Synopsis: Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
Alright.... Its review time! I bought this book at the beginning of July because I had heard quite a few good things about it. The next day I had to leave town for family matters and when I returned, I couldn't bring myself to read it. Finally a couple nights ago I convinced myself to try it and I'm very happy I did. This book was funny, romantic, and very creepy. Mara Dyer, the main protagonist kind of frustrated me and at times I was a little confused but I still really enjoyed it. 4/5 stars.
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Ok, I LOVED the way this book started and I continued to love it until I reached the 60% mark. The beginning was sooooo creepy and it made me really want to learn more about Mara and her history. The fact that she survived the collapse of that building and none of her friends did was really sad to think about. I could also relate to Mara because I have gone through a situation like she did with Rachel and Claire, going from having a friend to becoming the awkward third wheel.
When Mara and her family moved to Florida and school started I just knew that there was going to be a romantic boy who want to fix her, blah blah blah. And boy.... although it was so predictable I loved Noah and Mara together! Im a totally sucker for the whole cliche romance: bad-boy goes good-boy for the new girl in town. I loved how the two of them were always bickering and Noah's humour was hilarious. I also really liked Jamie. (why am I always ready books in which the characters have the same name as me??....*shudders*) I thought he was really nice so I was really upset when Mara started ignoring him and when he got expelled, I wish we got to know more about him as a person. He was just trying to be nice and give Mara advice about Noah based on past experiences. It frustrated me because after Jamie was expelled, Mara didn't try very hard to get in touch with him and it never said anything about what happened to him. Also it never explained much about Anna and if Mara's Spanish mark ever got changed.....
I thought Mara's ability to kill people was really cool and I loved how throughout the book you never knew if what she was seeing was real or just something she was imagining. It was so creepy.
The point in the book that confused me though was when Noah showed up at her window to tell her that her brother was kidnapped. I get how it all played out in the end with Noah's abilities but in the moment is was really abrupt. It just seemed weird. Also when they find the buildings in which her brother is being held captive in, Noah asks Mara which building they should check first and she just so happens to choose the one he was in and no one saw them. It just seemed to convenient.
After that it started to get better which I was happy about, until the courthouse scene. I get why Mara would want to kill the guy who kidnapped her brother etc. but I didn't get where the mom of the victim came from and how Mara's dad was shot. Maybe I missed something? Im not sure but I was really confused. The other thing that made me really mad was when she went to the police station to turn herself in. She didn't think about what it would do to Noah and I knew right away that she was going to get placed in a crazy house. I must admit though, I was kind of surprised when she saw Jude though. I wish it would have been Rachel or Claire instead just because I hated Jude so much but it was an interesting twist to the story.
After reading the first chapter of the 2nd book I'm very excited to find out what happens. There were some flaws and scenes in which I was confused but I still really enjoyed it.
Happy reading nerds and sound off in the comments with your opinion and perspective on this book.