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
"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)
I enjoyed the story and felt a connection with Big, but I felt the narration and the dialog for Mose spoiled it for me.
Actually I think having the author as the reader really enhanced the story. I normally don't like hearing the author read their stories...but Joshilyn really knows these characters and they come alive as she reads their stories.
As the book progressed, I found myself listening more and more often...I wanted answers to the mysteries.
I purchased this because of the great reviews and I was not disappointed. I loved the characters Big, Liza and Mosey. Such an entertaining story I hated for it to end.
The narrator helped make the story real.
Many twists and changes - you think you have it figured out but you don't
I have already begun recommending this book for its engaging story, and for the beautiful narration of it.
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.
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!
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.
I LOVE to listen to audiobooks - the Audible ap is by far the best thing that's ever happend to my iPhone.
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.
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.
Southern, entertaining, capturing
The end - where the three generations exited the water - strength in the family!!!
"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!
"A nice little book, and a good listen"
Joshilyn Jackson obviously knows her characters really well, and I think that is why she narrates the book really well, and gives each of the characters their own distinct voice. Initially I wasn't a big fan of her voice and accent, but after listening to the book for a while, she grew on me.
The book is about three generations of Slocumb women, Ginny (Big) age 45, Liza age 30, and Mosey age 15. In the beginning of the book something happens to upset their lives forever, and the book is basically about how each of the women deals with this event.
Ginny, called Big by Liza and Mosey, is the head of their little family, and I fought with her in spirit when she is struggling to keep her girls safe. Liza suffered a stroke, but she is nonetheless a character that will intrigue you. I really like the way Joshilyn Jackson has written Liza's inner world that has been so deeply affected by the stroke. Liza is a flawed character, but that is why I adore her.
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The reason I won't give this book 5 stars is because of Mosey. They way she responds to her mother and grandmother often seem unrealistic. If I found out my mother wasn't my real mother, I wouldn't suddenly stop caring about her and my grandmother. She just becomes this ungrateful brat who runs amok. I also could not understand how she could even think Big doesn't know about her real heritage, that just seemed really stupid to me. Any logical person would realise that her smart grandmother would know the truth. The character just isn't very credible. It feels like Jackson tried to create a unique teenager, but instead Mosey comes off as a stereotypical teenage girl (incl terribly annoying frequently used phrases, and text messages, which are read out). that just seemed flat to me. I found myself being incredible annoyed by her at times, but on the whole she was just interesting enough for me to keep listening.
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