Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publication: September 27th, 2011 Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing
Received: Bought at Chapters
Rating: 3 out of 5
Seventeen-year-old Mara cannot remember the accident that took the lives of three of her friends.
I had heard a lot of really good things about this book throughout the blogosphere. It was like Noah was the new kid on the block and everyone was gushing about how hot he was. I had been looking forward to reading the book but secretly dreading the whole meeting Noah thing because frankly, when it comes to me and boys, I have a tendency to get awkward.
And then I gave up, bought the book and read it in two days. It was a quick read for me, even though it sat on the shelf for two weeks before I officially began reading.
And let me tell you, MY run ins with Noah Shaw were not filled with swooning, daydreaming or hoping he’d help me stick to the mean girls. I know Mara didn’t particularly like him either at first, but even when she began to like him, I still didn’t like him. Noah looks wise, reminded me of Chad Michael Murray and his personality reminded me of Chad Michael Murray during the Tristan days when he played a character on Gilmore Girls that spent all his private school days pissing off a girl named Rory who he was sort of into in a backwards way.
Noah was basically THAT guy and for the life of me, no matter what things he did with Mara, I could not like him.
Mara I liked for the most part, other than the hallucinations and not knowing what part of her life was real and what part of it was fake. What bothered me about her was her nationality. I realize that she uses a fake name, Mara Dyer, but then she talks about her mom being east indian and her looking white, and then her brothers all have american names and seem white and her mother has an east indian name and this is where I got confused. I don’t know if Mara is part east indian, fully east indian or half or what, but I do know that the book didn’t follow east indian family traditions the way I’ve experienced them from having a few east indian friends in junior high and high school.
I honestly wonder if that part of the book was an add on to make it appeal more to publishers who were looking for characters that weren’t white.
IMHO: If an author is going to write about a character that’s Russian, they had better know the accent, the culture, the stereotypes and the attitudes. Otherwise it’s not going to make sense.
Good thing about this book is that it was a thrill ride. You’re never quite sure what’s happening or what the truth is and besides the mystery Mara has to uncover about herself and her friends, there’s also her father going through something legally that’s causing family drama.
I recommended this book to a father that was looking for mystery for their teen and I’d still recommend it for people searching for a mystery, psychological thrill ride, or mild horror story.