The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Series: Mara Dyer #1
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Genre: YA, Supernatural, Romance
Format: Hardcover 452 pages
Publication Date: September 27th, 2011
Published By: Simon & Schuster Children's

Hauntingly real, and unbelievably well written, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is Michelle Hodkin’s debut YA novel that will leave you breathless until the very end. From the very first page we are sucked into the mystery that is Mara Dyer.

Mara’s life comes crumbling down on top of her–literally. She is the survivor of a horrific and questionable accident that involved her and her three closest friends. It is this accident that begins to define her life, and how she copes with the loss of so many people. This is mirrored in the new life that she ultimately decides to live. She begins to see things, people that should not be around, and the question then becomes…are they real?

Michelle Hodkin has a fluidity to her prose that allows us to experience Mara’s trails and her very real emotions that begin to overcome the life she so badly wants to reclaim. Michelle has the ability to put us inside Mara’s mind, and makes us feel what she feels, and makes us feel for her–even if we don’t quite understand the emotions she is dealing with.

This novel is incredibly powerful, and has stayed with me for weeks after I have finished reading it. There is an amazing love story weaved beautifully into the story, it is by no means minimalist love but it is powerful and advances Mara forward into a new beginning. There is a bit of language, and a few steamy scenes–which are my favorite :)

Michelle, thank you for creating a novel that is so creatively fresh and different. And for creating a character like Mara; very real, very damaged and ultimately strong in her own right.

I very strongly recommend this book. It was absolutely fantastic.

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