Need a reason to pick up ‘Unbecoming’? Here’s 5!

Jenny Downham’s gorgeous third novel ‘Unbecoming’ is a story about love, grief and a whole lotta secrets. And in case you hadn’t noticed, we love it.


But just in case you need a reason or two to part with your hard-earned cash and grab yourself a copy (which you can do right here!), let us tell you a little about it.

The three leading ladies


Yup, you read that right, three. We have 3 stories – Katie, her mum and her grandmother – all intertwining and getting complicated. We LOVE that we get to see these 3 strong women muddling along together.



There are few things more satisfying to read about that the moment when a secret comes spilling out, and when you’ve got three leading ladies, that’s 3 glorious secrets.

So much emotion


Yeah, the writing and story is definitely emotional, but we mean us when we were reading it! We fell hard for these ladies and reading about the hurt and tragedy in their lives totally broke us. But in a good way, obvs.

Messy, complicated families


We often read about families in YA that are either picture perfect or completely messed up, but Katie’s family is messily, chaotically normal. It was so refreshing to read about things that worm their way into our daily family lives.

Jenny Downham’s writing


We just can’t, you know? The power and emotion, the subtlety and rawness, the strength and skill – the EVERYTHING. We basically read this book armed with sticky notes and an awed smile on our face. It was a pleasure.

Tell us why you love ‘Unbecoming’ at @maximumpopbooks

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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