Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Book #: One
Author: Michelle HodkinPublished: 2011
Source: Around the World ARC Tours
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.
(taken from goodreads.com)
The story is told in first person through the eyes of Mara, which allowed me to fully immerse myself in her creeptastic world full of specters and hallucinations. It'd been a while since I was so addicted to a book that I sacrificed sleep just to read one more chapter. And one more. And maybe just a couple more pages... Before I knew it, I'd devoured half of the story.
Mara is just a teeny, tiny bit crazy. Ghosts of her old boyfriend and best friend and vivid hallucinations are just the tip of the iceberg. As the story wove in and out of reality, the past and future seemed to blur together until I could hardly differentiate between what really happened and what Mara merely imagined. Instead of annoying me, the confusion added to the dream-like quality of the story.
I just adored the characters. Mara is the sarcastic yet deep friend that every teenage girl wishes she had. I completely loved her right away. Similarly, her two brothers were adorably caring and hilarious. I wish I had a protective, comforting older brother like Daniel.
On the other hand, I really, really wanted to hate Noah Shaw. I mean, he's cocky, he's a ladies' man, and he smokes. I swear, I tried to despise him! But, somewhere along the way, he sort of swept me off my feet. Maybe it was his utter devotion and fierce love. Maybe it was his jaw-dropping good looks, or the way he always showed up at just the right moment. No matter the reason, I now believe that I may have to marry him.
Warning: this book is ADDICTIVE. Like, I'll-stay-up-reading-until-my-eyes-burn addictive. I could literally ramble on for several hundred more words (trust me, my friends, who have been listening to me rave all day, would second that), but I'll spare you the pain. In short, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is a creepy, hilarious, sexy, and beautifully-written novel that will have you dying inside. Go buy it. NOW.
P.S. Michelle Hodkin, if you read this... I'M DYING OVER HERE. HOW COULD YOU JUST END IT LIKE THAT?! I need the sequel. This minute.