- Copertina rigida: 456 pagine
- Editore: Simon & Schuster (Juv) (27 settembre 2011)
- Collana: Mara Dyer
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 1442421762
- ISBN-13: 978-1442421769
- Peso di spedizione: 431 g
- Media recensioni: 4.0 su 5 stelle Visualizza tutte le recensioni (1 recensione cliente)
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"Haunting and dreamlike, the intrigue and romance of Mara Dyer will inescapably draw you in." --Cassandra Clare, author of the New York Times bestselling Moral Instruments series
"The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer strikes a rare balance of darkly funny, deliciously creepy and genuinely thoughtful. One minute I was laughing out loud, and the next, I was so scared I wanted to turn on all the lights and hide under the covers. Michelle Hodkin’s talent and range are obvious, from her chilling descriptions to romantic scenes that almost crackled on the page. I’ve never read anything quite like it."--Veronica Roth, New York Times bestselling author of Divergent
"A clever, captivating thriller, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is perfect for those (like me) who like their heroes dark, their heroines dangerous, and their romances seriously twisted."
--Kirsten Miller, New York Times bestselling author of The Eternal Ones
"WOW. Michelle Hodkin's debut will keep you guessing until the last page--and long after."
--Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of Across the Unviverse
"As spooky and twisty as it is lyrical and beautiful, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer grabbed me and wouldn't let go. Read this one with the lights on." --Rachel Hawkins, New York Times bestselling author of Demonglass
"A strong, inventive tale."
--Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2011
Hodkin's debut is witty and thought-provoking and will have readers captivated until the very end. It takes readers through constant chaos, wonder, and bewilderment...The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer will satisfy mystery lovers, dark fantasy seekers, horror believers, and readers who have a knack for romance.
VOYA, October 2011
There are echoes of Stephen King's classic Carrie in this young-adult series kickoff...Written from Mara's perspective, The Unbecoming deftly melds alternate realities. Hodkin's transitions from the mundane to hallucinated horror are unexpected, seamless and creepy, packing the same sort of cinematic punch as scenes from The Blair Witch Project....Discerning the truth is just part of the pleasure of reading the delightfully bent reality in The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.
--Los Angeles Times
"Anyone who thinks old-fashioned romantic scenes can’t move teens today will be proven wrong here. This boy will make readers swoon. The characters are real and wonderful, and the supernatural story is riveting. Expect this book to fly off the shelves."
"Creepy, haunting, addictive and surprisingly romantic, Mara’s story is beautiful and complex...Hodkin has elevated the teenage paranormal romance into something completely her own."
"First-time author Hodkin has paired a steamy romance with a paranormal mystery that will cause teen readers whiplash as they jerk from one plot twist to another."
"It's the story of a girl trying to piece together what happened the night she, her best friend, her boyfriend and his sister spent the night in an abandoned asylum and only she survived, unscathed but traumatized…And it's the story of a girl falling in love…Be careful, 'cause you'll fall right along with her."
--MTV's Hollywood Crush
Michelle Hodkin grew up in Florida, went to college in New York, and studied law in Michigan. She is the author of the Mara Dyer trilogy, including The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, and The Retribution of Mara Dyer. Visit her online at MichelleHodkin.com.Visualizza tutta la Descrizione prodotto
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You can taste the mistery since the very first introduction "My name is not Mara Dyer". Everything starts with an ouija board and after a while all her friends die and she doesnt remember a thing.
It is remarkably written and the reader is confused as the main character: you cant even notice what is real and what is not.
Brilliant! Cant wait to read the sequel!
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Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2011
Genre: YA Paranormal
*This review can be found on my Blog, teacherofya dot Wordpress dot com*
When you do a Google search for this book, a lot of things come up. There seem to be huge fanbases of Mara Dyer. It's kind of incredible. Because after several years, people still love this series. They sport t-shirts that proclaim, "I survived the Mara Dyer trilogy." I now wonder what I got myself into.
But let's break down the book, yes? As you've seen fro the blurb, there's not much description given to tell you about the book. So that's what I'm here for.
In the beginning, we are told by "Mara" herself that the name "Mara Dyer" is a pseudonym, and she has received advice from council to use one. So right off the bat, we know we are going to have what's known as an "unreliable narrator." These narrators tell the story, but the facts and perception may not be the truth. At least I was warned.
Mara wakes up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. Her parents tell her that there was an "accident" and a building collapsed on her and her friends. No one but Mara survived. And Mara doesn't remember why she was there or what happened. All she knows is that instantly she has lost her boyfriend Jude, her best friend Rachel, and Rachel's friend Claire. Maya has blackout moments, and her mother as a psychiatrist wants to commit her. Mara convinces her mom that simply moving away will help, because everything around her is a reminder. She knows that's not the issue, though. The problem seems to be that Mara is hallucinating, seeing Rachel's face in the mirror or Jude out of the corner of her eye.
Once moved, she and brother Daniel are enrolled into Croyster Academy, a private school in Miami, Florida; this is quite the change from her hometown of Laurelton, Rhode Island. On her first day she is drawn to a handsome boy with a devil-may-care attitude, and he seems genuinely drawn to Mara. However, she develops a friendship with a fellow student, Jamie, who warns her against Noah. Apparently the British eye-candy has quite a reputation at the school for love 'em and leave 'em relationships. Strange things makes her life even more awkward and difficult: she falls face-first onto the ground and bleeds all over the class. She sees a dog tied up and malnourished, but when she berates the owner and she starts to envision his death, he ends up looking just as Mara pictures, with his head carved in. She starts to wonder as she sees things and the people from her accident: can she even trust her own eyes? Did she even berate the dog owner?
Throughout all this, Noah pursues her, and though she pushes him away, she realizes she's been sketching his face in her book over and over. So maybe she likes Noah, but she refuses to be another notch on his bedpost. But when Noah helps her out of a jam, she is stuck owing him a date, and it appears Noah might be hiding some demons of his own. As the two draw closer, Mara starts to lose her grip on reality more and more, finally ending up on medication. But Mara is starting to remember the accident, slowly and in small chunks in her dreams. How did she survive? And should she really let Noah in, knowing that there are pieces of her past that have followed Mara to Florida?*
*I'm pretty sure you're just as confused as I was....but this is all I can give without spoilers. But I can assure you, this barely scratches the surface of Mara's story. You'll have to read to find out more.*
Is it Classroom-Appropriate?
That's a tricky question. It does address the symptoms and issues of mental illness, and the struggles the family goes through when one of the members is ill (though I'm not saying that Dyer is crazy...you'll just have to see!). It has a little swearing and a hint of intimacy, but I think certain ages are already used to these occurrences in media today. I would probably be able to comfortably present it to a Sophomore or higher level class. There's little academic value in the book, though, so it would be more likely to be a book recommended for outside reading than one in the classroom. (Not that the book is bad...it's just more of an entertaining read than a scholarly one).
Lexile.com rates it as HL600L, with an age range of 14-18 (and up, of course). I'd prefer and feel more comfortable with 15, but it also depends on the maturity of the reader. 600 is higher than many YA books, but still low enough to give to reluctant readers. The HL means "High-Low," which implies that younger readers would be able to comprehend the material but it is not necessarily appropriate for them.
READ IT. SERIOUSLY. I give it ★★★★★ easily. I read way into the night. Mara reminds me of Kestrel from The Winner's Curse, though, because of her stubborn ways and belief in self-sacrifice for the "greater good." She can be frustrating, but if one cannot trust their own mind, I would probably be frustrating, too. How can you know what's true and a lie when you can't tell if what you see is real? This is where my empathy for Mara comes in, and it will for you, too.
I hope I steered you in the right direction with this book. I myself am starting book two today, The Evolution of Mara Dyer. Too much of a cliffhanger to stop now! Happy reading, my book besties!
This book was really promising, and I had the highest of expectations. Alas, they were not met.
I am actually disappointed that I didn’t love this book, but other than the creep factor, which was very well done, it was hard for me to connect with the characters and the story was a tad confusing.
This book has more of a contemporary feel with some added paranormal elements, than a paranormal thriller. It’s the story of a girl who survived an awful accident and is now trying to put her life back together. She worries about school, grades, college resumes and boys, but her life is more complicated than any normal girl because of the paranormal sightings she’s having. She can see her dead friends everywhere, and can also see a person’s death before it happens. Sounds really cool, huh?
I would love if the story would’ve simply focused on the horrible things that were happening to Mara and trying to decipher what was going on. I loved that part, and the visions and trying to remember. Very well done! But there were some crazy subplots that deviated the attention to not so important things happening. Like Noah Shaw.
The only thing I like about that boy is his amazing library. He is a presumptuous jerk who thinks he is the biggest thing ever. I couldn’t get pass the fact he was the ultimate playboy and never really offered a reasonable explanation for his behaviour, so it was hard for me to understand why Mara liked him. He was supposedly charming, but I just couldn’t trust this guy.
There is also a confusing subplot involving a kidnapper, which didn’t bother me much but was somewhat confusing. It’s supposed to be there to give us some information, but that subplot was never tied up. Maybe we get to learn a bit more about it in the next books.
I did appreciate that Mara’s family was so close and caring. They showed the true signs of a committed and supporting family. I loved that her mum was so worried (she certainly had reasons to), and that her brothers were so sympathizing with her cause.
Overall, the main plot of this story was very good, and it definitely got me engaged with the story enough that I want to keep on reading this series. But the different subplots that surround the main plot were confusing and distracting, which lessened my enjoyment of this book.
Mara wakes up in the hospital with no idea of how she got there. She learns that there was an accident in an abandoned building she had been in with her friends. Soon enough she learns she is the only one who made it out. Wanting to make things easier for Mara her parents move the family to a new town where Mara really doesn’t seem to make a glowing start with people in her new school. All except for one guy – Noah, who seems to be popular, mysterious, and good looking. Mara also wants nothing to do with him … at first. Then Mara begins to have frightening hallucinations that terrify her and even leave her with injuries she can’t explain. Of course this makes us question whether they really are hallucinations or is something else going on with Mara.
This book ends with a big cliffhanger because there is a second book in the series called The Evolution of Mara Dyer which is coming up very soon on my listening list. I need to know what happened! And while looking around I found that there is a third book in the series called The Retribution of Mara Dyer which comes out in November of this year. I can’t wait! For those who enjoy Young Adult psychological thrillers, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer may be one you’d really enjoy too and keep in mind that it’s great on audio!
Even though I had a small but manageable pile of review books that needed to be read, that wasn't how I wanted to start off my 2015 reading wise. I really wanted to start the new year off with a bang. Something to leave me thinking "wow, am I glad I picked this up instead!" I picked up my Kindle but nothing inspired me to drop everything and read. I kept looking toward the piles of recent purchases sitting on my desk just waiting for me to quit procrastinating and find homes for them on my bookshelves. On top of one of those piles was The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Everything about it just kept calling out to me, the gorgeous cover, the intriguing title and most especially that blurb that piqued my curiosity in unbelievable ways. So I knew this had to be the one. And now that I've finished it? Oh. My. Gosh. Am I freaking glad that I picked this up instead! I have the worst book hangover in the world and I have since ordered the other two books.
--"What's the last thing you remember?"
I highly enjoyed the whole mysterious side to this book. Sitting here trying to guess as to what is going on as I read. Normally my brain will come up with quite a few different theories, all of which or generally wrong, but with this book I've been completely baffled. I'm still not even sure what's happened fully or what will happen next. I feel like this was a major contributing factor to how much I loved this book. I mean if I can't even come up with a guess, even a wrong one, then I am impressed!
--"You don't know me. You only know what Daniel told you, and I don't let him see. There's something wrong with me."
The characters in this book are so complex and different. I never felt like they were the same type of character I've read time and time again. Mara was just brilliant. I wondered from one page to the next if there was something truly wrong with her or not. She's funny and sarcastic, brave in so many ways and yet in other ways just a frightened teenage girl. I am so excited for the other two books to come in the mail so that I can see what comes of her character from this point. This one ended with her in a very what in the hell kind of moment so I'm just dying over here!
--My mouth fell open. "Did I just see you litter?"
--"I'm driving a hybrid. It cancels out."
For a brief, delusional, moment I didn't think I was going to like Noah at the beginning. A reputation was implied before we really get to know him. One of him being sort of a love-em-for-one-night-and-leave-em type of guy. It didn't take long, though, for me to fall hopelessly for him. He's so freaking funny and sweet and chivalrous and just an all out good person. Plus he's got that whole British accent thing going on and I am a complete sucker for that fact right there alone. I loved how protective he became of Mara and how easily he fit into her life and melded with her family. He's quite the charmer.
--Jamie batted his eyelashes. I kind of loved him.
This book is just filled with unique and interesting characters. Mara's two brothers were both favorites and I loved the dynamic between the siblings. Daniel who's a year older than Mara is very protective and watches out for her not just in public type situations but at home with their parents as well. Loved him. But besides her family there's the first person she meets at her new school, Jamie, who is...well I don't know how to even describe him. He's just my favorite. Truly some really great character creation. If I didn't love them I hated them with a fiery passion and hoped for very bad things to happen to them!
--"I had grand plans for today. Hookers and blow aren't cheap, but I suppose animal sacrifice will have to do. Happy birthday."
What I love most about this book is it leaves you feeling so many things throughout. It's not just a dark, anxiety filled edge of your seat mystery. There's this sweet and yet passionate romance. There is so much humor that I was not expecting at all. There's also stuff to get you riled up and ticked off. You, or at lest I did, really experience the whole spectrum in the feels department. I am absolutely hooked and in love with this series so far. This first book was just a beautiful and brilliant series starter that pulled me in immediately. It kept me on the edge of my seat and the only break I took from start to finish was when my eyes were so heavy it was impossible to keep them open. Now if you'll excuse me while I go sit staring out the window like a dog waiting for his owner, I have a mailman to stalk because I'm dying to know what happens next!
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin is unsurprisingly, about Mara Dyer (allegedly not her real name), who undergoes a very traumatic experience at the beginning of the book, leading to the death of her best friend, her boyfriend, and his sister. She is the only survivor. Because of this, she picks up with her family and moves to a different location, and meets an intriguing boy at her new school, Noah Wade. Together, they attempt to uncover her dark and mysterious memories.
Sounds like a good premise, right? Hodkin does do a good job of creating a suspenseful atmosphere. Nothing makes sense to Mara, and nothing does to us either. We want to know what is going on. The book is well written, and the start definitely piqued my interest to continue reading.
Then the book just drags. We kind of suspect something else is going on with Mara, but it takes the whole book for the plot to get there and confirm our suspicions. Noah is kind of a creepy love interest-- sure, he's "hot" in the way Mara (and apparently the whole student body) thinks is hot (English, metrosexual, skinny with no muscle, but somehow can still beat up a huge jock?). But their interactions are very stereotypical: girl meets boy, boy likes girl, girl says she hates boy, boy laughs and says no way, then girl finally gives in. Not to mention, the "mean Queen Bee" of the piece is also her own chunk of stereotype with no extra dimension.
Overall, while the start was promising with a nice brooding mood to the novel, it ended up dragging and not holding my interest for the above problems.