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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, by Michelle Hodkin

11408650The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Michelle Hodkin
2011 Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN – 9781442421769
Genre – Mystery
Age – High School
4 Stars

Mara wakes up in a hospital, and her parents tell her there has been an accident. Her best friend, her boyfriend, and one other girl were killed in the accident, but she remembers nothing of the night. Despite her lack of memory, she has a strange feeling that there is more to that night than just an accident. She feels like she may actually bear some responsibility for the occurrence. Soon after the accident her family moves far from her old home in attempts to give her a new start. However, the move doesn’t prevent more strange things from happening, in fact things may be getting stranger.

I know that this seems like a very vague description, but I really don’t want to risk saying too much. I really enjoyed this book. It seemed to have a bit more depth than most young adult novels. It had many layers that went far beyond the surface. And just when you think you have everything figured out, you realize, that you had barely uncovered the surface. I liked Mara and the turmoil that she was fighting within herself. The descriptions of her inner battle seemed very realistic. Despite how much she has been wronged on her life, she always takes responsibility for her actions, and tries to right her wrongs. The romance was a bit dramatic and unbelievable at times, which is probably the only thing I didn’t like about the story. I liked the suspense, to the point that once I started, I didn’t put it down.


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