- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
- Format: Hardback | 464 pages
- Dimensions: 147mm x 216mm x 33mm | 431g
- Publication date: 27 September 2011
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 1442421762
- ISBN 13: 9781442421769
- Sales rank: 3,448
Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. It can. She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed. There is. She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love. She's wrong.
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By Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books) 25 Mar 2013
I went into book knowing not a whole lot except Mara was a good character and this book was highly recommended and well reviewed.
I came away from this book knowing being in Mara's head is an adventure I will not soon forget.
Michelle writing was great and I was constantly guessing what was going on. I didn't know if Mara was crazy if there was some paranormal aspect that I didn't know about or some other explanation. (Again, didn't look at genre and that just made it even more of an adventure.) I was confused at times, shocked at others, creeped out at spots and wondering about Mara but one thing I knew is: I didn't want to put down the book. I had to get to the bottom of what happened and what was going on.
I also couldn't get enough of the enigma that was Noah. Every time I thought I had figured him out, he would do something else that had me questioning again. But like Mara, I had to have more. Even knowing his bad boy personality and reputation, I couldn't look away. There were some breathtaking and hot scenes and I loved watching their banter and the chemistry.
I guess that I didn't rate this book higher since I was glued to the pages is because I am still confused. I will continue with the series at some point I am sure, but I still don't really understand exactly what was what, and what happened in this one.
Bottom Line: Fast paced and couldn't look way even though I was confused. A lot.
By Amanda 10 Jan 2012
Also reviewed on my blog, The Vintage Bookworm. (http://www.vintagebookworm.blogspot.com)
Why did I wait so freaking long to read this?! I was wanting to read this book before it came out, but my library didn't get it in until December. December! It has already been out for nearly four months! This book was so amazing, that I really want to go back and read it already. It's sitting beside me calling my name, begging me to re-read it.
To be honest, the first thing that drew me in was the enticing cover. I saw the cool watery widget on everyone's sidebars counting down to it's release. I was memorized and immediately looked it up on Goodreads. The summary sounded amazing and the trailer really drew me in. And still, even though I knew that it was going to be good, I didn't realize fully HOW amazing.
Everything was amazing; the writing, the characters, the STORY, the mystery. It was all so twisted. I was a little intimidated at first because I hadn't read such a big book in a while because I had been in a reading funk, but I read it faster than I have with books three times as small! I started it on Saturday and finished on Monday. Pages after pages and chapters after chapters just flew by until I realized, "Hey, I only have a little over a hundred pages left."
I think the only thing I had a problem with was what the heck happened to Jaimi? I really thought he'd make it to a regular character, but somehow he slipped through the cracks and just...disappeared. Poof! Something happens with him (Not saying what.) and he's gone. And I really liked him.
But, if I'm being honest, Noah kind of made up for it. Seriously. He's very swoon worthy. He's definitely my favorite character. Oh, and I don't normally do this, but I put an index card to mark one of my favorite scenes with him. It was absolutely hilarious! I have to share!
Noah flashed flashed her a brilliant smile as he dragged a stool to the center of the room. "Definitely," he said. He sat down, and I looked at my blank page, feeling the pressure of his eyes on me the entire time.
"Um, wait--"the sub said, a note of desperation in her voice.
My eyes flitted up to the front of the classroom. Noah was in the process of unbuttoning his shirt. Sweet Jesus.
"I'm really not comfortable with--"
He pulled his tie lose. My female classmates tittered.
"Hot. So hot."
He lifted the hem of his T-shirt up. Good-bye, dignity. If Noah heard the girls, he made no indication. He caught my stare and shot me a sly smile."
Who wouldn't want to be in THAT art class. He could be my model any day. ;) (I hope my husband doesn't read this...Oops.)
Overall, this book was amazing. I need the sequel now. I think I'd sell my soul for it. Some parts kind of confused me in this book, but it's meant to. I think everything will be more revealed in the sequel. If you aren't reading this book because of the hype, don't worry about the hype. Just read it. Seriously. You'll be thanking me later for it. I'm already hating myself for not reading it the very second it came out.
By Shortskie 13 Nov 2011
Read the full review at: http://rondoofpossibleworld.blogspot.com/2011/11/review-unbecoming-of-mara-dyer-by.html
Mara Dyer is one heck of a roller coaster novel, I can tell you this much from experience. Now this is a book that most people are going to love or most people are going to hate. I definitely enjoyed The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer for three things: The hot, intellectual Noah Shaw that could be as yummy as soft-serve vanilla ice cream. Comedic genius dialogue that had me raving and rolling off my bed a few times. And Jamie Roth, Mr. "skipping-grade-intellect-parseltongue-learning-bisexual" friend who is not only cunning but lovable to where you wanna fistbump after everything he says. Oh, and the cover. Can't forget about that gorgeous cover!
By Rainy Days and Pajamas 30 Oct 2011
DARCUS' RATING: 5 stars.
This was one of those book that caught my attention as soon as I saw it being reviewed on another blog. It was the cover that initially caught my interest at first. It's a very beautiful, haunting cover that draws you in and makes you wonder what the couple's story is. Also, I should mention that the new paper that Simon & Schuster uses for the jacket feels so awesome. If you've felt the cover of Wildefire by Karsten Knight, then you know what I'm talking about. Same kind of paper. Feels like heaven on your fingertips.
The book itself was absolutely amazing. I couldn't get enough of it and I finished it quicker than I normally do when I read a book. It was haunting and drew you in like crazy. There were twists and turns and you never really knew what was going on. But in a good way that makes you want to read more and figure out what the heck is happening to Mara, and then later, what the deal is with Noah.
Mara Dyer's story is creepy and, if these things were to happen to me, I would probably go insane. I highly recommend this book to anyone that is a fan of dark YA.
I'm forcing my husband to read it after he finishes his current book, and you should too.
JESS' RATING: 5 stars
*this review contains spoilers*
What I liked most about this book was the fact that even though it was written for teenagers, the vocabulary was not dumbed down. It was excellently written and it had a plot line that was not the same as most teen books. Yes there was the average drama of high school romance but it had a twist with it.
I was not expecting it to turn out the way it did. For every mystery/thriller book I have read the characteristics' Mara displayed were often ones that when the curtain was revealed, it was her doing the killing or hurting people under the guise of her mind giving her freaky powers.
I am still very curious as to how she got those power's though. I know even in the book both her and the other character Noah have those unique abilities and neither know why. There are no hints, they just are there. Keeping the reader on the edge of their seat as they hurriedly turn page after page in an attempt to unravel this mystery.
It had an awesome ending. One I applaud the writer for because that was like a soccer punch to the face, you did not see it coming but man it left an impact.
I am very glad that I chose to read the book and it is on my to buy list now, as well as one I shall be recommending to one of every age.
By Janalou Cruz 25 Oct 2011
NOAH SHAW. I could write a LOT about him, but since I'm busy we'll let's just say; he is what every YA love interest should be. If you'd read the book, you'd know what I'm talking about.
I just finished this book an hour ago and I still have the goofiest grin on my face AND I'm unable to get the book out of my head. This is a perfect mix and balance of contemporary and paranormal. I'm not even sure if it could be classified as either of those - it's in a league of its own. It's genius.
Full review to come...
There are echoes of Stephen King's classic Carrie in this young-adult series kickoff...Written from Mara's perspective, "The Unbecoming" deftly melds alternate realities. Hodkin's transitions from the mundane to hallucinated horror are unexpected, seamless and creepy, packing the same sort of cinematic punch as scenes from "The Blair Witch Project."...Discerning the truth is just part of the pleasure of reading the delightfully bent reality in "The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer." --"Los Angeles Times "
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