The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, by Michelle Hodkin is about Mara Dyer, who wakes up in a hospital to find out that the building she was in collapsed on her and her three best friends. She has no idea how it happened, or why she was the only one who survived. She moves from Rhode Island to Florida to escape her suffering, but it only continues.
She sees her friends everywhere she looks, and everyone around her thinks she is going crazy, but Mara isn’t so sure. When she meets Noah Shaw, the two of them begin to make connections that may have to do with both of their pasts. As she continues to uncover the mystery of what happened the night of the collapse, Mara discovers secrets about herself and her family that put pieces together that she never wanted to see.
This book is an amazing thrill to read, because as you’re reading you can’t tell what the problem is, if it’s paranormal or psychological or even scientific, and reading through Mara’s perspective gives a sense of excitement.
The characters are enticing, and the plot keeps you on the edge of your seat. Michelle Hodkin does an amazing job of downplaying the seriousness of the issues by adding humor from both Mara and Noah as they work together. The book is funny, scary, exciting and will definitely cause you to want more.
I would recommend this to ages thirteen and up, because anyone younger might not be able to handle that there is mention of ghosts, serious mental illness, and also romantic involvement. This book is great for high school teens and if you enjoy books with romance, action, chilling twists, and humor, this book is for you.