Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A nice romance with some twists. Mara is in a coma after an accident that claimed the lives of her three best friends. She can’t recall the night at all, but she is devastated at their loss when she awakens. So much so that she suffers from “spells” and delusions, and can’t stand to be in the same town where they grew up, so her family moves across the country to help her. She sees a psychiatrist regularly, but isn’t fond of the medications, and doesn’t take them. The book deals with her family, and their coping with her, and her transition into the new school, where her older brother is now a senior, and she is a sophmore or junior. She meets a guy, a gorgeous guy, one that she is warned about – they say he’s loved and dumped every girl in school. But she is drawn to him, in a way she never was before. The romance builds slowly over the course of the book, and revels in the feeling that Mara experiences. Normally teen romance isn’t my thing, but this one is done so well, that it feels more like an adult romance, slowly unpeeling the layers of emotion. In the meantime she is starting to recall what happened, while at the same time strange things are happening to her and around her. How she remembers, and what that means, along with how she figures out what is different about her now, is the underlying plot of the book. I truly enjoyed it, and found it to be compelling, although it did end on a cliffhanger, so I suppose there will be more, or I hope so? Well done “paranormal.”

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