6 Apr 2019

Review: Unbecoming

'' ''Ask me no questions and I'll tell you no lies.'' ''

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

From Goodreads:

Katie's life is falling apart: her mum's controlling, her dad's run off, she's in love with someone whose identity she can't reveal and now her estranged grandmother's turned up on the doorstep and Katie's expected to take care of her. Soon Katie discovers she's not the only one in her family hiding the truth. If she's going to get her life back together, she's going to have to expose everyone's deepest secrets - including her own.

Katie's lived her life just like her mum's wanted her to live. Endless practise for maths and never-ending piles of homework are her norm. It doesn't matter what Katie wants, if her mother commands something to be done, then it shall be done. But Katie's not quite sure what she really wants.
Being a confused seventeen-year-old with no previous freedom to choose her ambitions has left her without a goal of her own. Then Katie's grandmother has to be picked up from the hospital and the quiet, routine-based life is thrown into chaos.

Told in multiple points of views, the main plot follows the present where Katie battles with figuring out who she is and what does she want, and in the side trying to figure out the mystery of her grandmother's past. The subplot follows Mary in her youth, how she gave birth to Caroline, and her life after it. The subplot is a big part of the mystery that is being solved in the book. It keeps the suspension going and the reader turning the pages. 

Usually, when I really like I book, the reason behind it is a relatable cast of characters. With Unbecoming I wanted to yell at Katie for half of the book. The answers were right in front of her eyes, she just chose not to see them there!

On the one hand, this book was brilliant. The struggle of having your life turned upside down because you have to take care of your own parent wihtout wanting to. And then not getting the help from the health care system even when you desperately need it. The emotional turmoil of going through the painful events of the past is described with brutal honesty that leaves you wandering if you'd be strong enough to handle the same situation.

On the other hand, I couldn't feel a connection with the story. Althgouh the plot kept me engrossed from beginning to the end, the book didn't leave me broken or devastated or elated or nothing. It was just a 'huh, it's over. Next.' -kind of feeling. Still, definitely worth the read.

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