Unbecoming by Jenny Downham
Genre: LGBT, YA
Rating: 5/5 stars
Synopsis: Katie is seventeen and in love with someone whose identity she’s afraid to reveal.
Caroline, Katie’s mother, is uptight, worn out, and about to find the past catching up with her.
Mary, Katie’s grandmother, suffers from Alzheimer’s and suddenly appears after years of mysterious absence.
As Katie cares for an elderly woman who brings daily chaos to her life, she finds herself drawn to the grandmother she never knew she had. 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.
Unbecoming is a vivid and exhilarating celebration of life and learning to honor your own story, infused with Jenny Downham’s signature warmth, humor, and wisdom.
The cover is simple yet it conveys the importance of the characters in the book. I am impressed with how the teal matches the color of the characters’ hair.
Unbecoming is a book that deviates from the YA genre a bit. In all YA novels, there is a young adult. In this one, there is a young adult, her mom, and her grandma. All of these characters are vital to the story’s plot.
The third person POV helps the story flow and give importance to all the characters. Think of the Harry Potter series. These books are in third person POV. While Harry is the main character, Hermione and Ron are important.
I am a fan of third person POV, especially when there are older or younger characters involved. I read YA and am not willing to read anything besides that! This book exposes me to more than just teenagers.
One benefit I got from reading about an older character is how they think. The grandma, Mary, has Alzheimer’s. Mary remembers certain things and then she doesn’t.
I was surprised about Kate’s love life. The author slipped it in. I just didn’t think about Kate’s love life was important when the plot, at hand, was about her grandma.
I definitely recommend this book. It’s a must-read for the YA genre.