Ashley’s CBR III Review #137: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

CBR III Review #137: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Mara wakes up in the hospital.  She is the only survivor of a horrific accident that killed her closet friends. An abandon building collapsed and Mara was the only one rescued.  No one knows why her and her friends were in the building and now neither does Mara.  She also suffers from PSD and her hallucinations are starting to interfere with her life.  She can no longer tell what is real and what is imaginary.

Her parents decide to move Mara out of the state and to whole new school so she can start over but her problems only follow her.  She of course meets a mysterious handsome student who she is immediately enamored with and all the typical supernatural YA romance is set in motion.

I started off really liking this book and where it was heading.  It had a lot of promise for a novel then about 3/4 of the way through the novel the, other shoe drops, and it takes a turn that I wasn’t too thrilled with.  Then it ended with a cliffhanger that I’m still not sure how I feel about.  I’m assuming this was done so Michelle Hodkin could write a sequel. I just don’t see how this book as the material to warrant more novels.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442421762
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442421769
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)


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3 responses to “Ashley’s CBR III Review #137: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

  1. I’m with you on this one. I really liked it in the beginning and then she starts getting more hysterical and unhinged and I’m like alright here we go! But turns out that was just messy writing not plot development, and then boom, sequel. I was rather disappointed.

  2. As soon as her brother is kidnapped the book goes downhill. It makes no damn sense. I was hoping we would find out she had been in a mental institution the whole time or the boyfriend never even existed.

  3. Seriously! Sometimes it was really choppy and hard to understand too… the brother being kidnapped being a stellar example

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