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A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel | [Joshilyn Jackson]

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother....
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Publisher's Summary

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother, whose maternal love braids together the strands of the women's shared past - and who will stop at nothing to defend their future.

©2011 Joshilyn Jackson (P)2011 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"A mesmerizing tale of a family coping with the revelation of a secret that will change their lives. . . Jackson's most absorbing book yet, a lush, rich read with three very different but equally compelling characters at its core." (Kristine Huntley, Booklist, Starred Review)

"A deeply felt, engaging story." (The Atlantic)

"Highly immersive... a compelling page turner." (Publishers Weekly)

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    C. H. Smith Boca Raton, FL 02-10-12
    C. H. Smith Boca Raton, FL 02-10-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Captivating!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already begun recommending this book for its engaging story, and for the beautiful narration of it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the relationships between all of the women, and was kept interested in where the story was going the whole time. I especially love Jackson's ability to put words together in just the right way, making me laugh out loud, or get choked up.


    What does Joshilyn Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Most times an author just doesn't have the whole package of being able to tell the story they've so artfully written, but this is where Joshilyn Jackson stands out! She is a fabulous narrator, and so beautifully conveyed each character's individuality in her subtle voice changes. I'm already looking for another of her books to listen to!


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    Christen United States 02-09-12
    Christen United States 02-09-12 Member Since 2015

    Hot chick

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    "Loved it"
    Would you listen to A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty again? Why?

    Great story and fun to listen to! Can't wait till her next book! Awesome!


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    Malinda Lexington Park, MD, United States 02-07-12
    Malinda Lexington Park, MD, United States 02-07-12 Member Since 2008
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    "LOVED IT!!!!"

    A joy to listen too! The story was intriguing and funny with unexpected twists and turns. I am only disappointed that it is over. I will definitely be looking at other titles from this author.

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    Angela Carlinville, IL, United States 02-07-12
    Angela Carlinville, IL, United States 02-07-12 Member Since 2010

    I LOVE to listen to audiobooks - the Audible ap is by far the best thing that's ever happend to my iPhone.

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    "Really enjoyed this!"

    I really enjoyed this book - the author reads her own work and does a darn good job! The story flows well - I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a pleasant story.

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    Diana Hobbs, New Mexico, United States 02-07-12
    Diana Hobbs, New Mexico, United States 02-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "GREAT story!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! This novel will keep your attention all the way through.
    I LOVE Jackson's voice in reading the story. There was not much variation when her voice as the characters changed. For this reason it was hard at first to follow who was who & what was what. I did have to rewind many times to get who was telling the story. After a bit this did not bother me - it was just different from any other that I had listened to. Overall an AWESOME book.


    What three words best describe Joshilyn Jackson’s performance?

    Southern, entertaining, capturing


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end - where the three generations exited the water - strength in the family!!!


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    Maria Lachine, Quebec, Canada 02-06-12
    Maria Lachine, Quebec, Canada 02-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Lovely"

    "A Grown-up Kind of Pretty" is a lovely novel. The story is well put together, the writing is great, and so is the reading.

    The characters are loveable and their quirks make them memorable. The carefully crafted plot brings it all together into a wonderful story about the ties and bonds that are created between mothers, daughters and grand-daughters.

    It isn't a revolutionary novel and it most likely won't change your life but it is most definitely worth the listen!

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    Myrtha 02-06-12
    Myrtha 02-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "a story of how love can save"

    i enjoyed the 3 characters, each in its own right. the story is very real. can happen anywhere, the circumstances that surround it too. but it is so well written you can't help but get emotionally involved.

    the reading is good. J. Jackson has sweet voice, very nice. the thing is her performance,although good, it's not quite excellent. or maybe i'm just a spoiled audible listener.....

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    Tracey Kaysville, UT, United States 02-05-12
    Tracey Kaysville, UT, United States 02-05-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous"

    Never wanted to stop listening. Great winding path of a story with satisfying depth to each character.

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    Zafire Luminos MA, United States 02-03-12
    Zafire Luminos MA, United States 02-03-12 Member Since 2014

    Licensed Massage Therapist / Aesthetician

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    "Great Read!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty the most enjoyable?

    This is my first audiobook and I am definitely hooked!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty?

    When Lisa tells Big Melissa poisoned her.


    What about Joshilyn Jackson’s performance did you like?

    She is very lively! loved her!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    At the end when the three main characters come out of the pool together...


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    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 12-08-12
    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 12-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A watered down "Ya Ya...""

    If you have ever read the "Ya Ya Sisterhood" novels, you are familiar with the crazy Southern women themes. I don't think this is as good, and it took me awhile to like the narration. That said, I (eventually) liked the story.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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