Author(s): Jenny Downham
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.
Shortlisted for "The Bookseller" YA Book Prize 2016.
After Jenny stopped wanting to be a ballerina (aged around seven) she felt as if there were only two choices of career for her - an actor or a writer. In 2003 she won first prize in the London Writer's Competition and began writing her first novel. In February 2007 it was finally finished and it was swiftly snapped up and published as the internationally bestselling Before I Die.