Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Hardcover: 544 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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.
I have thought about this review all day. Mostly because my emotional reaction to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyeris confusion. Sheer and utter confusion.
Now, this is not to say that Mara Dyer is not a good book. It is. There is lots of good in there: good writing, good mystery. But that’s about it. Mara Dyer is just good. Barely average. Parts were somewhat disjointed as though we were inside Mara's brain and the book was written the same as her thought process--like there were missing details, purposefully removed to add to the confusion.
The characters are shallow and thin as rice paper. Mara is whiney and inconsistent. Aiden and Anna were plastic copies of other evil stereotypical just-there-for-angst characters of many YA novels. Noah was unrealistic and multiple-personalitied. From chapter to chapter I just didn’t know who I was going to get. Jamie was the only character who seemed to be thought through and remained himself. And I liked him and Daniel the most of all the people in the book.
Torn between hating it and liking it with mild curiosity, I was left confused and vaguely disappointed. There were so many almosts, but nothing really developed or came to light in the some 400 pages. Mara Dyer felt like a 400+ page introduction. There was a major cliffhanger at the end. Which is enough to have me put book 2 on my TBR. I can't decide if I hate Hodkin or appreciate her cunning.
I don't know how I feel about it, except that confusion pretty much describes it. Maybe that’s how we’re supposed to feel?
2 Moons: For all the hype, I was let down.