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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1)

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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.
Paperback, 452 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published September 27th 2011)
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Emily May
Jul 09, 2015 Emily May rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr, young-adult, 2013
Warning: this review contains flashing gifs and foul language.

I've spent two years avoiding this book. I remember in 2011 when I stumbled across that exciting GR description and pretty - if slightly creepy and discomfiting - cover, but my initial curiosity was quickly dampened by the reviews from my trusted goodreads friends. And for nearly two years, I have listened. My intentions were to never give this book/series another thought, until I recently came across this interesting page: 15 Young A
Jun 06, 2011 Tatiana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of "Hush, Hush"
Well, let me get this out of the way - The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer has nothing whatsoever in common with The Adoration of Jenna Fox, even though their publisher-provided plot descriptions are almost identical. What it is similar to is the infamous bestseller Hush, Hush, but it is just a tad less offensive. So, if you are a fan of that novel, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is your next natural reading choice.

I'll attempt to refrain from excessive ranting here, but, goodness, this novel is just as ba
Wendy Darling
1.5 stars Welcome to yet another teen romance masquerading as a paranormal novel. If you’re like me, you’ve been salivating to read this book for months because of the breathtaking cover—and of course, the premise of a girl waking up in a hospital with no memory of how her friends were killed is pretty intriguing. I’m sorry to say, however, that the maddening phenomenon I’m calling “cover fraud” strikes again, since this is another book whose interior does not live up to its beautiful cover art. ...more
Steph Sinclair

Hmm...Where do I even start with this book? I guess I should start by saying The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and I have this awkward love/hate relationship. If this book were a person, it'd be the boyfriend I sometimes had fun with, but never wanted to take with me in public because I knew he would do something stupid and embarrass the hell outta me. For majority of the first half of the book, I wanted to stomp it into the ground with my pair of patent leather pumps. However, somewhere along the lin
"That's All" Ash
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This is THE best book I’ve ever read.

I don’t rate my books one star to five stars. I rate my books one-star to “The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.”

People always want to know what my absolute hands-down favorite book is. And it’s funny because when they ask, they always give me that good minute-long silence for me to think it over. But I never need a minute. And I probably never will.

This is my favorite book.

This book is my trump card whenever my friends and I are talking about the most amazing books
Lori (Pure Imagination)
I truly have no idea where to even start. I'm sure if I just said 'Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow' over and over again that it would get my point across just fine, but that might be a little repetitive and inarticulate. I'm going to try to get my very gushing thoughts in order for you guys.

When I opened the pages of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer I had no idea what to expect. The synopsis really doesn't give you much, and I like it that way. The vague synopsis, the eerie cover, and the fantastic titl
John Egbert


Replace "with you and Jade i guess?" to "with The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer?" and the reply can stay the same.

Yes. I went there.


(Yes I am actually aware of how juvenile that was.)

There will be no love for Mara Dyer here. If you have a problem with that, I suggest you go read another review. The funniest part is that whenever I make a warning like this it ends up getting ignored and I'm trolled anyway, but hey, it was worth a shot, right?


Also, because I can't be fucked to individually
Hailey (HailsHeartsNyc)

People have been recommending this to me for ages and I just decided to pick it up on a whim recently and oh my freaking god, this was amazing. I flew through this and literally had to force myself to put it down and get some sleep.. it was that good. The characters were amazing, the plot was amazing, the writing was amazing, IT WAS SO GOOD. It really wasn't what I was expecting but in the best possible way. I'll film a more coherent r
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May 17, 2016 Katerina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
“But without my big mouth,no one would know that a seventeen-year-old who likes Death Cub for Cutie was responsible for the murders.No one would know that somewhere out there is a B student with a body count.And it's important that you know,so you're not next.”

This book messed with my sanity.It teased it,played with it and then tossed it aside and left me trying to gather my wits,something that felt like catching feathers in a tornado.Impossible.

I was very hesitant to start this book.I was c
Christine The Dark Romance Junkie *Wallflower Addict*

I've had this book on my TBR before, but then I removed it because it looked too fluffy you know... But it was still on my ereader so I thought, "Why no give it a go?"

I'm so glad I did, because I could have missed out on one of the best stories I have ever read!

Mara Dyer has just survived a horrible accident, her friends weren't so lucky.To help cope with the stress, her parents move the entire family to a new town. New beginnings. But the past has a way of following you wherever you go. Mara re
Raeleen Lemay
May 12, 2015 Raeleen Lemay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Re-read in November 2014
THE ENDING THE ENDING OH MAN I FORGOT THAT WAS THE ENDING. My general thoughts on the book remain the same as the last time I read this; the romance was a bit cheesy, but the mystery and plot twists really held the whole thing together!

Onwards to book 2!!

First read in January 2013
WOOO. AWESOME BOOK. At times the main Mara and Noah gave off a very "Bella & Edward" vibe which was a bit of a turn-off for me, but the whole mystery and creepiness of the book was great! And
I want you all to know that the only reason I'm writing this review is because I have nothing better to do. It's not because I want you to understand how I felt about it; it's not that I have anything particularly inspiring or interesting to say. In fact, this quite nicely mirrors the sort of experience this book gave me.

Sometimes, when I'm reading a fucking terrible book, I have to stop and wonder: why did no one catch this? I'm sorry to keep banging on and on and on and repeating the same dre
Oct 08, 2011 Giselle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, own, paranormal
I think this was probably my most anticipated book in the past months, and I also think that was it's downfall. You really look forward to a book. Everyone is saying how incredibly awesome it is. Nothing could ever be as good as this book - except maybe Daughter of Smoke and Bone - so how can it possibly live up to my already extreme expectations? Well... not like this.

Mara Dyer - Oh Mara Dyer, you had such an awesome beginning. A mysterious and creepy letter to set the mood. A strange event no
Jan 25, 2016 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread, 2015
First read - October 2014
Reread - October 2015 for Readalongs with April!

I will forever love this book.
Mar 11, 2015 Etnik marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

I keep hearing mixed things about this series.I am intrigued to read it because of the mind thing and it really sounds interesting.Any feedback?

This book has been on my tbr since forever and I never had the vibe to start it. Until now.

"Thinking something does not make it true.
Wanting something does not make it real."

This is one of the most confusing shits I've ever read. With an unique premise, Hodkin introduced a Twilightish cheesy teen drama full of cliches and psychological shenanigans. It had more parts that really made me get pissed than I think I needed. With a lot of unnecessary scenes, slut shaming, a sexist bastard and lef
Aug 08, 2012 Saniya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Cait Grace
This book was so darn creepy and delicious that I just want to take a moment to shriek: IT IS REALLY GOOD at you. Okay. I'm good now. I've done my shrieking.


So I went into this book knowing a lot of people liked it but not knowing really what it was about. <-- #StoryOfMyLifeSinceIAmTooLazyToReadBlurbs (My bad.) But it's basically about Mara Dyer (SURPRISE) who has PTSD after an accident that killed all her friends. So she and family move to a new to
May 08, 2016 Britney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book! I want more of it, and I want Noah Shaw to be real! Beautiful writing, great characters, and amazing plot. Michelle Hodkin is perfect!
Apr 29, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mind-melter
Have you ever picked up a book and pretty much only put it down to eat and go to the bathroom (hey, i’m a real person here)?! That’s The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer for me! Seriously, this book is one of those “unputdownables” and Michelle Hodkin wrote this book just for me. Even if I read it 3 years after it was published. She wrote it for meeeee. Just kidding. But it was really good. REALLY. GOOD. [[Read the full review here]]

Buy this thrilling book
Kristin (KC)
*About 3 Stars*

I know there is no shortage of five star ratings for this book, but I think I completely missed the bus on this one...

I feel terrible saying this, but to be completely honest, I'm not quite sure what I read. Sure, the writing was decent and the book started off extremely promising, to the point where I couldn't put it down--but then there was just an avalanche of craziness, crumbling down and smashing into me. It was overwhelming and confusing, and I honestly couldn't keep up. It
Jul 13, 2011 Arlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Arlene by: Street Corner Booker Tour - ARC Crystal
Michelle Hodkin, author of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is nothing short of an evil genius! She managed to keep me in a state of absolute, captivated confusion from the beginning of this story to the very last page! For the most part, I can quickly anticipate twists and turns in a book fairly quickly, or at least well before the conclusion is about to reveal itself. However, with The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer I had no clue what Hodkin’s intentions were or when she was going to throw the next curve. ...more
Aria Stuck in Wonderland
My name is not Mara Dyer, but my lawyer told me I had to choose something. a pseudonym. a nom de plume, for all of us studying SATs. I know that having a fake name is strange, but trust me - it's the most normal thing about my life right now.


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Well okay. Not that perfect. Second read showed me that, this book was not at all perfect as I thought it was, the first time I read it. But still, the 5 stars remain. Smiley

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I've read this book back in 2012 I think. I loved it th
Yasmin (Book Unicorn)
"Haunting and dreamlike, the intrigue and romance of Mara Dyer will inescapably draw you in." - Cassandra Clare

"The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer strikes a rare balance of darkly funny, deliciously creepy and genuinely thoughtful. One minute I was laughing out loud, and the next, I was so scared I wanted to turn on all the lights and hide under the covers. Michelle Hodkin’s talent and range are obvious, from her chilling descriptions to romantic scenes that almost crackled on the page. I’ve never read
Ash Reads
Dec 31, 2015 Ash Reads rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ash by: Bea Trisha
Wow this book was of epic creepiness proportions. I am still not 100% sure what to think of it.....I was intrigued from the start but I can't really say I was in love with it, or even that I liked it. This book was really strange, and creepy, and unusual....I was pretty damn hooked though.

is it possible to be intrigued and hooked, but not really love what you're reading?

I did end up liking it though, it was very mysterious, and it drove me crazy. I don't remember exactly when but somewhere in t
Mar 31, 2011 Jeffanem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anything I say is going to ruin it. This is one you HAVE to read for yourself. 5 stars isn't nearly enough!


When i started this book i was not so sure about it mostly because i didn’t felt like the sinopsis was completly interesting it didn’t catch me at all but im really glad i didn’t have high expectations about this at the beginning cause usually when that happens it turns out that the book becomes one of my favorites or something with really good rating

There’s those books you enjoy and are fun but there’s book you can’t put down, you need to know every single detail of what’s going
Final rating: 3/5 stars

So... Mara Dyer . I wanted to read these books for a very long time, but never had time for them. Now that i finally had, i don't know what to think about this book. There are many split opinions about this series, and this book in particular and i can now finally see the reason why.

“Thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real.”

In the same time i liked this book, but i found it boring for the 70% of it. Actually it was just too
Sep 30, 2015 April rated it it was amazing
All of my reviews are spoiler free (unless stated otherwise) so you can go ahead and read my review!

This story gripped me from the very first page and not just plot wise, but in every single aspect of the story. It follows a girl called Mara Dyer who is the sole survivor in the collapse of an abandoned asylum. Her best friend, her boyfriend and her boyfriends sister weren’t so lucky. This leaves Mara with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder which makes Mara have
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Michelle Hodkin is the author of the Mara Dyer Trilogy, which was a New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling series. The trilogy, which includes The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, and The Retribution of Mara Dyer, was described as “haunting and dreamlike” by Cassandra Clare and “darkly funny, deliciously creepy, and genuinely thoughtful” by Veronica Roth. ...more
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“What would you do if I kissed you right now?"
I stared at his beautiful face and his beautiful mouth and I wanted nothing more than to taste it. "I would kiss you back.”
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