Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9781338160727 Paperback
384 Pages | 5.26" x 7.98" | Ages 14 & Up
Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545907170 Hardcover
384 Pages | 5.85" x 8.63" | Ages 14 & Up
Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545907323 Ebook
384 Pages | Ages 14 & Up
International bestseller Jenny Downham’s novel celebrates life across three generations of women!
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 behaviour, 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 multi-generational novel from international bestseller Jenny Downham celebrates life like no book before.
Raves & reviews:
Praise for Unbecoming:
“Downham keenly weaves together musings, revelations, confrontations, and poignancy. Her prose gets right down inside human fragility, tenderness, fury, gusto, and strength—leaving sweet, sharp images that are impossible to forget. Exceptional.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Praise for Before I Die:
*“ Lucid language makes a painful journey bearable, beautiful and transcendent.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“ The eloquent dying teen can seem a staple of the YA novel, but this British debut completely breaks the mold. Downham holds nothing back in her wrenching and exceptionally vibrant story.” —Publisher’s Weekly, starred review