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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

"The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer" - A Little Bit Paranormal

Sometimes when I go to Books a Million or Barnes and Noble I impulse buy books. For any book obsessed human being, this really shouldn't come as a surprise. There was a sale going on with these books (that I bought legitimately months ago) for a buy two get the third free. How could I pass this up? Plus the summary for The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin was intriguing.
Hodkin, Michelle. 2011.
You wake up with no memory of the last few days. Your friends were killed in an accident that you miraculously survived. Your family has to move to another state to escape the fallout. You meet a mysterious boy who seems to know more about your past than you do. You start seeing things that can't possibly be there. You are afraid you are losing your mind. Can you keep it together? Mara Dyer is about to find out.
I devoured this book! There are so many cliff hangers in it, and I felt like I had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next. As you can imagine, when you wake up with no memory over a traumatic accident, typically your brain is shielding you from the trauma. Over time, you start to remember what happened. Based on that fact, Mara starts to remember more and more of what happened to her and her friends that tragic night. But basically everyone in her life thinks that she is suffering from PTSD and is seeing things that aren't really there. And there are times when she thinks that she's seeing things that aren't there too. As the story goes on, you really start to feel for and empathize with Mara because there are times when it seems like no one is on her side despite what you as the reader no about Mara and the storyline.

Let's talk characters for a minute - because there are so many great ones! You have the obvious one: Mara - she's a good one, but not my favorite. I love Noah Shaw (aka the love interest). And Daniel (the older brother) and Joseph (the younger brother). Jamie (Mara's friend from school - he's hilarious). Hodkin really created a great cast of characters and I really enjoyed their interactions with each other and with Mara.

As soon as I finished this book, I luckily had the second book in the trilogy sitting around (The Evolution of Mara Dyer) that I could jump right into. Which is what happens when a book ends on a cliff hanger and you need to know what happens next.

Have you read this book? I'd love to know your thoughts!
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