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{November 9, 2011}   {Review} The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

From Goodreads: 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.


I started this blog in late January, and ever since then, this book has been on my radar.  I’ve seen the beautiful cover all over many book blogs, read many wonderful reviews of the book, and all around have coveted it, waiting until I could finally own it and read it for myself.  That day has arrived, and I’m ecstatic to say that all the hype surrounding this book was right on target.  This book is amazing!

Hodkin is a truly talented writer.  She makes this novel fly by with her tight storyline and believable prose.  At 452 pages, it’s is what I’d consider a long novel, but at no point in reading did I want to set it aside or take a break.  This book is impossible to put down, in my opinion, and I was able to read it extremely quickly.  Of course, Hodkin’s characters made me feel like I was in the story, and I’m envious of Mara… I want Noah for myself!!

It’s true…  I am in love.  With Noah.  He is a great character, and I absolutely adore him.  The mystery surrounding him is extremely intriguing, and I loved finding out the truth about him alongside Mara.  Mara is also a really interesting character shrouded in mystery.  The fact that she doesn’t know the truth about the accident that killed her friends is really intriguing, and I love how Hodkin slowly divulges the truth.  I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting the elements of magical realism, but they fit nicely into the story and have me dying for the next installment in the novel already!  Next year can’t come fast enough!  I need more Noah, for sure, and, as the novel’s ending did leave room for interpretation, I’m a little bit worried about where it might go in the next book.  Like I said, I need it now… the wait it killing me!

Hodkin’s debut novel is riveting, and she’s quickly become one of my top ten authors of all time!  Five stars.


Yay! You loved it! This is another one I’ve heard so many things about…..I can’t wait to read it. I’m glad there’s a swoon-worthy guy in it too….because Noah sounds awesome.

Oh good! I am always glad when a book lives up to its hype…and Mara Dyer has certainly been hyped up. I haven’t read this one yet, but I hope I end up loving it as much as you do!

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