Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on September 27th 2011
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: Kindle Copy
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Mara Dyer believes life can't 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 strangely unharmed.
She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
The Unbecoming of Mara starts after a horrific accident that killed Mara’s best friend and boyfriend, the book flashes between the past and Mara’s present. She now suffers from PTSD and doesn’t have many memories of the accident, her mental health is slowly spiraling throughout the book as more and more memories come back to her.
It is a very creepy read with an interesting paranormal twist. Mara Dyer and Noah Shaw both possess mysterious powers and wind up meeting after Mara moves to a new town after the accident. Noah tries to help Mara as she struggles with her sanity but she slowly shuts down, won’t let anyone in and starts to get lost in her own head. The book is written from Mara’s perspective and makes you question what is real and what isn’t throughout the story. Mara is very impulsive and I had difficulties connecting with her at times. Some of the choices she made had me yelling at the book because I felt like Mara was making such a bad mistake. When she finally comes to terms with her powers she decides to dole out her own brand of justice and it horribly backfires on her. I actually wound up relating a bit more to Noah than Mara and I am excited for the release of The Becoming of Noah Shaw, I can’t wait to get in his head and see things from his perspective. The story had an interesting mystery and kept me guessing until the twist a the end that I did not expect. It will be interesting to see where the next book picks up and what has happened to Mara and Noah.
This book was also a bit of hard read for me as I myself struggle with anxiety and reading about Mara’s experiences felt all too familiar and made it a bit uncomfortable for me at times. The author did a great job depicting the struggle it can be for some people and it really felt like she really did her research. It was a great read but it may take me a little while to finish the last two in the trilogy.
I think this is a fun spooky book and is a great pick for October to get you in the Halloween spirit. I give The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer 3.5 stars and would recommend that you add it to your TBR shelves!
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2017 Reading Challenge