Bought from B&N
Published September 27, 2011
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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.
I'm very conflicted on weather or not I like Mara, the main character. She was a tad crazy, but admirably protective and super witty, but sometimes I didn't agree with her decisions, especially at the end of the book. I sympathized with her when she was being harassed by a girl at school and I liked how she handled herself in those tense situations. Sometimes I wanted to shake her and just ask why she was being so crummy to her caring mother. I get she was super over protective, but I mean your entire family moved to a different state just so you could get a new start, give them a break. But at the same time (here comes the contradicting parts) Mara was going through a heck of a lot with having just come out of a coma and completely forgetting what happened the night her friends died in the accident so there's that to consider too.
A part that I did enjoy in a love/hate (mostly love) kind of way was how every chapter ended in a cliffhanger so I just had to keep reading, no matter what time it was. I stayed up until two in the morning until I finally got to the point where I had to stop because I literally couldn't keep my eyes open. I love that I never had a problem with not being interested in what was going to happen next, because there was always some twist hiding around the corner.
I had absolutely no idea what was going to happen next. I guess I mean that in a mostly good way, but a teeny, tiny bit bad too. Like somethings would happen and I would just be 'Oh no way! That's so awesome, I totally didn't see that coming!' while other times I would be thinking 'How the heck does that fit into the story, that came out of nowhere.' Of course, this might have just been me, if I go back and reread it I'll probably find the clues that lead to the outcome of certain events there all along.
My absolute favorite part of the book was Noah! *swoon* The first scene of the book he was in I knew I was going to love, love, love him! He's kind of got the whole 'bad boy' thing going on, but we later learn that there's so much more to him than all the rumors around school. Sure, he may be a little bit of a... hmm how to word this appropriately...err a guy who gets around a lot? Yeah, let's go with that, but as the story unfolds we get a glimpse into his life. I thought he brought out the best in Mara, and that Mara did the same for him. A lot of scenes that they were in together were super cute and were my favorite parts of the book.
I really didn't like the choices Mara made during the end, it was just very different. It was a pretty great cliffhanger so I definitely can't wait for book two! I want to know the aftermath of certain choices that were made at the end of the book and just to see what happens next in that 'holy cow!' part of the ending.
(I literally busted out laughing when I read this line...)
“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and all that jazz. Anna use to be the abstinence poster girl, but post-Shaw you could write a comic book about the many adventures of her vagina. It could wear a cape.”
And this one's super funny too...
"My God, you're like the plague."
"A masterfully crafted, powerfully understated, and epic parable of timeless moral resonance? Why, thank you. That's one of the nicest things anyone's ever said to me," he said.
"The Disease, Noah. Not the book."
"I'm ignoring that qualification."
So this could be an Inception thing, ya know the movie? The first time I saw it I just thought 'Joesph Gordon-Leavitt looked absolutely lovely.' Then I saw it again and realized there was way more to it than Leavitt's nice derriere, that the plot was totally mind blowing and the character's were completely incredible. So I'm thinking this is just another case of me needing to try this again and pay more attention to other aspects of the book instead of studly Noah perhaps. Also now that I know where the plot is going I can see if there are any clues hidden along the way. I recommend you pick this one up because it's just a really unique story that left me thinking about days after, heck I'm still thinking about it!