Waiting on Wednesday – Unbecoming by Jenny Downham

Waiting on Wednesday was originally created by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. The idea is to spotlight an upcoming release that you’re excitedly anticipating.

This week I am spotlighting:


Publication date: September 3rd 2015


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 Alzheimer’s. 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

Why I want to read it

I have to admit, I fell in love with this book as soon as I saw the cover – it’s gorgeous – but the more I learnt what it was about, the more I wanted to read it. Maybe it’s because it features 3 strong female characters, all related, which echoes one of my favourite books (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender) and because there is a lack of ‘family stories’ which I love. Or maybe it’s because I can relate to Katie on a personal level despite the fact I’ve only read the blurb. Anyway, I know I’m looking forward to it and I can’t wait until September 3rd!


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