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Becoming Kate

by Dixie Owens

Rated: None

At age 29, Liz Lindsay has a full life: wife to a handsome husband, mother of a young girl and boy. But her life is cut short when she gets in her car to run an errand and is hit by a truck. Next thing Liz knows, she wakes up in the hospital, surrounded by strangers who are calling her Kate, her body all wrong. It’s much too small. Very soon she finds out that she has just been involved in the first-ever brain transplant. Her brain was donated from her body into the body of an 11-year-old girl named Kate. Panic sets in when she realizes how drastically her “life” has changed. How will she ever see her husband and children again? Even worse, she realizes that the doctors meant to erase “the donor’s” memories during the surgery, and Liz fears if she lets anyone know that she has retained her memories, the doctors will try to do surgery to fix the problem, and she will be erased entirely.

Liz spends most of Becoming Kate trying to find ways to see her husband and children, to fight against what has happened to her. But she also realizes that she must find a way to make peace with this drastic change and just … become Kate.

Becoming Kate has a fascinating premise, but the writing never quite lives up to what is essentially just a great idea. The writing often seems stilted, the characters a little wooden. Some plot points don’t really jell. I would love to see this idea in the hands of a more accomplished writer.

Rated: None. There is no bad language or offensive content.

— Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim

Cathy Carmode Lim has been reviewing books for newspapers for about 20 years, two of which she was a book page editor. She founded Rated Reads in January 2008.

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  • Becoming Kate
  • by Dixie Owens
  • Rated: None
  • Genre: Fiction
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