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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

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ISBN13: 9781442421769
ISBN10: 1442421762
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The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record.  The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor’s peaceful suburban community is killing girls.

For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one.  Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal when Lillian’s ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing her to investigate the mysterious string of murders?  Hannah’s just trying to understand why her friend self-destructed, and where she fits now that Lillian isn’t there to save her a place among the social elite. And she must stop thinking about Finny Boone, the big, enigmatic delinquent whose main hobbies seem to include petty larceny and surprising acts of kindness.

With the entire city in a panic, Hannah soon finds herself drawn into a world of ghost girls and horrifying secrets.  She realizes that only by confronting the Valentine Killer will she be able move on with her life—and it’s up to her to put together the pieces before he strikes again.

Paper Valentine is a hauntingly poetic tale of love and death by the New York Times bestselling author of The Replacement and The Space Between.

Review:

"When 17-year-old Mara wakes from a coma, she learns she was in an accident; her best friend, boyfriend, and his sister were all killed when an abandoned asylum collapsed on them. But Mara has no memory of why she was there. Hoping to escape her hallucinations and nightmares, she moves with her family from Rhode Island to Florida, and on the first day of school meets a handsome boy 'miling at me like he knew me.' Even as Mara's romance with Noah starts to simmer, her stress boils over, especially when her fantasies about bad people dying start coming true and she starts remembering the fateful night. There are plenty of haunting, cinematic images to capture readers' attention, but first-time author Hodkin has packed too much into this mystery, including a murder trial in the background and Noah's own secrets. Readers may enjoy drawing their own conclusions about what is real, but they will have a hard time tracking all the possibilities. And after so much windup, they will certainly feel let down by the scripted conclusion. Ages 14 — up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;It can.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;There is.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;She's wrong.

Synopsis:

Mara wakes up from a coma with no memory of the accident that caused the deaths of her best friend, boyfriend, and boyfriend’s sister. The doctors tell her parents that starting over in a new state and a new school will be good for her and that she should let the memories come back on their own. But Mara’s new start is anything but comforting when she sees the faces of her dead friends everywhere, and her world starts to fall apart. She begins to see people’s deaths just before they happen—at least that’s what she thinks she’s seeing. On top of that, the most beautiful boy ever is pursuing her, but his intentions may not be so pure….

Part thriller, part paranormal, this hotly anticipated debut novel will have readers on the edge of their seats.

About the Author

Michelle Hodkin is a first time author. She lives in South Carolina.

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alynna86, June 12, 2012 (view all comments by alynna86)
A very intriguing plot with likeable, albeit flawed, characters. I read it straight through in one sitting and glared daggers at my husband every time he dared to interrupt. Mara's discovery of how events unfold is told in such a way that the reader is continuously second-guessing (in a fun way). The author's sense of humor is fabulous and had me giggling randomly to myself all evening. The ending has me biting my nails waiting impatiently for the sequel!
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moiraethefatesbookreview, October 5, 2011 (view all comments by moiraethefatesbookreview)
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.
There is.
She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
She's wrong. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)

I was really excited to get my hands on this highly coveted YA title. I was expecting an amazing read and Hodkin didn't disappoint. I saw a lot of raves with this title and I must say most of them were spot on.

My only "issue" with this book is I felt like there was a lot of needless padding to it. Some of the scenes that I read and thought were pointless, became very important by time the book was over, so it's possible that the other scenes that still seem "pointless" will come to be important by the time book 2 is out.

I really liked the spookyness of this book and there were many surprises that I never saw coming the end was especially shocking and the way it ended kinda bugged me because now I have to wait to find out what happens to Mara and company!

What I really enjoyed was the relationship between Mara and Noah wasn't a typical YA love-at-first-sight kind, it progressed throughout the story. The dialog in the book was small, that is to say there wasn't loads, a lot of the information we got was through Mara's internal thoughts not the characters telling each other. Hodkin is a shower not a teller.

After reading this book I still have a lot of questions one of the biggest still is the promo question "Who is Mara Dyer?" after reading this book I do wonder who is she? Who is she really?

I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a YA novel that has a bit of spook, a bit of mystery and a bit of romance.

* Hardcover: 464 pages
* Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (September 27, 2011)
* ISBN-10: 1442421762
* Author: Michelle Hodkin
* Overall rating ****1/2 out of 5 stars
* Cover art: Best YA cover of 2011.
* Obtained: My personal book shelf.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781442421769
Author:
Hodkin, Michelle
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Author:
Yovanoff, Brenna
Subject:
Situations / Dating & Sex
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Dating and Sex
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
retribution; mara; dyer; death; life; murder; genetic mutation; genes; experimentation; doctor; memory; genetic memory; flashback; Noah; mystery; thriller; lethal; kill; healing; Jungian archetypes; The Wise Old Man; The Hero; The Shadow; scalpel; blood;
Subject:
retribution; mara; dyer; death; life; murder; genetic mutation; genes; experimentation; doctor; memory; genetic memory; flashback; Noah; mystery; thriller; lethal; kill; healing; Jungian archetypes; The Wise Old Man; The Hero; The Shadow; scalpel; blood;
Subject:
retribution; mara; dyer; death; life; murder; genetic mutation; genes; experimentation; doctor; memory; genetic memor
Subject:
y; flashback; Noah; mystery; thriller; lethal; kill; healing; Jungian archetypes; The Wise Old Man; The Hero; The Shadow; scalpel; blood; needles; unbecoming; evolution; psychological thriller; Jude; Claire; marashaw
Subject:
retribution; mara; dyer; death; life; murder; genetic mutation; genes; experimentation; doctor; memory; genetic memory; flashback; Noah; mystery; thriller; lethal; kill; healing; Jungian archetypes; The Wise Old Man; The Hero; The Shadow; scalpel; blood;
Subject:
retribution; mara; dyer; death; life; murder; genetic mutation; genes; experimentation; doctor; memory; genetic memory; flashback; Noah; mystery; thriller; lethal; kill; healing; Jungian archetypes; The Wise Old Man; The Hero; The Shadow; scalpel; blood;
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Mara Dyer Trilogy, The
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c jkt: spfx: 4-c over foil, soft touch
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "When 17-year-old Mara wakes from a coma, she learns she was in an accident; her best friend, boyfriend, and his sister were all killed when an abandoned asylum collapsed on them. But Mara has no memory of why she was there. Hoping to escape her hallucinations and nightmares, she moves with her family from Rhode Island to Florida, and on the first day of school meets a handsome boy 'miling at me like he knew me.' Even as Mara's romance with Noah starts to simmer, her stress boils over, especially when her fantasies about bad people dying start coming true and she starts remembering the fateful night. There are plenty of haunting, cinematic images to capture readers' attention, but first-time author Hodkin has packed too much into this mystery, including a murder trial in the background and Noah's own secrets. Readers may enjoy drawing their own conclusions about what is real, but they will have a hard time tracking all the possibilities. And after so much windup, they will certainly feel let down by the scripted conclusion. Ages 14 — up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;It can.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;There is.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;She's wrong.
"Synopsis" by , Mara wakes up from a coma with no memory of the accident that caused the deaths of her best friend, boyfriend, and boyfriend’s sister. The doctors tell her parents that starting over in a new state and a new school will be good for her and that she should let the memories come back on their own. But Mara’s new start is anything but comforting when she sees the faces of her dead friends everywhere, and her world starts to fall apart. She begins to see people’s deaths just before they happen—at least that’s what she thinks she’s seeing. On top of that, the most beautiful boy ever is pursuing her, but his intentions may not be so pure….

Part thriller, part paranormal, this hotly anticipated debut novel will have readers on the edge of their seats.

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