Saturday, November 10, 2012

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Published: September 27, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 480
Series: Mara Dyer #1
My Rating:  2 of 5 stars

 Synopsis:
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.
 

After Mara survives the traumatizing accident at the old asylum, it makes sense that she has issues. She lost her best friend, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s sister, and as if that weren’t enough to cope with, her family moves to a new state in order to give her a fresh start. But that fresh start is quickly filled with hallucinations—or are they premonitions?—and then corpses, and the boundary between reality and nightmare is wavering. At school, there’s Noah, a devastatingly handsome charmer who seems determined to help Mara piece together what’s real, what’s imagined—and what’s very, very dangerous.
 

This fast-paced psychological—or is it paranormal?—thriller will leave you breathless for its sequel, The Evolution of Mara Dyer.

My Review: I should know by now that I should stay away from books that everyone seems to love. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer wasn't creepy or really special. I find it disappointing when I read reviews about how creepy a book is and then I read it and I'm not scared. I guess I'm one of those people that doesn't get scared by books. Scary movies on the other hand freak me out. I wish it was the other way around.

So we have Mara Dyer and I didn't actually hate her. I hated how she was obsessed with Noah. She made crappy decisions too. Other than that I didn't mind her. Which is kind of a first. Normally I don't like the main character if they obsess over a guy in book.

Now my real problem with the book was Noah. I don't even know where to begin. First of all he has a British accent. Now I love British accents but in books? Not so much. There's no real reason for him to have an accent because the book doesn't take place in England. It was just there to make him more attractive. Then there's also the fact that he's slept with basically everyone at the school and he's loaded. So we have a rich British boy that's slept with everyone. He also can do whatever he want because everyone just loves Noah. He also follows Mara into the ladies room because he wants to ask her to dinner. You hear that guys? If you haven't followed a girl into the ladies room to ask them to dinner then you're doing it wrong. Noah is also a complete jerk most of the time. I just...how is that appealing?

Now as you've probably guessed Noah and Mara fall in love. Now I'm not exactly sure how I feel about it. Well actually I'm pretty sure that most of the time I didn't like their relationship. Mara spends most of her time trying not to hurt Noah and then at the end I could barely take her "I don't want to kill you so I can't be with you" talk with Noah. Oh but wait that's not even the best part. After that she wants to have sex with him even though she won't kiss him because she thinks that's safer.
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 Then there's also the ridiculous lines in this book. That make me want to laugh and bang my head against the wall at the same time. Here's some examples:
"What could I say? Noah, despite you being an asshole, or maybe because of it, I'd like to rip off your clothes and have your babies. Don't tell."
and
"Let me guess. A certain unkempt bastard with a panty-dropping smile?"
A guy said the last one. I don't even know what to think of that.

Now there were some things that I did like about this book. Mara's ability is awesome and pretty original. The best part of the book would have to be the ending. I didn't think I would want to read the next book but after that ending I think I might have to.



4 comments:

Ariella Blake said...

Aww.. You didn't like this one? It was an okay book for me.. well.. the quotes were pretty funny.. My class mates are all like that with nasty remarks so I'm used to it.. LOL..

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Erika Anderson said...

My classmates say stuff like that but the way it was said was so strange. See I like the idea but not the actual book. I'll probably read the next one though because I need to know why/how *spoiler* Jude is alive. *spoiler*

Nickie said...

*facepalm* I really hate books that perpetuate the idea that girls should dig the hot, obnoxious man-slut. Noah sounds like he should be kicked down the stairs, not cuddled. Great review :)

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Erika Anderson said...

I know! So annoying. Thanks :)

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