The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

I’m split on this book. If I look at it as a teen romance book, I loved it. If I take it as a paranormal book, I didn’t really like it. There wasn’t much of a balance of the two throughout the book and I think that’s why it failed to live up to expectations.

When it comes to the teen romance aspect of the book, it was really sweet and intense. Mara isn’t completely insecure when it comes to herself and boys, and while Noah was too much of a perfect character (tall, British, rich, speaks several languages…you get the idea) for me to completely love, he was still nice to read. I really loved their back and forth relationship. It wasn’t the typical sappy love where everything is sweet and roses. They don’t head over heels in love, but bicker in a playful way. For some reason, I really loved reading this.

As for the paranormal aspect of the story, I felt like it was ignored for a large part of the book. Mara questions things before meeting Noah, and then she becomes boy crazy and the paranormal part of the story just drops off. It picks back up again much later in the book, but it felt slightly rushed. There are too many left unexplained or let open, and while I understand that there’s a second book that will hopefully answer these, I still wish this book had offered a bit more in the way of explanation.

I will definitely be reading The Evolution of Mara Dyer when it’s released, because I do want to know how this story ends, but I’ll probably be going into it with lower expectations. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is a confusing book with two personalities. If you’re reading for the love story, you’ll love it. If you want the paranormal, you’ll be left disappointed. I am holding out hope that Hodkin will conclude the series better than she started it.

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