Author: Michelle Hodkin
Details: ARC, published in hardcover, 464 pgs.
Published: September 27th, 2011 by Simon & Schuster
Reading Level: Older Young Adult
Source: Borrowed ARC
Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.It can.
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.
This is one of those books that sucks you in so thoroughly the entire time your reading that even once you've finished your mind is still focused on the book. Still soaking up all the awesomeness that is within it's pages. For it is full of awesome. So full of awesome that I am naming it my number one most favorite book of the year.
Mara is a character that I loved in every possible way. I loved her thoughts, I loved her reactions, I loved every single thing about her. I connected with her more than I probably have with any other character, ever. Mara's family, each and every one of them is important to the story and I loved that. I loved that they were there for her, they were helping her, they were the perfect family while still making mistakes at times.
I loved Noah. LOVED. He is my new favorite book boyfriend. He was also perfect in every way. From the small things he did to his big gestures, he was amazing. And the way things played out between the two of them didn't leave me angry or wanting to throw the book across the room, which is kind of rare in YA these days. Also the banter between Mara and Noah practically jumps off the page. It was so funny but totally realistic. The things they say and do are exactly what teenagers say and do.
The questions in this book definitely had my attention without making me furious at wanting, needing to know what the heck is going on! I think it was done perfectly so I'm curious for more but I'm not dying here. Well, maybe dying. Just a little. But still, it all played out perfect and I'm wonder What the Heck?! But not screaming in frustration at Michelle Hodkin.
Every single sentence in this book held my attention. The writing is phenomenal. I was just amazed at how well done it was! I mean I seriously could have read that book for another 400 pages because it was beautiful and amazing and wonderful and no mere words can describe the beauty that Michelle wrote upon those pages.
I will be very impatiently awaiting the next book but in the meantime I'll be making sure that Noah occupies my dreams...
This is really a beyond 5 star book. It's more like 10/5 stars...
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