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)
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!
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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This is my first audiobook and I am definitely hooked!
When Lisa tells Big Melissa poisoned her.
She is very lively! loved her!
At the end when the three main characters come out of the pool together...
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.
I'm not sure why this story got so many high reviews.
Story was just okay, the narration was done in a thick nasal southern accent which was awful.
AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!
i think that i got a few surprises as the book went on. also i found the three main characters interesting and consistent.
when big figured out what would help liza. when i think about it it is elementary.
also the scene when mosey and patty began their friendship.
first book. it won't be my last book if others are available.
i found all of the characters made me react one way or another. they were not boring people. it was thoroughly enjoyable.
this will be read many times. i plan to bring this to my significant other's so he can read it and i will get the pleasure of hearing the book again. i read this book in 24 hours
The book was very well written. All of the requirements of a good book were all there. There was lots of humor and suspense. The book was a very fast and exciting read. The writer wrote from several perspectives.
I did not like the reading. Just because the writer can create a wonderful book it does not easily follow that she can also read it for a listening reader. The book was read in a monotone which might have been good for a scientific non fiction book but not a multi-faceted beautiful piece of fiction.
Mosey continually tests herself with a pregnancy test to assure herself that she was not pregnant.
I am writing a review of an audio book. The performance was not in any way professional. Most professional readers have several voices that they use when reading a book. This book was written from the viewpoint of three women. The writer/reader should have created three voices for the three women. There were several other characters that should have a different voice, two or three of them were men. An audio book is not the same as a book in print. Audible has several very good professional readers that have up to ten male and female voices as well as children's voices.
No! It is a wonderful story and although it has action, the real beauty of the book is the thoughts and concerns of the three main characters.
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