Published October 23rd 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
She’s wrong. (Goodreads)
This is the first volume in the trilogy and I was excited to finally pick this up and read it. I have heard very minimal about the story other than the reader can not trust Mara. So that’s where my expectations ended. So many people seem to really enjoy this volume and the 2nd but the final volume is where people weren’t as happy.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer follows the story of Mara after she wakes up in a hospital bed not knowing how she got there. Her family relocates to a new town and school so Mara can hopefully overcome this devastating tragedy. The typical YA tropes, the girl with abilities, the unexplained events, the hot, arrogant guy who is shrouded in mystery, propels the story forward through a series of jarring flashbacks and a strange timeline. The writing is beautiful and fast paced but the story is just average. I found myself waiting to be hooked into the story and that really didn’t happen until more than half way through. Once you realize the direction the story is headed it’s just a matter of reading it to confirm your theories. There were some twists and turns that kept it from being a total dub, and I did appreciate that the Dyer family played a role in the story.
The character of Jaime really confused me. He was the first person to befriend Mara at her new school, and warn her about Noah, but then he dropped out of the story and we never find out what becomes of him. I hope his timeline continues in the other books. Otherwise he seems pointless. Noah, Noah, Noah…. What can I even say about Noah? Hot? Yes. Arrogant? Yes (to a point). Noah is the hottest guy at Mara’s new school and surprise he likes her, or is at least intrigued by her. Although Mara has been warned, Noah is persistent and before you know it the focus shifts away from the paranormal and focuses on the romance, or at least the budding romance. I didn’t mind the romance. I was in fact rooting for Noah.
The story took a weird turn and I can’t imagine what is going to happen next. Lucky for me there was a sneak peek into the next book which has me dying to get my hands on it.
I rated The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer 3 stars.