The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin is a whirlwind ride of a horror novel. I read it in about three hours, but let me warn you, you might start to feel a little bit crazy yourself if you take this route.
Mara Dyer is the main character of Hodkin's novel, and the novel begins with Mara losing her best friend, her boyfriend and her boyfriend's sister in a bizarre accident where a building collapses on them. Mara is the only person to escape, and she does so relatively unscathed.
Emotionally, however, Mara's a mess. She has symptoms of PTSD--hallucinations, losing track of time, and other effects. Her family decides it might be best to move away from their home town and start over. So that's how Mara Dyer ends up at Croyden Academy in Miami, Florida.
Honestly, I have no idea what to say about this book. It was really good--as evidenced by the fact that I devoured it. But I can also see how some people might not like it. It has a very horror-movie-esque reading experience. Hodkin is great at describing the sort of scenes horror films love to include--y'know, dripping walls, seeing things that aren't there out of nowhere, the sort of jumpy scenes which I love and other people abhor. I would recommend this book to people who are also scary movie lovers who appreciate romance in the story as well.
I was so focused on trying to figure out what the heck was happening that I didn't take the time to write down any favorite quotes. Ooops.