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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (The Mara Dyer Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Michelle Hodkin
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Book Description

Mara Dyer believes life can't 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 strangely unharmed. There is.
She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love. She's wrong.

Editorial Reviews


"Haunting and dreamlike, the intrigue and romance of Mara Dyer will inescapably draw you in." --Cassandra Clare, author of the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series

"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 anything quite like it."--Veronica Roth, New York Times bestselling author of Divergent

"A clever, captivating thriller, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is perfect for those (like me) who like their heroes dark, their heroines dangerous, and their romances seriously twisted."

--Kirsten Miller, New York Times bestselling author of The Eternal Ones

"WOW. Michelle Hodkin's debut will keep you guessing until the last page--and long after."

--Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of Across the Unviverse

"As spooky and twisty as it is lyrical and beautiful, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer grabbed me and wouldn't let go. Read this one with the lights on." --Rachel Hawkins, New York Times bestselling author of Demonglass

About the Author

 Michelle Hodkin grew up in Florida, went to college in New York, and studied law in Michigan. She is the author of the Mara Dyer trilogy, including The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, and The Retribution of Mara Dyer. Visit her online at

Product Details

  • File Size: 3061 KB
  • Print Length: 465 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (September 27, 2011)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IK988I
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,362 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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87 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE This Book! Hauntingly Beautiful October 7, 2011
The synopsis for The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is enticingly vague, so I didn't really know what to expect when beginning this book, I just knew that I had to know what it was all about...flash forward to me starting the first chapter before bed telling myself Just this one chapter, then I'll go to sleep...flash forward again a few hours after this to me looking at my clock as it blinks an ungodly wee hour in the morning time telling myself Well I've gotten this far, I might as well read a little more...OMG I can't put it down now...Must. Know. Ending.

This is definitely One Of Those kind of books. The kind that grips you tight from page one and still has a hold of you long after you've read the last sentence on the last page. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is a stunning and impressive debut novel from Michelle Hodkin. I found it absolutely captivating, riveting, smart, highly original, and brilliantly written and developed. To say that this book is simply a Paranormal-Romance or a Psychological Thriller or Mystery or Contemporary Fiction, doesn't really seem to do it justice to me, simply because it's kind of all of these things. It's a word potpourri made of all things awesome, beautiful, chilling, startling, and deeply intimate.

The three main aspects of this book that stood out to me are its characters, the overall story (both the story on the surface and the one pulsing underneath it), and the romance between Mara and Noah.

The characters in this book seem perfectly developed and balanced. And by balanced I mean that they're never too much or too little; they're close enough to the realm of stereotypical to feel comfortable and familiar, but far away enough to be refreshing and hard to ignore.
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73 of 81 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Psychological Thriller with a Paranormal Twist September 28, 2011
Hmmmm. This is one of those really hard reviews to write because there is so much you can't say! Plus the plot of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is shrouded in mystery and suspense and I want to keep it that way. So here's what I will say...

What I liked: The cover is a five. Wow. Beautiful. I could frame it! The author is awesome. I met her at BEA and she responds well to her fans.

This book sucked me in because I love psychological thrillers. Mara is dealing with some heavy duty issues such as PTSD and hallucinations which I really like to see addressed so openly in YA literature. I have a love-hate relationship with both the main characters. Mara has quite the trashy mouth which for me is hard to read. I like that she tells it like she sees it, just maybe not so colorfully. Main bad boy Noah was the love 'em leave 'em type before Mara came along. Even though I seriously wonder why both of them acted the way they did at times I was still rooting for them. By far the best character of the book was Mara's brother Daniel. It is so refreshing to see a good strong sibling relationship!

What didn't I like? There were some holes in plot and at times I was scratching my head wondering what in the world was going on. Santaria? The missing shop and priest?
Where did Mara's best friend Jaime go- I mean I know he was grounded...but? Didn't enjoy the paranormal elements. Also a little too much foreshadowing for my taste.

I don't want to spoil anything for anyone. So...I predict this book will be huge. While it was captivating, I still personally have very mixed feelings about it. In short, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is steeping in eery atmospheric undertones. It's definitely one you'll read all in one sitting.

Content- heavy swearing and violence, sexual tension and violence, petting, underage smoking. Not recommended for younger teens.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin October 3, 2011
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is everything I want in a read-- it's sexy, suspenseful, heartfelt, sarcastic, intriguing and I've barely scratched the surface. The suspense surrounding what happened to Mara combined with killer dialog, endearing characters and pulse-inducing male lead makes for one hell of a read. Be prepared to be blown away because Mara Dyer packs a powerful punch.

I'd be friends with Mara in a heartbeat. Her voice flows naturally off the page and her witty little comments ("so we're going to do this the hard way, awesome") in her head and sometimes out loud kept me laughing long into the night. Though her relationship with her mother was strained, Mara had a well rounded family life. She got along with her brothers and knew her mother was trying to do what was best for her even if it was annoying. The question of her sanity was an interesting point in the novel and it was hard to tell what was real and what wasn't being in her point of view. There aren't too many unreliable narrators in YA fiction (or any novels that I can think of) and Mara was absolutely believable.

Mara isn't the only character I fell in love with. Both of her brothers are equal parts caring and rotten boy which I loved. Her older brother, Daniel, really is the type of big brother any girl would want and theirrelationship felt so realistic. Mara's friend Jamie was snort out loud funny. Everything out of his mouth made me giggle and I loved that Mara could match him word for word in the shock department.

All of these characters were wonderful but Noah, the male love interest stole the show. From his rebel without a care demeanor to his British accent, he was born to break hearts. And break hearts he did!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Beginning
Mara Dyer thinks she’s insane. Her best friend and boyfriend were killed, Mara was the only survivor and she doesn’t know how it happened. She has no memory of that night. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Reese's
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars. I Devoured this one.
I’ve been dying to read this book since I first read the synopsis. And something about the name just draws me in. The book doesn’t disappoint. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Kayjenx
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!
This book was AMAZING!

It kept me guessing, which is one of the main reasons I love it so much. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Molly
4.0 out of 5 stars This book came to me highly recommended, and I wasn't disappointed
This book came to me highly recommended, and I wasn't disappointed. It was well written, the characters were interesting. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Brittany's Book Rambles
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite books, ever!
When I started writing this I considered just leaving a review that simply read, "READ THIS BOOK! BECAUSE IT'S AMAZING! Read more
Published 27 days ago by Kat Silver
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
This was an incredible story from start to finish. The characters are full and well thought out. The plot is gripping.
Published 28 days ago by Jayme Beddingfield
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story, not sure what her ability is, ...
Interesting story, not sure what her ability is, but intriguing. I'm on to the second book. Lots of swearing, beware young adults
Published 1 month ago by Maria
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Read.
Published 1 month ago by L. Griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious read
I loved this book/series. It's different and weird like Miss Perengrines home for peculiar children is very different, where it takes fiction into a quick twist of odd/sci fi. Read more
Published 1 month ago by the_book_Queen
2.0 out of 5 stars This book feels like a YA version of Shutter Island
In "The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer", the first novel in a trilogy by Michelle Hodkin, Mara Dyer loses all her friends in a traumatic accident that she has no memory of. Read more
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More About the Author

Michelle Hodkin grew up in Florida, went to college in New York, and studied law in Michigan. When she isn't writing, she can usually be found prying strange objects from the jaws of one of her three pets. THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER is her first novel. You can visit her online at

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