallucinations of other people's deaths start coming true, he's the only person she can turn to. But Noah has secrets of his own, secrets that will leave Mara questioning just who and what she is ...

Michelle Hodkin's debut YA novel is a weird mix of psychological thriller and paranormal fantasy that doesn't quite hit the mark.

Mara's hallucinations are vividly realised and creepy both because of what she sees and her reaction to the same. For me, they're the most powerful scenes in the book. I also liked the fact that Mara is mixed race and has an Indian mother because it gives the book a cultural edge. It's a shame that the cover chooses to show a white girl instead.

However the relationship between Noah and Mara is nothing that hasn't been shown in other YA fiction. Noah's the standard good looking, heart-breaking rich boy who all the girls fancy. His secret is easy to guess, his family issues didn't interest me and I found his behaviour too controlling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Book
From the moment I opened the book, I fell in love! The plot has the perfect amount of romance, thrills and suspence to keep me hooked. Read more
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I first picked up The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer having heard a number of people I know talk avidly about the concluding book - their excitement was enough to make me pick up the... Read more
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Darkly exciting, beautifully thrilling, enchanting page turning. This book is one of the best books I have ever read. Read more
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Absolutely loved the Mara Dyer trilogy. Before reading I was definitely sceptical but the characters were so inviting and the whole series was so hard to put down with it always... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Questions without answers. But overall really good.
Wow. Not only did I enjoy this book I could not put it down. Even with all the questions I have I found the book to be enjoyable. Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars I've started the Mara Dyer books with great expectations and the first...
Extremely disappointing end to the series.
I've started the Mara Dyer books with great expectations and the first one was definitely worth reading. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Have read this book in the past and so bought for a friend for Christmas, very impressed with the delivery speed.
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A truly underrated book, this series deserves much more attention than it has gotten so far. Often the English is very Americanised however the plot is incredibly original, I would... Read more
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