The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

11408650Rating: 2 stars

Series: Mara Dyer #1

Mara woke up in the hospital with no memory of what caused her to be there. She quickly discovered her friends had died horrible deaths, but she lived and was relatively unharmed. No one knew why. I thought it would be interesting for her to figure out what happened. Half of the time this part of the plot was completely forgotten about. Instead the focus was pointless, teenage drama.

Mara’s family moved away so it would be easier for her to cope in a place where no one knew what happened to her. Mara went to a new school. A lot of page time was spent on her interactions with the other students. I must be getting too old for high school drama because it was really boring. The hottest guy in school was interested in Mara upon first sight. The other girls at the school hated her because he liked her. The one guy who was really different became her best friend. It was just the same old crap that’s in tons of other YA novels. I hate it when students have more authority than the teachers in novels. Half of the time the kids did what they wanted and the teachers just accepted it.

It went from having some very minor paranormal aspects to being a full blown paranormal novel. Not sure why but I just couldn’t get into the paranormal part of it. I would have preferred it if the story had been a straight up mystery rather than having powers dictate certain things that happened. I didn’t hate this although I won’t read the other two books in the trilogy. It was a good idea that was executed poorly.


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