Becoming Kate

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Liz had no idea that today would be the last day of her life. It felt like any other Saturday. She wore the same jeans she wore every weekend, wore the same color lipstick, and sat in the same Honda she'd been driving for six years.

At twenty-nine, Liz Lindsay is in her prime, juggling her duties as a wife and a mother to two lively children. But when her car is struck head-on by a semi, her family has every right to believe Liz is gone forever. What they don't know is that only...

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Liz had no idea that today would be the last day of her life. It felt like any other Saturday. She wore the same jeans she wore every weekend, wore the same color lipstick, and sat in the same Honda she'd been driving for six years.

At twenty-nine, Liz Lindsay is in her prime, juggling her duties as a wife and a mother to two lively children. But when her car is struck head-on by a semi, her family has every right to believe Liz is gone forever. What they don't know is that only a few miles away, Liz has just woken up in the body of an eleven-year-old girl, Kateā€”the survivor of the world's first-ever brain transplant. Horrified by the reality of her new life, Liz struggles with the secret of her memories and her enduring love for the family she left behind.

This stunning debut novel from Dixie Wilks-Owens is filled with equal parts heartache and hope; tragedy and redemption. Guaranteed to keep you engrossed and guessing until the very last page, Becoming Kate is an enthralling exploration of identity, family, and what it really means to be alive.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599554020
  • Publisher: Bonneville Books
  • Publication date: 7/8/2010
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dixie Owens worked for 30 years with the State of California's Employment Development Department (EDD) in various marketing and job development roles. She holds an Associate of Arts from Ohlone College; Marketing Coursework at U.C. Davis; completed a certification program, "Women in Management," from the University of Southern California's Post-graduate School of Business. Wilks Owen currently resides in Grants Pass, Oregon with her husband. They are the parents of seven children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2010

    Becoming Kate is an exploration in an important area that has been little researched and rarely discussed.

    Becoming Kate is a fictional voyage in the possible usage of the mind. Exploration was started in the mid 1900s in changing the mind by physical means, called lobotamies. Other reasearch includes isolation therapies and
    genetic effects. While transplants of brain cells is in limited usage,full transplants of the brain has not been attempted because of the many social complications.
    Becoming Kate delves into some of the dramatic results of having an active brain finding itself encaosulated in a strange and different body. The idea of becoming a completely different person has both scarey and positive results.
    The outcome makes a thrilling and intense read that has left readers in a mood of extreme emotion in the final passages.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2010

    Fantastic Beach Read

    Read this while on a beach vacation. Fantastic read with great conversation starters for the whole family to discuss. Could I let go and move on? Would I want to look back at how others viewed my life? Why don't we live our lives to the fullest each day?

    The story was intriguing with characters that made you want to be involved in their lives. The characters are fully developed with full ranges of emotions. I was left wanting for more. I wanted to see the characters in the future. Did it work out? And more important are they happy?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2010

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    Wow is a mild word for this great book!

    We spend an enormous amount of time going over the things we should have done, ideas we could have considered, and allot reflection on the items we probably would do. But how much time to we stop and think about What If? What if we left one minute later, what if I could go back to my childhood, what if I were to wake up and nothing is the same. These are not what ifs for Liz Lindsay they are what is.

    Liz was a wife, mother and all around amazing person who leaves for the store and wakes up after a horrific accident to discover she has had her brain transplanted inside an 11 year-old child named Kate. The first successful brain transplant is not quite so successful because Liz remembers everything about woman she was not Kate the child she is but no one knows this but Liz. Kate has loving parents who have spent years trying to bring her back from a coma and while Liz wants Kate to remember all that comes back to Liz is her husband and children. So Liz keeps asking herself what if I had gone just one block over to the store?

    Liz works to recover from her surgery and makes friends with her physical therapist Marcy who learns all of Liz/Kate's secrets. Liz/Kate is supposed to have amnesia but that is not the case and now Liz/Kate is hatching a what if plan to get Marcy to be her eyes and ears around Liz's family to help her reconnect her past to the present. This is a bad plan but Marcy knows how she would feel if she were to be separated from her daughter and lets guilt rule and not her common sense. But the more Marcy learns the more Liz/Kate want to know and one reckless plan leads to another which may cost everyone their mental stability

    You add into this mix an overly ambitious reporter, a doctor who wants recognition as a genius in his profession and Kate's resentful brother who feels neglected along with two families learn to figure out how to live with Kate and without Liz. This is a story of what if what more importantly a story based on what happens after you decide to live based on the right now.

    This book at first glance would have the reader feel it is going to be morose but let me tell you not one moment of it is. Yes you feel sadness over Liz's loss of her family but like a phoenix rising from the ashes Liz rebuilds herself into Kate and the change is astounding when you see how she takes what she was to become was she is. The entire set of characters are so well written that for every failure, you see success and for every heartache you feel love grow. I hope Ms. Owens continues to write such wonderful books and knows because there is no way I can imagine a what if she doesn't.

    Mary Gramlich is The Reading Reviewer located at www.marygramlich.com

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2010

    Off-beat, but common gal tale changed up to the world of dreams and real second chances.

    I can hardly wait for a sequel, or first a great movie. The life paths of 2 women crossed in a never-before way. I loved it. It makes me think of what is possible in a new light. I could'put it down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2010

    Great Story!

    This is the best book I've ever read. It's a realistic possibility that what happened to Liz could happen to any one of us in this day and age. I just couldn't put "Becoming Kate" down. Every chapter left me with a desire to see what was going to happen next.

    The author really captured my emotions. I found myself crying in the sad parts and laughing out loud at the funny parts. I tell everyone about this book and I cannot wait to see what's next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2010

    Excellent read!

    This novel poses some tough questons in a simple and direct and presents a well thought out plot line to the very end. I have recommended the Becoming Kate to a number of people and they have enjoyed reading it also.
    This book is for teenage-adult. I am looking forward to the sequel which I am sure is coming.
    I would indeed recommend this book for book club discussions, and in fact have participated in one already.
    This book is a definite 4 1/2 stars. I am unable to activiate *Rating.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2010

    A thought-provoking read

    Well written, thought provoking topic. Characters are developed well and endearing to the reader. The ending leaves the reader pondering the possibilities and promoting a heated ethics debate.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2010

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    Very Intriguing!!

    For someone who doesn't do a whole lot of fast reading, it was engaging and a great read. I think I would rather come back younger though, so I could have a childhood again before having to deal with the teens again:)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2010

    Good Summer Read

    This book captures you right from the beginning and won't let you put the book down. The plot is based on an intereting and intriguing premise. I love the character development and the writer's style. A good, quick summer read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

    Highly recommend

    I really enjoyed this book, it was a page turner. I could not put the book down. The characters are so real and I could feel the emotions of everyone. I laughed and cried. I truly hope that Dixie Owens writes a sequel. Great first book and will be watching for others from this author.

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  • Posted December 18, 2010

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    A Riveting, Original Story!!!!

    Becoming Kate by Dixie Owens

    This stunning debut novel by Dixie Owens is just the perfect novel to curl up with. Liz Lindsay, a twenty-nine year old wife and mother to two young children, doesn't know that today will be her last day of life as she knows it. When Liz is hit head-on by a semi, she wakes up in the hospital in the body of eleven year old Kate, who has spent most of her life in the hospital.
    With this devastating turn of events, Liz finds she has retained all her memories of her former life and with the help of Marcy, her Physical Therapist, is able to keep abreast of the comings and goings of her family.

    Kate/Liz become embroiled in a media frenzy when Kate is allowed to go home for Thanksgiving and Christmas, having the news media camped out in her new family's yard.
    Dr. Jamison, the surgeon who performed the Brain Transplant, wants to keep Kate/Liz in the hospital as long as possible. He needs to feel in control of his special patient, who he suspects is very unique, as she is the only Brain Transplant patient of his to survive and he wants to find out why.

    Kate's new brother, fifteen year old Josh, feels left out because of all the concern for Kate, so becomes filled with resentment towards Kate. When Kate/Liz comes up with words and phrases only an adult should know, he becomes suspicious, believing Kate to be "possessed."

    When Kate/Liz asks Marcy to help her to attend her own funeral, things get out of hand, as they need to make sure Kate is not seen for a couple of hours.
    When Liz sees her family, it's all she can do not to tell them she is basically alive. She comes to realize that love is the most important thing in her life, knowing she loves her new family more than ever.
    This is such a unique story and is well-written. I would very highly recommend this debut novel.
    I received this review copy from Cedar Fort.

    Published by: Cedar Fort, Inc.
    Date Published: July 2010
    ISBN: 978-1-59955-402-0

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2010

    Highly recommended

    A riveting, original story that stays with you long after you've read the last page.

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  • Posted October 20, 2010

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    Loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Can't wait for the next one to come out....... READ THIS BOOK.......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2010

    Book subject from a dream!!!

    The story is very unusual and the characters draw you in so that it is hard to put the book down. I wanted to know what would happen next. I loved the ending. Well-written book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2010

    Good Read

    Enlightening and intriguing. Is a second chance a blessing, or a curse?....Either way, don't tell.

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