The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
By Michelle Hodkin
Mara Dyer believes life can’t 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 strangely unharmed.
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
This novel can easily be described as a psychological thriller. The novel evokes strong emotions, keeping the reader sitting on the edge of their chair, just waiting for the next unforeseeable event. A characteristic rarely found in most teen novels. This book is, in simple terms, unpredictable. One minute I was laughing at some cheesy comment and the next I was trembling in fear and anticipation.
Michelle Hodkin clearly demonstrates her talent as an author, through her in depth knowledge of her characters. I soon found myself becoming attached to the Dyer family, particularly the innocence of the sheltered younger brother in contrast with the wiser and overbearing older brother. I adored the profound dynamics in the major relationships in the novel. Whether they were familial or romantic, Hodkin has a talent for pulling at your heartstrings. I found the mother-daughter relationship to be one of my favorites. Mara’s mother, Indie and Mara’s relationship was an excellent representation of confusion, misunderstanding and frustration that many teenage, mother-daughter relationships undergo.
Michelle Hodkin has the incredible ability to transform an ordinary event into a complex series of thought provoking and sometimes disturbing themes. I greatly enjoyed witnessing the coming together of this novel through the intricately constructed plots in the lives of the characters, unfolding and shaping the unpredictability of the story. Overall I have to say that I greatly enjoyed this novel and cannot wait to read the rest of the trilogy.