Monday, May 16, 2016
Review: Unbecoming by Jenny Downham
Summary from Goodreads:
Three women. Three generations. Three secrets.
Katie's life is falling apart: her best friend thinks she's a freak, her mother, Caroline, controls every aspect of her life, and her estranged grandmother, Mary, appears as if out of nowhere. Mary has dementia and needs lots of care, and when Katie starts putting together Mary's life story, secrets and lies are uncovered: Mary's illegitimate baby, her zest for life and freedom and men; the way she lived her life to the full yet suffered huge sacrifices along the way. As the relationship between Mary and Caroline is explored, Katie begins to understand her own mother's behavior, and from that insight, the terrors about her sexuality, her future, and her younger brother are all put into perspective.
Funny, sad, honest, and wise, this powerful multigenerational novel from international bestseller Jenny Downham celebrates life like no book before.
I randomly decided I was in the mood for a contemporary and I made the right choice with Unbecoming, it was both heartwarming and heart breaking.
I don't give out 5 stars often but when I do it usually means that the book was amazing and touched me.
I adored the characters most of all, Mary and Katie, and after a while I warmed up to Katie's mom. The characters were so real and as the reader I was able to connect with them and it made my reading experience amazing.
The writing itself was beautiful, and it makes me want to finally check out Downham's other novels to see what I've been missing.
The flashbacks to Mary's life/the things she is remembering, were well done and I loved how it all unfolded throughout the novel and the reader gets some closure at the end with all of the three stories.
I tend to dislike slow novels, this one is slow but in a good way, it reminds you of real life and by the end you're sad that it is finished.
I recommend checking out this amazing family novel by Downham you will not regret it.
Five Stars Out of Five.