The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

“Thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real.” 

Mara Dyer wakes up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. She doesn’t remember anything about the strange accident that killed three of her friends, but left her unharmed. When she starts seeing faces of those dead friends in the mirrors, she starts to realize that the truth of what happened that day might be even more terrifying that what she expected.

I can’t find any other word to describe that writing style other than… quick. This book isn’t fast-paced, but because the writing is so brisk, it didn’t bother me in the slightest.

I actually enjoyed Mara’s character. She’s your typical sarcastic and snarky YA heroine, but she’s so charismatic and I real that I immediately started to like her. As opposed to every other girl who ever appeared in this book. Mara catched the eye of the most handsome boy in school. And I guess that made her the public enemy? Every single girl hates Mara, just because some guy likes her. And I mean EVERY. SINGLE. GIRL. The amount of girl hate and slut shaming in this book is actually disgusting.

This novel is one big american rom-com cliché. The quiet and shy new girl in school gets a hot boyfriend, so the blonde cheerleader and her gay best friend (whose nickname is The Mean Queen btw.) are mean to her. Fascinating.

And of course! Our love interest. Noah Shaw. And I will admit it. There is a part of me, a part of me that grew up with a gigantic Damon Salvatore poster on my wall, that liked him. But this guy is a walking and breathing RED FLAG. Yes, he has all of the things that are supposed to make him appealing – he’s very good-looking, but he doesn’t care about his appearance, he’s rich, has a sexy accent, is intelligent and likes dogs. And he is an absolute douchebag! The running joke in this book is that Noah is known for chasing a girl, having sex with her and forgetting about her as soon as he pulls up his pants (at one point these girls are called “used condoms”). Why the rumour about the girl who tried to COMMIT SUICIDE after Noah was done with her was never addressed? That made me sick.

I think Noah was created to be one of those bad-boy book boyfriends we all know and love. But it was a failed experiment. It takes much more than a pretty face and a tragic backstory to become Will Herondale.

I found the plot to be really interesting. It often left me feeling confused, but I enjoyed that. I just wish we got a few more answers at the end.

My favourite part was definitely not knowing if I could really trust Mara. On one hand this is a paranormal book. But on the other… she seems a little unstable.

The plot is great, but it’s just a background to the romance. Which is a shame, because the romance is terrible.

Honestly, if the author had focused more on the actual story, rather than on the relationship between Mara and Noah, that could be a great book. Sadly, it just feels like a women-hating manifesto, with few paranormal incidents strewn in-between.


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    1. He has a lot of qualities of a great love interest. But he is very… problematic. I think we don’t look so closely at things like that when we are younger. I am sure I would have fell in love with Noah 4-5 years ago. Now I just expect more.


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