Monday, February 13, 2012

Where's My Bookmark: A Teen Reading Week

So I found myself in something of a slump after one of my recent reads. Not a true slump where books get abandoned into the DNF pile, but an agonizing-over-what-to-read-next slump.

I picked an easy read to bust me out and then, to avoid any further fall out, asked one of the JJs for her opinion. And so, I'm going to read teen stuff all this week. Some of them are books I borrowed from said sister (Unbecoming of Mara Dyer), others are books I bought with the intention of reading and passing on to them (A Million Suns), and others are review titles that I've been dying to get to (Fever) and we'll see how many I can bust out in 7 days.

I started yesterday with Michelle Hodkin's The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, a book I think everyone but me has read by now :)

It's a super quick read (made it to the halfway mark with just a half day's reading time) and I still have no idea what's really going on! Not that it's a bad thing. That's kind of the point. You don't know what's going on.

The book begins with a little note from Mara explaining that "Mara Dyer" is not her real name and that she's responsible for murders. What, what what!?

The next page has Mara waking up in a hospital: three of her friends have died in a collapsed building and Mara has no memory of what's happened. Her family picks up and moves to Miami hoping that a change in scenery will help with some of Mara's PTSD symptoms -- nightmares, hallucinations, etc. But the hallucinations haven't gone away.

All of the reviews I've read about this book have kept things pretty much under wraps. Everyone loves it and no one's telling what the secret is, so I'm not going to be the first. My sister adored it (and bought it after I told her to, thank you very much). I fully expect to finish this evening and join the Mara Dyer fan ranks myself.

Up next, Lauren DeStefano's Fever.


Lori said...

I love Mara so much! It's one of the most compelling books I've read in a long time. I'm happy you are enjoying it.

Becky LeJeune said...

Lori, I can't believe I waited so long to get to it. Lunch can't come quick enough today!

Natalie said...

Don't worry, you're not the last person to read Mara! That title belongs to me...lol! I've heard so many great things about it though, and I have a copy on my shelf, so I can't wait to read it!