Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer


Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon Pulse UK
Series: Mara Dyer, Book One
Read: 24th September 2015
Genre: Young Adult, YA, fiction, romance, fantasy, supernatural, paranormal


Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger. She wakes from a coma in hospital with no memory of how she got there or of the bizarre accident that caused the deaths of her best friends and her boyfriend, yet left her mysteriously unharmed. The doctors suggest that starting over in a new city, a new school, would be good for her and just to let the memories gradually come back on their own.

But Mara’s new start is anything but comforting. She sees the faces of her dead friends everywhere, and when she suddenly begins to see other people’s deaths right before they happen, Mara wonders whether she’s going crazy! And if dealing with all this wasn’t enough, Noah Shaw, the most beautiful boy she has ever seen can’t seem to leave her alone… but as her life unravels around her, Mara can’t help but wonder if Noah has another agenda altogether…


Mara wakes up in hospital and finds that she can’t really remember anything from the last few days. Predicted to kill her best friend by an Ouija board, she’s devastated to find that her friend has died in a building collapse and that’s the reason she’s in the hospital. Unable to stay in the town where she grew up with her friend, she begs her family to move so she can start fresh.

A few weeks later, they’re down in Florida and Mara and her siblings are starting at their new school, which is also a private school. There, she meets a new friends and makes an enemy of her Spanish teacher, as well as one of the most popular girls at school. She also comes across Noah Shaw, not thinking too much of him the first time she sees him.

But with all these strange deaths going on around her and her memories coming back to haunt her, Mara finds herself friends with the elusive English boy. When her younger brother goes missing, Noah is the one to show up at her window in the middle of the night and to rescue him. Noah is the one who brings her places and helps her deal with school bullies and Spanish teachers, as well as helping her with her returning memories.

And when they find out that what they can do can counter-act the other, Noah is the one convincing her to stay away from the pull of her powers. But Mara finds that she can’t and when it ends with her father in the hospital, Mara realises that she needs to turn herself in in order to stop herself.

That is, until she sees her dead ex-boyfriend walking through the halls of the police station.

An excellent book full of mystery, suspense and with a dash of romance, it’s a fab read for those looking for a new kind of supernatural to read.


If you liked the Shatter Me series or the Covenant series, you’ll find yourself liking this book too. I’m looking forward to reading book two in the series, hopefully soon.


I gave this book a 5/5🌟




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