Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 9.27.2011
Genre: Contemporary, Amnesia
Series: Yes (Mara Dyer #1)
Source: Finished copy I won
Summary (from Goodreads):
Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
I vacillated for the last month over writing this because I just did not love and adore this book the way 90% of the other bloggers did. Please don’t get me wrong—the idea was solid, the writing is stunning, and I can see why people love this book. Maybe it was because of all the hype that surrounded this book.
I felt like you couldn’t visit a blog without seeing the haunting, alluring question: Who is Mara Dyer? It was everywhere. People came home from BEA raving about this book, and I was so anxious to get my hands on it. I was elated when I won a copy because I need to know who Mara Dyer is! When I started reading it, however, I started to care less and less about who Mara Dyer is/was.
While Michelle Hodkin has a beautiful way of piecing words together, I really felt that the story just moved too slowly in several places, and then threw a ton of information at me the next. It’s never a good thing when you check the clock to see how long you’ve been reading. I love to be so in the story that my clock exists on another time plane far, far away. I never got that with this book, which was a shame because I think Hodkin is a gifted writer. The end really picked up, in my opinion, and things started to clear up as I was able to make sense of the beginning. However, by that point I was so frustrated that I wasn’t able to really enjoy it.
I honestly feel like I need to call Mara Dyer and say, “It’s not you, it’s me.” This book had all the makings of perfection, but the way they were put together just didn’t do it for me. I’m hoping this was a case of just general confusion from book #1 in a series and I’ll pick up book #2 and fall in love.