I am on tenterhooks and it is all because of Michelle Hodkin, or more specifically her debut novel The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. After reading this, I feel like I have been put through the ringer. I literally inhaled this book over the course of two days.
The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer is impossible to set down. I think the short chapters are a huge part of this book being an enabler. I found myself saying just one more chapter, this one is really short a whole lot, until I had flipped the last page.
Mara and family move from Rhode Island to Florida after Mara’s best friend Rachel, frenemy Claire, and boyfriend Jude sneak into an insane asylum which collapses and kills them dead. Of course, Mara has selective memory about this, she has a vague impression of what happened, but not the full details which are suppressed due to PTSD. As if that doesn’t suck enough, she has to navigate the halls of a new snobby private school. However, she doesn’t go it alone and falls in love with the most unlikely character, the womanizing Noah Shaw. We begin to unravel what happened to Mara in this suspenseful tale.
Ya’ll Mara is a girl after my own heart. She’s slightly nerdy, no seriously. However, she will also sass a teacher if the teacher isn’t being fair. I loved her witty comebacks to Noah. Yet, underneath her back talking beat a vulnerable heart. I’d say she deserves some cut slack because of the hand she’s been dealt.
However, I am on the fence about love interest Noah Shaw. I can’t decide if he is smarmy or a douchy. At first he is mean to Mara and jilts her around, but it’s played off as sexy, cause he is a player and all. I’m not sure I can get down with that. I mean, being a jerk is NOT HOT AT ALL. Really, I think I’d rather date a guy who is straight forward rather than one who is into mind games. Yet, there’s something a bit irresistible about Noah, especially during the more swoonworthy scenes. Just the words ‘They slander me.’ And um melt melt melt. Seriously, Hodkin writes sexual tension so thick you can slice it.
Okay, so some alligators show up and I’m all what the what? And let me just say, shit gets real. And crazy.
And my one rant about The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is that the ending is a cliffhanger and completely unsatisfying. It irritated me that nothing was really resolved. When I finish a book, I expect some form of resolution, not sequel bait. Honestly if a few plot threads had been solved, I would have been satisfied. So, I’m going to come out and say the ending was a complete let down.
That stated, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is utterly absorbing, and I actually do recommend reading it, but with some reservations as you can see above.
Disclosure: Copy obtained at Book Blogger Convention.