The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, by Michelle Hodkin


It took me over a week to read this book, which means it didn’t hold my interest well. Mara, our 17-year-old heroine, has come through a trauma and her PTSD makes her an unreliable narrator. We are supposed to be distracted from her confusion by the love interest, Noah, who is quite appealing. However, the abrupt (and fantastical) plot switches give this a magical realism vibe which causes the tone to change repeatedly throughout the book, to its detriment. I struggled with it, but may I read the second book in the trilogy to see if all the jerking around was worthwhile. For YA 17 and up due to gore.


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