Reading Song of the Day: “Coming Undone” by Korn
So, it took me a long time (what with NaNo, revising, and the day job), but I finally, FINALLY got to finish The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by the lovely Michelle Hodkin–the twelfth book in our 2011 Debut Author Challenge. And let me tell you, it was worth the wait. First, here is what Goodreads has to say:
Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
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.
Ooh, intense. Want to read what I have to say? Well, it’s time to give you:
The Top Four Things You Need to Know About Mara Dyer
1. It doesn’t fit into just one genre. I didn’t really know what to expect when I first opened Mara Dyer. As you can tell from the Goodreads summary, the plot has been rather vague. And that cover? Beautiful, haunting–but I still had NO IDEA what it meant. One of the reasons why I thought Mara Dyer was so great is because she crossed boundaries. The love story was so raw and emotional that at times I was feeling like it was a romance. But then there were all of these shocking moments that made me jump–which had to make it a horror, right? But wait, there’s more–Mara also has to unravel a mystery, and the way the pieces all weave together make you think you might be reading a thriller. Again, I don’t know what category I’d place this novel. I just wish there was one for: PURE AWESOME.
2. Noah is, um, DROOL-WORTHY. Remember that romance I mentioned earlier? Well, this guy brings the heat. I know, I know–some of us may be a little tired of the whole “bad boy” image. But Noah is more than just the forbidden love interest. He’s dark and carefree and caring and sneaky and…just. JUST! As you can tell, he left me a bit tongue-tied.
3. The teens sound like teens. I tell you, Michelle Hodkin has a knack for witty dialogue. Not only did the rapport between Mara and her brothers feel natural, but the exchanges between Mara and Noah were just oozing with chemistry. Their lines meld with each other so well, and was so quickly paced, that I felt like I was reading something by Aaron Sorkin at times (just watch The Social Network then you’ll get what I’m talking about).
4. Umm, cliffhanger much? I’m usually not a fan of these, but the way this story ends…well, I don’t want to reveal anything, but I’ll definitely be purchasing the next volume the day it comes out.
Have I psyched you enough for this novel? If not, then check out these comparisons.
If You Like…
Books: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane, Uninvited by Justine Musk…then you’ll like Mara Dyer
Movies: Heathers, Memento, High Tension…then you’ll like Mara Dyer
Have you all read Mara Dyer yet? What did you think? What other “trippy” YA novels would you recommend?
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