The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Book - 2011
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Seventeen-year-old Mara cannot remember the accident that took the lives of three of her friends but, after moving from Rhode Island to Florida, finding love with Noah, and more deaths, she realizes uncovering something buried in her memory might save her family and her future.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781442421776
Branch Call Number: YA SERIES MAR V.1
Characteristics: 456 pages


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May 07, 2017

Interesting concept, but I'm pretty sure the author needs some serious help if she thinks graphically fantasizing about peoples deaths like that are normal....

Regardless, give it a shot.

Feb 25, 2017

I had a love hate relationship for this book. It is hard now for me to review this book without reviewing the entire series, but I will try to keep my comments solely based on the first book.
I loved the love story of this book, I loved the bond between the characters, but like many critics before me I also think it overshadows the main plot of not only the book but also the series. You will not find out what is actually happening until at least the middle of book two, if not the ending of book two. Be warned.
Otherwise this book is great. It is fast moving, has lots of drama, suspense, love stories, horror and some supernatural events.

Aug 10, 2016

Absolutely awesome. I can't wait to read the second book.

Nov 06, 2015

A simple beginning that builds and builds, and becomes more and more addicting. The ending is left hanging, and I can't wait for the next book in the series.

Oct 04, 2015

(Just so you know, these are my own opinions, please don't be offended by them)

What is this? It's a joke I tell you, a freaking joke. It's understandable that people love it. I mean, there's a cliché romance, weak willed heroine and "compelling" plot. When I say compelling, I mean downright terrible. The book was some paranormal novel hidden by a sappy romance. And Noah Shaw? He's British, so kudos for that, but everything about him is annoying. Ugh, and don't even get me started on Mara Dyer. Did you know that Mara means Bitter? Her name is Bitter Dyer. Bitter Die-er. *facepalm* SHe blacks out every couple chapters and completely forgets her cause when a hot boy looks at her. She's far from the strong protagonist people want. If you're considering reading this book, just don't. it;s far too long, barely grasps a plot and has the most annoying character ever. I would highly recommend another book such as Asylum by Madeleine Roux or The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. Please, don't waste your time on The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.

Aug 25, 2015

Fantastic book, I couldn't put it down. Each page just left you wanting more. Mara is hilarious at times and down right scary in others making her a compelling character to read. The things her mind goes through that we read about are insane, making you feel like your going insane with her. Each moment just kept you on your toes. Oh, and Noah Shaw? definitely swoon worthy.

Misanthropess Jun 22, 2015

I absolutely loved this book. It is definitely a page turner. There was not one boring part or chapter in this book, trust me.
One of my favorite characters is Noah. The way the author describes him is so perfect! He's definitely every girl's dream boy. I loved it because every page will have you guessing "What will happen next? - What will Mara do? - What's going on?". There is not one word that can describe my feelings for this book except for breathtaking. I wasn't even finished reading the book when I recommended it to my friend.

Mar 08, 2015

Couldn't get enough of this book! I read the entire series in two days it was so good! The plot twists just kept you guessing. You didn't really know if what she was seeing was real, or a hallucination which just made everything even more creepy. This book was great, but just wait until you read the next ones, it gets even better!

Feb 15, 2015

Mara Dyer is a pseudonym for the girl who narrates the story in Hodkin’s breakout novel and it’s a powerhouse of a story. The bright lure of Ophelia in all her mad glory can be seen in Mara; brave, beautiful and wrecked. Recovering from an accident that killed three of her friends, Mara’s family relocates to hot, humid south Florida in hopes that a change of scenery will speed her recovery. Instead, Mara is haunted and hunted by her memories – and lack thereof – of her accident. Hodkin winds Mara’s mystery with romance in the presence of potential-boyfriend Noah, whose bad-boy turned savior attitude is complicated by his own secrets. Rounding out the cast are Mara’s snarky, loyal and loving brothers and her single new friend, Jaime. Each is as believable and adds to the story (or Mara’s interpretation of it) creating a space for the plot to bloom and flourish. With a breathless pace and an unapologetic flare for storytelling, readers will race towards the finish and be just as undone as Mara is.

Jul 15, 2014

There aren't even enough gifs in the world to explain how I feel.

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Jul 07, 2014

“I was warned about you, you know."
And with that half-smile that wrecked me, Noah said, "But you're here anyway.”

Jul 07, 2014

“You're supposed to say, 'All I want is your happiness. I'll do whatever it takes, even if it means being without you.'"
"Sorry," Noah said. "I'm just not that big of a person.”

Jul 07, 2014

“Is there any point asking what you're going to make me do on Sunday?"
"Not really."
Okay. "Is there any point asking what you're going to do to me?"
He grinned wickedly. "Not really."
Fabulous. "Does it involve the use of a safe word?"
"That will depend entirely on you." Noah moved impossibly closer, just inches away. A few freckles disappeared into the scruff on his jaw. "I'll be gentle," Noah added. My breath caught in my throat as he looked at me from beneath those lashes, ruining me.
I narrowed my eyes at him. "You're evil."
In response, Noah smiled, and raised his finger to gently tap the tip of my nose. "And you're mine," he said, then walked away.”

Jul 07, 2014

“You smell good," he whispered into my neck. He was warm against me. Instinctively, I arched back into him and smiled.
"Mmm-hmm. Delicious. Like bacon.”

Jul 07, 2014

“Did I just see you litter?'
'I'm driving a hybrid. It cancels out.”

Jul 07, 2014

“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.

Jul 07, 2014

“You're distracting,' I said truthfully.
'I won't be. I promise,' Noah said. 'I'll get some crayons and draw quitely. Alone. In a corner.”

Jul 07, 2014

“You could start a fire with the heat between you two."
"You're mistaking bitter animosity for heartfelt affection.”

Jul 07, 2014

“Asscrown," I muttered under my breath as I headed to my next class. I wasn't proud of swearing at a complete stranger, no. but he started it.

Noah matched my pace. "Don't you mean 'assclown'?" He looked amused.

"No," I said, louder this time. "I mean asscrown. The crown on top of the asshat that covers the asshole of the assclown. The very zenith in the hierarchy of asses," I said, as though I was reading from a dictionary of modern profanity.

"I guess you nailed me then.”

Jul 07, 2014

“Wait," I said as Noah slipped a book from a shelf and headed toward the door. "Where are you going?"
"To read?"
But I don't want you to.
"But I need to go home," I said, my eyes meeting his. "My parents are going to kill me."
"Taken care of. You're at Sophie's house."
I loved Sophie.
"So I'm...staying here?"
"Daniel's covering for you."
I loved Daniel.
"Where's Katie?" I asked, trying to sound casual.
"Eliza's house."
I loved Eliza.
"And your parents?" I asked.
"Some charity thing."
I loved charity.
"So why are you going to read when I'm right here?”

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Jun 25, 2014

Sexual Content: There is talk of sex, but no actual sex. Noah stops Mara from anything.

bookgeek101 Feb 08, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: When you read about her hallucinations, it can be intense.

bookgeek101 Feb 08, 2013

Violence: Violence, not intense.

bookgeek101 Feb 08, 2013

Coarse Language: Swearing throughout the book.

bookgeek101 Feb 08, 2013

Sexual Content: Talk of 'getting laid' and innuendos throughout the book.

May 24, 2012

Sexual Content: An intense scene written with amazing detail of mara and noel doing it!


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Dec 25, 2012

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Oct 14, 2011

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Jul 07, 2014

When sixteen-year-old Mara Dyer wakes up in the hospital, she is horrified to learn that she is the only survivor of a terrible accident. To make matters worse, she can't remember a single thing about the night her three closest friends died. Desperate to escape the unrelenting guilt and the feeling that there is more to the accident than meets the eye, Mara convinces her parents to uproot their family and move to Florida. But Mara soon realizes that she can't run away from the misfortune that continues to haunt her. The last thing she needs now is to fall in love. Or is it?

Jun 03, 2014

This is all about Mara Dyer and the mysteries surrounding her life. It's creepy. It's dark. It's fascinating. It started when her friends die and she was the only who survived or was she? After the event that killed her friends, she started experiencing paranormal things. Her family believed she was going insane but she knew it was all real.

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