Mara Dyer believes life can’t 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 strangely unharmed.
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
“Thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real.”
Oh boy…this book is seven years old… I guess I’m a little behind on the times. bUT! I read it! And now I’m writing the review for it so I guess you could say that I’m winning at life. Anyway, as I was reading this book I think I could really tell that it was written seven years ago and to be quite honest it might have been a five star read if I was seven years younger and just a smol bean in middle school who was obsessed with paranormal and urban fantasy and twilight and all that jazz. Alas! I am seven years older than I was when this was published and now I’m rambling so here’s to jumping into the review.
If you’re one of the few people living under a rock like me, Mara Dyer just moved to a new town, a new high school, after a horrible tragic accident. But, as you do in books, all is not well when creepy things that just can’t be explained normally begin to happen to Mara and those she cares about, and she begins to realize that there’s something not quite right happening.
Right away, the high school setting annoyed me. I’m pretty sure all authors in the olden days seven years ago (and still in some current releases) had a delusional stereotypical view of high schools, or else they just went to a very different high school than me where half of the school is lusting after the same guy (who naturally must be the hottest guy in school and have a British accent because reasons) and he’s such a bad boy and such a player but all the girls like him anyways but there was this one mean popular girl (who is popular even though she’s mean because…reasons) who he rejected so she makes enemies of anyone else who even looks at him. I’m so tired of this stereotypical high school setting I was seriously rolling my eyes all the way through.
And then, even more annoying, everyone’s favorite… “you’re not like other girls. So like literally why even with Noah and Mara’s romance it was actually pretty annoying. Noah is really possessive all like “you’re going on a date with me tomorrow whether you want to or not” and “I’m ordering for you just trust me I know what you want” (not exact quotes but the general meaning) which was pretty common back in the day I feel like but now it’s just frustrating and annoying and I would be so done with him if he said that to me. So basically all this paranormal high school romance mysterious dude reminded me a bit of Twilight and nobody needs to be reminded of Twilight.
aNYWAYS. Moving on from the annoying teen romance aspect, the paranormal aspect of this book was great! There are such creepy things going on with Mara, and for a long part of the book I had no idea what was going on, and then at the end I started to piece it together and it was like…oh…my god. I used to LOVE paranormal books a few years ago and this book definitely reminded me of how amazing they are!!!
The book is also told in first person POV through Mara, and she’s been diagnosed with PTSD, and she’s also seeing things, but is she really seeing things? Or are creepy things happening? But then she’s taking strong pills and you wonder are those really helping her to see reality or…not? The point is, she’s a bit of an unreliable narrator because she herself doesn’t exactly know what’s going on and I love it so much because it just makes the book that much more mysterious and creepy and therefore just that much more lovable.
The ending was, for me, undeniably the high point of the book! Everything started to come together at the end and I was lowkey freaking out and not knowing what was going to happen, especially with some sort of weird twisted ironic things happening. And then the last couple of chapters the new information revealed…that may or may not be true…and if it is..asoiljfdkaoisdjfk
★★★.5 / 5