The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (The Mara Dyer Trilogy #1) (Paperback)

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This is book number 1 in the The Mara Dyer Trilogy series.

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What if you saw your three friends die? What if you caused your three friends to die? These are the dilemmas stalking Mara. Is she crazy or is she evil? As you delve into this funny, creepy and beautifully written tale you are never quite sure what Mara is seeing. Mara is not even sure. It isn’t until she moves into a new town and meets the most perfect boy (aren’t they always) that Mara’s sanity gets a little help. This is book one in a three part series and so far it’s off to a great start. It does have your typical YA elements (perfect boy) but yet is not typical. The writing is really good and she also infuses the tale with a lot of reality, which I like. Overall a really good start to a series and that had me craving for more.

— Rosa, New Jersey


Mara Dyer doesn’t know if she is crazy or haunted—all she knows is that everyone around her is dying in this suspenseful and “strong, inventive tale” (Kirkus Reviews).

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.

After Mara survives the traumatizing accident at the old asylum, it makes sense that she has issues. She lost her best friend, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s sister, and as if that weren’t enough to cope with, her family moves to a new state in order to give her a fresh start. But that fresh start is quickly filled with hallucinations—or are they premonitions?—and then corpses, and the boundary between reality and nightmare is wavering. At school, there’s Noah, a devastatingly handsome charmer who seems determined to help Mara piece together what’s real, what’s imagined—and what’s very, very dangerous.

This fast-paced psychological—or is it paranormal?—thriller will leave you breathless for its sequel, The Evolution of Mara Dyer.

About the Author

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 and Noah Shaw trilogies. Visit her online at

Product Details
ISBN: 9781442421776
ISBN-10: 1442421770
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 23rd, 2012
Pages: 480
Language: English
Series: The Mara Dyer Trilogy