The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer Author Michelle Hodkin is a Book Michelle Hodkin is the author of the Mara Dyer Trilogy which was a New York Times USA Today and Publishe

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer Author Michelle Hodkin is a Book Michelle Hodkin is the author of the Mara Dyer Trilogy, which was a New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling series The trilogy, which includes The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, and The Retribution of Mara Dyer, was described as haunting and dreamlike by Cassandra Clare and darkly funny, deliciously creepy, and genuinely thoughtful by Veronica Roth Lev Grossman has called Hodkin One of the greatest talents in Young Adult fiction The novels were praised by Romantic Times, MTV s Hollywood Crush, and the Los Angeles Times, and books from the series appeared on several state reading lists Additionally, The Retribution of Mara Dyer was selected as one of TIME s Top 10 YA Books of 2014 Hodkin grew up in Florida, went to college in New York, and studied law in Michigan, before finally settling in Brooklyn last year You can visit her online at michellehodkin twitter MichelleHodkin pinterest michellehodkin michellehodkin.tumblr. Mara Dyer believes life can t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.It can.She believes there must be to the accident she can t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed There is.She doesn t believe that after everything she s been through, she can fall in love She s wrong.. The best Book The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer Warning: this review contains flashing gifs and foul language.I've spent two years avoiding this book. I remember in 2011 when I stumbled across that exciting GR description and pretty - if slightly creepy and discomfiting - cover, but my initial curiosity was quickly dampened by the reviews from my trusted goodreads friends. And for nearly two years, I have listened. My intentions were to never give this book/series another thought, until I recently came across this interesting page: 15 Young Adult Books Every Adult Should Read. And I noticed authors like Laurie Halse Anderson on the list. That's when something inside me rose up to meet the promise of a challenge - plus, who knows, sometimes my favourite books of all time have been those I'd taken a chance on against the odds.But this book was just bad. The exciting premise is wasted on a novel that eats at the same lunch table as Twilight, Hush, Hush and Fallen. The mysterious paranormal aspect opens up many avenues for the author to have explored and yet she chooses instead to pick the dullest one - a cliched romance. And damn if this book isn't one huge glowing neon cliche. One where a boring heroine with a severe lack of personality meets a ridiculously good-looking, sexy, British bad boy - who could have anyone he wants - and he somehow finds himself madly in love with her. Why? Well, that remains the biggest mystery of all. Two words come to mind when I think back over this book: wish fulfillment. But yes, the other two words spring to mind a lot too. This novel is a very fine example of a certain brand of book that contains mediocre-at-best writing, unbelievably hot male love interests and is an empty, easy sell for young teen girls. Noah really is quite laughably perfect (if you like controlling jerks, but I'll get to that in a second) with his perfect face, hair, body, smile (etc.), his massive fortune, his intelligence which includes knowledge of six languages and large quotes from various classic novels. He is so flawless, I felt like he'd just rolled off the factory production line, spritzed, polished and raring to go.Ah yes, and about that controlling thing I mentioned. There's really no need to explain it in detail, I'll just pull up some quotes for you:Noah placed his forefinger above my upper lip and his thumb below my bottom lip, and applied the slightest pressure, cutting me off. "Shut up," he said quietly.What is Mara's response to his rudeness? I nodded feebly. o_O You nodded... feebly? What is wrong with you? I can't understand why you aren't all like:Then: The waiter appeared then, and Noah plucked the menu from my hands and handed it over, rushing off our order in Spanish. The waiter departed for the kitchen. I shot him a dark look. "I hadn't decided yet.""Trust me."This also happens in Fifty Shades of Grey, Christian orders for Ana without even asking what she'd like or if she's vegetarian or has any allergies. For one thing, it's flawed. But beyond that it's just goddamn rude. What exactly is sexy about a guy not giving a damn what you want? When you look past the pretty description we are given of Noah's perfection, I find him incredibly unattractive, pretentious and annoying. If I wasn't British myself, I think this book would give me a really bad opinion of British people; almost as bad as Lindsay Lohan in The Parent Trap remake when she tells her American twin "I have claaasss and you don't." *shudders*This quote - "Because I'm European, and therefore more cultured than you" - might have been funny as an isolated incident but Noah's repetition of similar declarations of cultural superiority (with books, music, etc.) just made me think...I also think Mara is in desperate need of a new girlfriend because the girls in this book are ALL her enemies. Even her two friends at the beginning get separated into best friend and evil girl who's trying to steal best friend away. The word "slut" naturally appears several times in this novel and usually when the characters are talking about mean girl Anna who immediately decided to make Mara's life hell because Noah showed some interest in her. This beautiful quote sums up Anna's characterisation:"The list of what you're missing, Anna, is longer than the South Beach Free Clinic's walk-in list," Jamie said, and I was surprised to hear his voice. "Though I'm sure your hookup resume includes the same names."Cue group laughter as good triumphs over the evil slut who doesn't deserve feelings. This always amazes me in these kind of books - that we're supposed to be sympathetic towards the MC and believe she is the victim and much more interesting because of her lack of sluttiness. I don't think I'll ever understand why that stuff matters. I've been picking out all these quotes throughout this review but I've saved the best for last. If I had been drinking whilst reading this bit, I would have sprayed the contents of my mouth everywhere. I just... can't. This is in response to Mara finding out about how Noah slept with a girl who was in love with him just to prove a point to the girl's brother:I should haul back and smack him, strike a blow for feminism or something or at the very least, get out of the car. But then his thumb traced my skin and without quite realizing it, I leaned toward him and rested my forehead against his. ... to hell with feminism! Hot jerk is touching my face!!

  1. Michelle Hodkin is the author of the Mara Dyer Trilogy, which was a New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling series The trilogy, which includes The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, and The Retribution of Mara Dyer, was described as haunting and dreamlike by Cassandra Clare and darkly funny, deliciously creepy, and genuinely thoughtful by Veronica Roth Lev Grossman has called Hodkin One of the greatest talents in Young Adult fiction The novels were praised by Romantic Times, MTV s Hollywood Crush, and the Los Angeles Times, and books from the series appeared on several state reading lists Additionally, The Retribution of Mara Dyer was selected as one of TIME s Top 10 YA Books of 2014 Hodkin grew up in Florida, went to college in New York, and studied law in Michigan, before finally settling in Brooklyn last year You can visit her online at michellehodkin twitter MichelleHodkin pinterest michellehodkin michellehodkin.tumblr

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  1. Warning this review contains flashing gifs and foul language.I ve spent two years avoiding this book I remember in 2011 when I stumbled across that exciting GR description and pretty if slightly creepy and discomfiting cover, but my initial curiosity was quickly dampened by the reviews from my trusted friends And for nearly two years, I have listened My intentions were to never give this book series another thought, until I recently came across this interesting page 15 Young Adult Books Every Ad [...]


  2. Well, let me get this out of the way The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer has nothing whatsoever in common with The Adoration of Jenna Fox, even though their publisher provided plot descriptions are almost identical What it is similar to is the infamous bestseller Hush, Hush, but it is just a tad less offensive So, if you are a fan of that novel, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is your next natural reading choice.I ll attempt to refrain from excessive ranting here, but, goodness, this novel is just as bad or [...]


  3. 1.5 stars Welcome to yet another teen romance masquerading as a paranormal novel If you re like me, you ve been salivating to read this book for months because of the breathtaking cover and of course, the premise of a girl waking up in a hospital with no memory of how her friends were killed is pretty intriguing I m sorry to say, however, that the maddening phenomenon I m calling cover fraud strikes again, since this is another book whose interior does not live up to its beautiful cover art.Mara [...]


  4. HmmWhere do I even start with this book I guess I should start by saying The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and I have this awkward love hate relationship If this book were a person, it d be the boyfriend I sometimes had fun with, but never wanted to take with me in public because I knew he would do something stupid and embarrass the hell outta me For majority of the first half of the book, I wanted to stomp it into the ground with my pair of patent leather pumps However, somewhere along the lines, I s [...]


  5. After feeling this was a 3 Star read based on content that I had a 5 Star time reading, I decided to meet in the middle with a 4 Star Rating Just go with it All you Mara Dyer haters out there, I get it, there are all the same issues here that people had with Twilight and all the other hyped teen paranormal books of the era I found them too, but I was prepared going in I didn t pick this up until after everyone else had already read it so I knew that these books set feminism back about 100 years [...]


  6. This is THE best book I ve ever read I don t rate my books one star to five stars I rate my books one star to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer People always want to know what my absolute hands down favorite book is And it s funny because when they ask, they always give me that good minute long silence for me to think it over But I never need a minute And I probably never will.This is my favorite book.This book is my trump card whenever my friends and I are talking about the most amazing books ever wr [...]


  7. What a strange book.So strange in fact that I don t know what to make of Mara Dyer.The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is peculiar It s a paranormal story with scenes that border on illogical and highly infused with sometimes cringe worthy, sometimes heart stopping romance.BUT.It s also thrilling and hard to put down I kept my lights on, as recommended by Rachel Hawkins, and let me tell you that you ll want to do that, too.It won t scare you But it will raise goose bumps on your arms and legs and make y [...]


  8. But without my big mouth, no one would know that a seventeen year old who likes Death Cub for Cutie was responsible for the murders No one would know that somewhere out there is a B student with a body count And it s important that you know, so you re not next This book messed with my sanity It teased it, played with it and then tossed it aside and left me trying to gather my wits, something that felt like catching feathers in a tornado Impossible.I was very hesitant to start this book I was con [...]


  9. I truly have no idea where to even start I m sure if I just said Wow Wow Wow Wow Wow Wow over and over again that it would get my point across just fine, but that might be a little repetitive and inarticulate I m going to try to get my very gushing thoughts in order for you guys.When I opened the pages of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer I had no idea what to expect The synopsis really doesn t give you much, and I like it that way The vague synopsis, the eerie cover, and the fantastic title really se [...]


  10. You know when you read a book and you can stop rolling your eyes and think I m too old for this shit Well, that was me reading this book The premise was interesting A girl uses a ouija board with her friend She wakes up in the hospital not remembering how her best friend died Paranormal things start happening But there were so many bad YA tropes I just couldn t deal.Conversations that would never happen between teenagers come on nobody will quote a few sentences from Lolita just like that Evil t [...]


  11. Replace with you and Jade i guess to with The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and the reply can stay the same.Yes I went there.Warning Yes I am actually aware of how juvenile that was There will be no love for Mara Dyer here If you have a problem with that, I suggest you go read another review The funniest part is that whenever I make a warning like this it ends up getting ignored and I m trolled anyway, but hey, it was worth a shot, right Right Also, because I can t be fucked to individually tag every [...]


  12. SPOILER FREE REVIEW youtube watch v 5fQpaPeople have been recommending this to me for ages and I just decided to pick it up on a whim recently and oh my freaking god, this was amazing I flew through this and literally had to force myself to put it down and get some sleep it was that good The characters were amazing, the plot was amazing, the writing was amazing, IT WAS SO GOOD It really wasn t what I was expecting but in the best possible way I ll film a coherent review soon, I need time to pro [...]


  13. This review can also be found at my blog,Cait s Corner Laides and Gentlemen, gather round welcome to trumpets blare Cait s Review of Mara Dyer The profound, prolific, and purely dramatic prologue lights dim and a single spotlight focuses on me a narrator s voice comes out of the loudspeakers Cait doesn t think The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer can get any terrible than reading Twilight and having no memory how she read that without imploding.It can.She believes that there must be to this book with t [...]


  14. I want you all to know that the only reason I m writing this review is because I have nothing better to do It s not because I want you to understand how I felt about it it s not that I have anything particularly inspiring or interesting to say In fact, this quite nicely mirrors the sort of experience this book gave me Sometimes, when I m reading a fucking terrible book, I have to stop and wonder why did no one catch this I m sorry to keep banging on and on and on and repeating the same dreck ove [...]


  15. I ve had this book on my TBR before, but then I removed it because it looked too fluffy you know But it was still on my ereader so I thought, Why no give it a go I m so glad I did, because I could have missed out on one of the best stories I have ever read Mara Dyer has just survived a horrible accident, her friends weren t so lucky.To help cope with the stress, her parents move the entire family to a new town New beginnings But the past has a way of following you wherever you go Mara realises t [...]


  16. I m definitely with Aunt Cassie Clare on this book It s completely romantic and intriguing, I was definitely drawn in from beginning till end and I did not expect that I d like this book that much It probably has a lot to do with Noah who had me swooning from scalp to toenails I think I have a new book boyfriend I m sure the plot wasn t perfectly played and I definitely spotted loopholes in the storyline but you don t get to read a lot of good paranormal stories these days The school setting and [...]


  17. Re read in November 2014THE ENDING THE ENDING OH MAN I FORGOT THAT WAS THE ENDING My general thoughts on the book remain the same as the last time I read this the romance was a bit cheesy, but the mystery and plot twists really held the whole thing together Onwards to book 2 First read in January 2013WOOO AWESOME BOOK At times the main Mara and Noah gave off a very Bella Edward vibe which was a bit of a turn off for me, but the whole mystery and creepiness of the book was great And THAT ENDING N [...]


  18. Shit Shit Shit Noah effing Shaw Shit Shit Shit ShitDamn you for making me squeal like an idot in front of other people Damn you.For the past week I must have started close to a dozen books and this was the only one that I came back to and actually held my attention I don t want to jinx it by proclaiming it had broke me out of my month long slump because really it s too early to tell but what I can definitely say is my attention didn t waver the whole day I was reading the book Drat did I just ji [...]



  19. This beauty is currently on sale for 1.99 it s usually I think 10.99 amzn 2xiinVD I didn t know what was real, what was a nightmare, what was a memory Mara DyerWell Mizz Mara Dyer, you and I have that in common I spent the majority of this book in a state of utter confusion with the question WTF is happening on repeat in my brain Let s break it down quickly, shall we Mara Dyer wakes up in a hospital having been involved in an accident she has no recollection of Because of this accident, Mara is [...]


  20. This book was so darn creepy and delicious that I just want to take a moment to shriek IT IS REALLY GOOD at you Okay I m good now I ve done my shrieking HAHAHA JUST KIDDING I HAVE SO MUCH TO SAY So I went into this book knowing a lot of people liked it but not knowing really what it was about StoryOfMyLifeSinceIAmTooLazyToReadBlurbs My bad But it s basically about Mara Dyer SURPRISE who has PTSD after an accident that killed all her friends So she and family move to a new town Start a new life B [...]


  21. And just like that, I was completely, utterly, and entirely,His 4.5 5 starsMichelle Hodkin is such a good author The novel just grips you and won t let you breath until you ve read it all Most of what I have to say about the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is positive.I ve read it twice now and I have to say that I really very much enjoy reading the dialouges I mean, I enjoyed all of it, but especially the dialouges They re funny, sassy, sexy, always taking turns.The plot is well worked out and the endi [...]


  22. I think this was probably my most anticipated book in the past months, and I also think that was it s downfall You really look forward to a book Everyone is saying how incredibly awesome it is Nothing could ever be as good as this book except maybe Daughter of Smoke and Bone so how can it possibly live up to my already extreme expectations Well not like this Mara Dyer Oh Mara Dyer, you had such an awesome beginning A mysterious and creepy letter to set the mood A strange event no one could expla [...]


  23. II can t evenwhat in the worldDID I JUST READ This book is wrong in so many ways Wrong and confusing Wrong, confusing and weird.What is wrong Pfftt, honey, the whole book is wrong to be exact.I just can t believe that this book, with such an amazing cover plus having an awesome trailer With a hot hero which can convince almost everyone to read this and then having such a mysterious yet gripping blurb to make this book sound so good to the readers here, can be sod youtube watch v u_XXgYLet me sta [...]




  24. Regardless of the flaws, this story captivated me Everything was too easy, the characters too clich d, the romance too center stage, considering the paranormal genre it s put inbut I m still hooked, feeling very omg omg noah shaw


  25. My name is not Mara Dyer, but my lawyer told me I had to choose something a pseudonym a nom de plume, for all of us studying SATs I know that having a fake name is strange, but trust me it s the most normal thing about my life right nowACTION AFTER READING THE BOOKWell okay Not that perfect Second read showed me that, this book was not at all perfect as I thought it was, the first time I read it But still, the 5 stars remain I ve read this book back in 2012 I think I loved it then, I still love [...]



  26. About 2 Stars I know there is no shortage of five star ratings for this book, but I think I completely missed the bus on this oneI feel terrible saying this, but to be completely honest, I m not quite sure what I read Sure, the writing was decent and the book started off promising, to the point where I couldn t put it down but then there was just an avalanche of craziness crumbling down and smashing into me It was overwhelming and confusing, and I honestly couldn t keep up It was as though the p [...]


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