Author: Michelle Hodkin
Release Date: September 27, 2011 (hardcover)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Source: ARC provided by publisher
Overall: 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.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is undoubtedly one of the most hyped books of the year... and ever since the unveiling of its gorgeous cover, it has become one of my own most anticipated. The premise of the novel has been very hush hush, wrapped in secrecy with the sole purpose of taunting readers to open its pages. I began reading The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer knowing only the vague details and it made my reading experience all the more enjoyable!
As the twists and turns build up, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer will leave you questioning everything you thought you knew. The developing romance between swoon-worthy Noah Shaw and Mara Dyer, while sweet to see unfold, was surprisingly not even the main highlight for me. It was the utter skill of Michelle Hodkin to weave an engrossing tale that left me constantly guessing what would happen next as she carefully left breadcrumbs for us to follow. And by the time I reached the final pages, I didn't think my eyes could grow any wider at the shocking discovery Mara had uncovered... or that the events would leave me so anxiously awaiting the second novel.
Mara and her family have recently moved to Miami, hoping to create a fresh start after the tragic accident that killed Mara's boyfriend and her friends. Her parents and brothers are completely supportive and would do anything to comfort Mara, but they're also still incredibly worried and protective because she hasn't been the same since that ill-fateful night. Mara is still reeling from the loss, trying to remember what had happened... and only knowing with growing suspicion there might be more to that night which her shattered memories are letting on.
Michelle Hodkin has made an amazing debut with The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer! Suspenseful and mysterious, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is a brilliant psychological thriller that will leave you breathlessly turning the pages. I didn't think it could possibly live up to my high expectations but...
I was wrong.
Thanks so much to Simon & Schuster Canada for providing this review copy!