The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer


Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Author: Michelle Hodkin

Summary: When Mara Dyer wakes up in a hospital she has no idea how she got there.  She doesn’t remember what she was doing in the building that collapsed and left her trapped until rescuers pulled her free.  And, she doesn’t remember that the three friends who accompanied her into the building weren’t so lucky.  All Mara knows is that she seems to have a very loose grasp on her sanity and that she can’t continue to live in the same town and go to the same school without her now dead best friend.

To help her deal with her post-traumatic stress disorder, Mara’s family packs up and moves to Florida where Mara and her older brother enroll at a prep school.  The only problem is Mara’s mental illness appears to be progressing to the point where she is now seeing things and people who no one else can see.  It’s definitely not the right time to get involved with the school heartbreaker, but he might be just what Mara needs in her life.  Because, he may hold the key to understanding Mara’s visions/hallucinations and the mysterious circumstances surrounding the deadly accident that brought them together.

Who will like this book?: Fans of paranormal mysteries with a healthy dose of Twilight-like romance will fly through this page-turner.  The only part you won’t like is waiting for the sequel to come out in the fall.

If you like this, try this: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, Fallen by Lauren Kate, or City of Bones by Cassandra Clare,

Recommended by: Jen, Fairfield Woods Branch Teen Librarian