The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
By Michelle Hodkin
September 27, 2011
Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, 464 pages
Mara Dyer doesn’t believe 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 strangely unharmed. There is.
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love. She’s wrong.
— Amazon.com description
This book has been buzzed about and shrouded in secrecy and has whipped everyone into a tizzy. Which is so fun, no?
So here’s my summary: Mara was in this awful accident that totally traumatized her. She moves to a new school to start over and meets a smarmy-yet-cute loner dude.*
His name is Noah, and I see him as a mix between Logan Echols from Veronica Mars, Ryan Philippe’s character from Cruel Intentions and Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl. He’s bad, but secretly sweet and misunderstood, and maybe Mara can inspire him to change, etc. Girls love that type of hopeless positive thinking. Bonus: English accent.
Their sexual tension was great. As was the book’s overall tension! I mean, this is what I’d describe as a psychological thriller. Mara’s memories are all blocked, and she’s got to put the pieces back together to solve the mystery of what happened to her.
I loved it. Until about three-fourths of the way through.
The terms “Gatorgate” and “Strange Ending Disorder” have been thrown around (mostly by Rachel). Let’s just say something happens with alligators, and after that…I didn’t really like it anymore. I had a million questions and no clue what was going on.
So what do you do about a book that you really enjoyed for three-fourths and are puzzled over for one-fourth? Is it still a success? I don’t know. If you’ve read it, let me know what you think — I hear the ending might be rewritten for final publication. (Update: I have just been told this is just a rumor. Ignore me.)
*Loner dudes always make for great stories – just ask the Forever YA girls; they will go on about this if you want them to.