Publication date: September 27th, 2011
Published by: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Genre: YA Paranormal
Eligible for Debut Author Challenge 2011
Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.It can.
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.
300 pages in The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer I thought that this will be one of my 2011 favourites. When I turned the last page I thought yeah, it was OK. 2 days later,when I had more time to mull it over (never good!) I came to the dreaded conclusion that it wasn't so good, after all. However, I've decided to trust my instinct and not allow the book to suffer because of my indecisiveness, hence the 3,5 starts. Leniency aside though, this book had some serious flaws.
OK let's start with the good parts. Mara Dyer (sorry for not using the whole title) was a dizzyingly fast-paced book and that's a quality I personally love in a book. Who wants to feel bored, right? Also, what helped the pace was the way the book is divided, into small but many chapters, the clever, funny and short-sentenced dialogues which I full-heartedly enjoyed, but mostly the suspense and tension of the plot. It was all so unbelievably mysterious and puzzling, I was on the verge of skimming it just to find out what happens in the end, something I NEVER normally do. So naturally when the anticipation to find out what's going on is killing you and you reach the end and you go "That's it??", that's when you realise that something went seriously wrong.