I'm a Jen Lancaster fan and I have to say, this book is most unlike her. It's a boring tale of home improvements. It's like listening to a narration of a hundred episodes off HGTV. I'm about 6 hours into it and I've found myself turning it off several times because it was just too difficult to listen to. Actually, that would be an understatement. I have turned it off because it was downright annoying. I've yet to discover the storyline or a plot. If you like to listen about home redecorating and home remodel ad nauseum, this is your book. Otherwise, save your money and your sanity and just find another book :(
I've been a fan of Joshilyn Jackson since I read Gods In Alabama so I've read or listened to all of her books. A Grown-up Kind of Pretty, as a story, is every bit as fantastic as Gods In Alabama, taking unexpected twists and turns. But when the story is read by Ms. Jackson, A Grown-up Kind of Pretty feels like more than a story. It feels like you are witnessing the events with your own eyes. Ms. Jackson has a wonderful, soothing voice and I just love her accent.
I can't wait for the next one! C'mon Joshilyn, write me another one! I'll keep listening!
I cannot say enough great things about this book. I'm now listening to it for the 2nd time and plan on reading it in print as well. You will fall in love with most of the characters and be disgusted with a few of the others. The voices of the narrators capture the character's personalities flawlessly. The author claims to have been afraid to write in the voices of black women in the 1960's and maybe she missed the mark, I don't know. I only know that I was 100% convinced and loved this book from beginning to very end.
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