Three women - three secrets - one heart-stopping story.Katie, seventeen, in love with someone whose identity she can't reveal.Her mother Caroline, uptight, worn out and about to find the past catching up with her.Katie's grandmother, Mary, back with the family after years of mysterious absence and 'capable of anything', despite suffering from Alzheimers.As Katie cares for an elderly woman who brings daily chaos to her life, she finds herself drawn to her. Rules get broken as allegiances shift. Is Mary contagious? Is 'badness' genetic?In confronting the past, Katie is forced to seize the present. As Mary slowly unravels and family secrets are revealed, Katie learns to live and finally dares to love.Funny, sad, honest and wise, Unbecoming is a celebration of life, and learning to honour your own stories.
I give it - 5/5
My review - This is now my favourite book of 2015.
It was such a beautifully written book.
What I liked about this book was the jump from past to present. To find out about Mary's past and all her wild adventures, it was very enjoyable.
I really loved the character of Katie. She is trying to come to terms with her sexuality and after kissing her best friend she is now she is a outcast at school. She is very shy but is trying to come out of her shell and find out who she really is. I really enjoyed reading about her as I felt sorry for her but she became such a strong character and was able to overcome the taunts at school and not hide who she really wanted to be anymore. Also her mother I felt sorry for as well. Her husband left her for a younger woman, She had to deal with her mother coming to stay with them, who she didn't class as her mother and with Mary having Alzheimers it didn't help Caroline and she usually flipped now and again.
At first I thought this book might be quite heavy to read but it is just about characters dealing with their problems like a lot of people do in real life. The book felt really real when I was reading it and I really enjoyed that about it. It is such an amazing YA book that covers quite a few topics but it was wrapped up nicely in this beautifully written book. Jenny has a great style of writing that had be gripped from the very first page and made all the characters feel real. I cannot recommend this brilliant book enough! One of the best YA books of 2015!