Katie’s life is falling apart: her best friend thinks she’s a freak, 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 care for her. As she spends time with an elderly woman she’s never known, Katie discovers she’s not the only one hiding the truth. In fact, nothing in her family is what it seems. As she turns detective and unravels a history that spreads back fifty years, Katie realises that if she’s going to get her life back together, she’s going to have to expose everyone’s deepest secrets – including her own.
Jenny Downham’s debut novel Before I Die was published by David Fickling Books in July 2007. It won the Branford Boase prize in 2008, was shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Prize; it has also won several international awards and has sold in 35 languages. The film Now Is Good, starring Dakota Fanning and Jeremy Irvine, was released in September 2012. You Against Me was published by David Fickling Books in December 2010 and won the inaugural Waterstones Teenage Book Prize 2012. Unbecoming was published by David Fickling Books in September 2015 and was shortlisted for the YA Book Award and the People’s Book Prize.