Monday, August 29, 2011

Up and Coming: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

This book was all over the place at BEA (see all our previous excitement about it here)! We even got handed t-shirts that said, "Who is Mara Dyer?"
When I saw the ARC of this book hanging out in the cataloging and processing section of the library, I snapped it up and did a little happy dance (now you know the kind of extremely nerdy stuff that happens behind the scenes here... I know you're surprised).

On with the book!

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Release Date: September 27

Mara Dyer wakes up in the emergency room, which is never the way you want to start a story. Things do not get better from here. She's told that her best friends were killed in the accident that nearly crushed Mara to death as well. But Mara doesn't remember any of that, she can't even remember why she and her friends were out that night.

This is not the sort of thing that you can easily get over. Mara's been trying to convince her parents and her brothers that she's okay but they're not buying it and she can't really even convince herself that it's true. Around every corner she sees the faces of her dead friends-- but it's not just memories, it feels like they're really there. So Mara convinces her parents that the thing that would help her move on would be to start new somewhere else.

Except. The move doesn't really work. It just means that she has a new group of people to deal with as well. Snobby rich kids who seem out to aggressively ignore Mara. Until she catches the eye of one very good-looking-English-Accented Noah Shaw, now her school mates notice her... but not in a good way.

What makes Mara Dyer fun is that Ms. Hodkin only gives you a taste here and there of what's really going on. There are twists and turns and lots of things you won't see coming. Also it's got a really creepy tone and flashbacks to the inside of the building where Mara had her accident will leave you with goosebumps that will last a long time. This book will keep you guessing and it's perfect for late night reading-- especially as the nights are getting longer again.

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