Review: The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin


The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Published by Simon Schuster on October 23rd, 2012
Genre(s): Paranormal, Young Adult
Page Count: 452

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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I Enjoyed:

  • I feel like this is the type of book I have yet to read. I don't read a lot of "paranormal" type books. It's taken me a long time to even get to this one. I just like how this book isn't like anything else I have ever read. I was easily addicted to this story. I absolutely loved it.
  • I really love how easy it was to read. Sometimes with paranormal stuff, I feel like I could get confused quickly.
  • I love Mara. I love getting to know her and watch her try and figure out what's wrong with her. She's definitely a strong character. I know I for sure wouldn't be able to deal with what she goes through.
  • I like Noah for the most part. Except the "fixing Mara" thing. I like that he's a rich boy who doesn't flaunt it. I like that he doesn't really put himself out there for attention, minus his good looks. I really like that he would do anything to protect Mara.
  • I love Mara's family. I love a book with a great family. Her parents are so caring. They move out of state to help Mara cope with her losses. They don't force her into therapy. They don't force her to do anything she doesn't want to do.
  • That cliffhanger at the end! What!?!?!?!

I Didn't Enjoy:

  • I highly dislike the trope that the boy can help fix the girl. I hate it so much. Granted, Noah realizes there's not much he can do. For now. We'll see what happens in the next books.
  • Um, how are the cops not asking more questions of Mara. I feel like that was a bit unrealistic. I know this is a paranormal book and that it's no shape or form real.

Overall Thoughts:

I honestly didn't expect this book to hold up to all the good reviews from when this book came out. I did read this book a lot later than most. I'm shockingly surprised with how much I love this book. I love the paranormal aspects and I love the romance. I'm kind of mad at myself for not being a big reader when the book was released. I definitely would have rated it five stars then.

I loved so many things about this book. I cannot wait to see what happens next!

4/5 Stars


  1. I read the Mara series and enjoyed them all. It gets a bit weird toward the end but I thought it was relatively solid overall. I haven’t read the book from Noah’s perspective yet.

  2. I have the book from Noah’s perspective. I’m not entirely sure I want to read it though

  3. I'm glad you liked this book! It's held up well over the years, I was late getting to it too. Am curious for the sequel. Mara's family is so nice, her mom especially. Also agree about some parts being unrealistic.

  4. I mean, wouldn’t you think she’s suspicious if she’s the one who called animal control and the dog goes missing? Why wasn’t she questioned??

  5. Yeah, I'm not racing to read it either. If it ends up being repetitive (same story just told from his viewpoint) I am not sure I am super interested in that anyway. So much time has passed now since I've read the Mara series that I am probably ultimately going to pass on the Noah books myself.

  6. I hate when authors do that. It honestly feels like a cop out. Just write their own story, don’t rewrite something you’ve already written!

  7. I agree! It’s a total cop out!!!

  8. I’ve been curious about this book and series—it’s been coming up a lot in people’s feeds, despite its age. I’m glad to hear that it’s worth it!

  9. Great review, Tiffany!! I've honestly been wanting to read this one for so long, so it's great to see that you enjoyed it! The whole boy fixing girl trope does put me off a bit, but it's wonderful to see that the other aspects of the story are quite appealing! I don't read much paranormal either, so I need a nice book that isn't too confusing, nor difficult for me to get into in this genre! Haha. <3

  10. It would definitely make a great Halloween read!


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