You know how sometimes, there’s something, a movie or a book, that you know is garbage, but it’s, like, perfect garbage?
That’s The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Just watching this trailer, I’m both thrilled and a little embarrassed.
I read the book earlier this week, all in one afternoon, huddled up with a cup of tea, a box of Kleenex, and the loyal beast curled up at my feet.
And it was ridiculous, sure, but it was so fun. I could tell I was being manipulated, especially with the too-perfect Noah, but I was still rooting for Noah to woo Mara, still savoring the WTF-ery of the plot, still trying to figure out what on earth was going on. As one critic writes,
Written from Mara’s perspective, “The Unbecoming” deftly melds alternate realities. Hodkin’s transitions from the mundane to hallucinated horror are unexpected, seamless and creepy, packing the same sort of cinematic punch as scenes from “The Blair Witch Project.” Readers never know when Mara might walk into the school bathroom and find one of her dead friends staring back at her in the mirror or hear a dead friend call her name in a crowded hall.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, Michelle Hodkin (10/11)