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Katie only meets her Grandmother Mary for the first time when she is seventeen and by that point Mary is almost completely lost to dementia. And as her only living relatives, Katies small broken family are forced to care for her. Katie can see something in her a spark that she's missing in her own life but her mother Caroline Mary's own daughter hates her. But why? As time goes on snippets of Mary's life are revealed to Katie during her brief moments of lucidity and a long kept family secret is at last revealed. Unbecoming celebrates life in a way no other book has done before. The difficulties of dealing with dementia are expertly placed alongside teenage angst and single motherhood and though many issues are tackled this is not an issues book, it is a book to love.