“So everyone thinks your ‘protagonist’ is crazy,” he said, making air quotes with his fingers.
Everyone does seem to. “Pretty much.”
A smile appeared on Daniel’s lips. “But she’s an unreliable narrator who happens to be telling the truth?”
Seems that way. “Yep.”
“Okay,” he said. “So what’s really happening to you–I mean, her?”
“She doesn’t know, but she has to find out.”
Because she’s a murderer. Because she’s losing her mind. Because she’s being tormented by someone who should be dead.
Mara Dyer knows that Jude’s alive, even though everyone says he was killed by the accident that cost Mara her friend Rachel and Rachel’s friend Claire. But Mara saw him. In the flesh. At the police station. And now, because she freaked out, she’s back in the hospital, in four-point restraints. No one believes her…no one but Noah Shaw.
And it doesn’t help that now Mara’s lost the credibility she’d started to build with her family. She’s allowed outpatient treatment, but only if she pretends to the outside world that Jude truly is dead. But if he isn’t, and Mara knows what she saw, what she felt when he bumped into her, then she’s got to know: what does he want with her? Why did he let everyone think he was dead? Now even stranger things are happening; her grandmother’s doll appears in the middle of her room, she finds pictures of herself on her camera taken while she’s sleeping, and there are notes written in to her in blood on her mirror. It’s scary enough when she finds the dead cat on the porch, but Mara knows nobody will believe her, and worse, they’ll think she’s doing these things. But when a note appears in her bag, courtesy of one of the most unbalanced patients in her program, Mara knows she allow herself to be afraid. She still has Noah, though he’s been acting strange around her lately…is he finally starting to doubt her, too?
When Jude almost runs her and her father off the road, she knows she must find him, and figure out what he wants. But will it be too late? No one believes Mara…and she needs Noah more than ever.
When I arrived on the beach, Noah was flawless. Now his tie was loose, his cuffs undone, sand and sea had ruined his five-thousand-dollar suit, and his hair had been ravaged by my hands. His gray sapphire eyes were blazing and his velvet lips were swollen from mine.
This was the boy I loved. A little bit messy. A little bit ruined. A beautiful disaster.
Just like me.
Sigh. That’s the kind of man I’d like to meet.
Is it Classroom-Appropriate?
This one is a little “rougher” than the first book. As I said with the first book, there really is no academic value to reading this in the classroom, so it’s better as an outside reading book. But as Noah and Mara’s relationship heats up, it reminds me that it is more appropriate for AT LEAST Sophomores and up. So while it’s not in-class material, I don’t see a problem letting young adults read this at home to encourage reading in multiple environments.
Lexile.com says this book is close to the first, with a score of HL590L. So its complexity is approximately the same. They suggest 14-18 again (and up, obviously), but I think on this one I’ll stand firm at 15. Lots more swearing and intimacy and 14 just seems a tad too young,
I read this in, what, a day? All 527 pages. Because you want to understand what’s happening to Mara, as well as the tangibility of Jude, you just can’t put it down. I’ll have a forced break while I wait for book three to come into the library, and that might be what I need because this book is INTENSE. I give this one ★★★★★ as well, especially because it kept me riveted. I still don’t have the answer to the burning question: