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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer


The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
By Michelle Hodkin


Summary:
Mara Dyer believes life can't 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.

4.8/5 Stars
Ok so I am back with another reread book review. I know I know I should be reading new books but I promise I have an excuse for this one. See the next one is coming out relatively soon and after the Divergent reread I had to see if this book was still one of my favorite books. Actually I really just haven't had the motivation or time to pick up and completely new book but its fine, reading old favorites brings me joy. Anyways, now to actually begin the review. 

I just need to start by saying this is a weird book. I really can't go fully into its weirdness without spoiling some pretty major parts, but its pretty odd. It is also pretty dark. If you are looking for a light happy read this probably isn't it. Then again if you are looking for a light happy read why on earth would you pick up a book with this cover... Now I wouldn't say its scary necessarily... Its not scary in a horror movie crazy murderer jumping out at you kind of way, its a slow psychological thriller type of scary. 

My favorite part of this book is that the main character, Mara Dyer (hence the title), is a little unreliable. As is you don't necessarily know if she is 100% sane all of the time. Since it is told in first person, you feel a little insane yourself. You never know if what she is seeing is really there or if she is just imaging it. You don't know whats real (thats the slow psychological scary part that I was talking about). Mara is actually just great in general. You would think that a story like this, where you aren't sure if the main character is going crazy or if just some really strange stuff is going on, would be just super dark and creepy all the way through. But Mara is actually really funny. All of her narration is extremely funny. It is often a kind of dark dry humor to be fair, but I still provides a much needed break from the slowing going insane parts.

Overall, I still love this book. Yes there are some parts where I am like why Mara?? Why would you do that?? but I think that kind of comes with the territory when you are writing from the point of view of someone who may or may not be just a tad crazy. So go read it. I don't think that it is for everyone because as I mention above it is quite strange, but for the people who like the kind of book, I think it is very good. 
-Lily

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