The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
By Michelle Hodkin
4 out of 5
Mara Dyer wakes up in a hospital room. Her best friend, Rachel, is dead and Mara is the only person who knows what happened to her. But Mara can't remember. She can't remember a horrible accident that killed two of her friends and her boyfriend. Fast forward a little bit, Mara's family has moved down to sunny Florida hoping to start over with a new life and a new school. But weird things keep happening to Mara, that no one else seems aware of. What if she is crazy like her mom seems to think? Or is it something more than that? Added onto that, when Mara catches the eye of private school, Cryoden's infamous British womanizer, will her life here be any easier than it would have been before? And why does this bad boy, Noah, seem to know exactly how to get her to fall in love with him?
Wow, starting the first few pages, this book gripped me and wouldn't let go. When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it, I was wishing that I had it with me, and I was wishing that I was reading it. It was addictive and a number of naps during the school day are thanks to staying up late into the night to read every word I could through drooping eyelids. I think Mara and her family might be Indian (as in from India), but that's not how I pictured them. In my mind, her older brother, Daniel, has the face of Josh Bowman, who plays the character of the same name, Daniel, on one of my favorite shows, Revenge. Mara is small and cute, with dark blonde hair, and natural highlights--much like my own. Mara has to deal with her own traumas and overcome the challenges of uncovering the truth of what happened to Rachel. Mara is an intriguing character, but let's be honest, the star of this book is Noah. He is gorgeous and British (very du jour), he has the bad boy exterior but to Mara he reveals his true inner core. My favorite scene in the book is when they are in Mara's bed, I thought that that was just adorable! Can't wait to get my hands on the next book, The Evolution of Mara Dyer !!