Book Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Happy Sunday! Here in my little corner of the world, it’s a beautiful snowy day, perfect for curling up with a cup of hot tea and a good book – unless you have to work on Sundays, like me! In that case, I’m choosing to live vicariously through those of you who are luckier than I am.

In preparation for my January wrap-up (seriously, can you believe January is almost over?), I’m trying to write a short review for every book that I’ve read so far. Today, that review is The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. I’m a little late to the party, considering this book was published 8 years ago, but if you want to hear my thoughts anyway, read on.

*The following review isn’t entirely spoiler-free. Consider yourself warned.*

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer: 3.5-4/5 stars

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer begins with the main character waking up in the hospital, unharmed but with no memory of what landed her there. The book progresses between “before” scenes, of Mara’s old life, and “after” scenes, as Mara desperately tries to adjust to her new life after the accident that she survived, but killed her best friend Rachel and two of their classmates.Strange things keep happening to her, she;s seeing people who are supposed to be dead, and when people around her start dying, Mara needs to remember what happened during the accident in order to find out what’s really happening to her.

I wouldn’t say that I have a love-hate relationship with this book. More of a love-indifference relationship. The book is a little bit cliche, with your typical stubborn and snarky, completely-unaware-of-her-beauty heroine and a handsome mysterious male lead with (of course) a swoon-worthy accent, but once I got into this book, I didn’t really care about the cliches or the gushy teenage romance, because the action kept me turning the pages. Of course, in the end, I love a good cliche and the romance between the two main characters grew on me. I can’t complain too much, I live for these types of books.

While I think 2019 me is a little too old for this book, 2011 me would have LOVED every second of it, and I think that counts for something. Minus the trope-y bits and the sometimes confusing timeline, the suspenseful and “horror” parts of this book are exactly what I like to read in a fantasy novel. It kept me hooked for the rest of the series (reviews to follow). If you’re looking for an easy read and curious about this book, pick it up and give it a go!

Until next time, happy reading.

H.

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