November 11, 2017

Review: The Becoming of Noah Shaw

The Becoming of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions #1)
Michelle Hodkin
384 pages
Published November 7th 2017
Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers

In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.
Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.
They’re wrong.
Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.
He shouldn’t.
And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.
They’re right. 
Oh man. It honestly pains me to be writing this review right now. Like, my heart feels as if it's being ripped into pieces. Michelle Hodkin was pretty much one of my all time favorite authors after the Mara Dyer series. Mara Dyer is my favorite trilogy ever. I love Mara and I love Noah and I felt so represented and understood when reading Mara Dyer. My own sarcasm and snark is so similar to Noah's, so when I heard he was getting his own books I was beyond excited.

And so, I dove into "The Becoming of Noah Shaw" and was surprisingly disappointed. Even though I knew I was disappointed I kept trying to convince myself I loved it. That it was so good. That it was Michelle, so how could I not love it? But, I honestly just didn't love it in the way I wanted to. Sure, it was good, sure I loved seeing my favorite characters make a return, sure I love Mara and Noah and this premise, but I felt cheated and confused and extremely lost at points.

Noah seemed to be missing his usual "spark" for me. His thoughts just didn't always flow cohesively, and the use of curse words sometimes felt awkward or misplaced. Also, in this book we are introduced to a new character, Goose. I feel like there was so much potential for Goose in terms of development and just general purpose, but he was lacking. Everything was lacking to me. The plot, the characters, the pacing. I love Hodkin for her ability to terrify, to scare, to excite, to invoke emotion, but this book did none of that for me. Half of the time I felt like I was reading smut, the other half of the time I was lost.

Blah. So yeah, I'm really sad about this one. I still plan on reading the next release's Michelle and Noah...and I have hope that she'll maybe be able to step up her game after this. I just miss my harsh, sarcastic, Noah. (Also, don't even get me started on the ending of this book. I am not okay with it. I like the creativity of it ect. ect. but other then than i am PISSED. Okay...moving on...) If you loved Mara Dyer as much as I did, and maybe remember the plot events better than I did, you may enjoy this book more than I did!! If you haven't read Mara Dyer don't even bother picking this up because you will be more lost than you could've possibly imagined.

1 comment:

  1. Sometimes books about our favorite characters can really be the most dissapointing to read as they just don't live up to our expectations. And some characters are just best seen through others eyes. :) Sorry this was such a dissapointment for you.


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