Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Series: Mara Dyer, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Frightening, sweet, and totally shocking, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer had me madly turning pages, desperate to solve its puzzle.
Mara Dyer is a girl who doesn't know what's happening to her. She's seeing things, hearing voices that aren't there, and she is lost, haunted by the memory that she killed her friends, Claire, Jude, and Rachel. After the reader learns this, they journey with Mara through the terrifying mystery that is her accident, and her past, all the while trying to navigate a new school and crush.
What I liked:
-Mara's name, which means bitterness in Hebrew
-Mara's constant dirty language
-Mara's younger brother Joseph
-Noah Shaw, a mysterious boy who seems to know more about Mara than he lets on
-Jamie Roth, Mara's first friend, the black bisexual boy who takes her under his wing
-The pace of the novel and how it seemed to bounce between Mara's normal life and the mystery trying to claw its way out
-The way that one second you emerge from something frightening, only to be plunged in once more in a way you never see coming
-The creepy yet intriguing cover of the novel
-The shocking, scary ending--I can't wait to read The Evolution of Mara Dyer!
What I didn't like:
-Neither of Mara's parents
-Mara's brother, Daniel
-Anna and Aiden
-Noah and Jamie's relationship
I loved this novel--it kept me on the edge of my seat--and would recommend it to anyone looking for a creepy, spooky diversion. A note, though: This novel is not for the squeamish. Some of it gets scary and more than a little graphic, so read at your own risk!