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)
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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.
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.
The story might become interesting, but I cannot make it past every sentence dripping in description. It is just too painful to endure.
the story itself seemed interesting
As a mother to 4 children, 2 with developmental disabilities, I was extremely disappointed in the derogatory use of the word
an author should not read their own book....this author had a simpering, whiny voice that was so annoying all throughout the book
narrator was horrible...a waste of money...do not buy this audiobook
Patti...I think the author was grasping at staws to flesh out this story
don't waste your money...It had it's moments in Part II when I thought it would redeem itself but it did not
This book could have easily been a solid 5 in both narration and story. Had a different narrator been used for both Lisa and Mosey it would have been much better. I don't think the author/narrator captured Mosey at all. There wasn't much to capture with Lisa, but it still was lacking. The story had lots of problems. It starts out with Big (main character) about to enter a custody hearing for her granddaughter armed only with her determination and a cup. The rest of the story gets to the importance of the cup. But the ending of the story doesn't mention the hearing or the cup at all. The story just stops. A second HUGE issue is with Little (Lisa). The first half of the story has Lisa as victim of a stroke and the last half of the story a victim of poisoning. Today's medical technology would not have confused the two. This problem is exacerbated by the fact the author keeps mentioning how the characters know from watching CSI how to do certain things and how to be top notch snoops. A mother so determined to figure out her daughter would not have accepted a wrong diagnosis. I also had a problem with how much brain trauma the author gave Lisa. Sometimes Lisa couldn't understand anything, the next minute she is making complicated associations. Big leaps for the listener/reader. Having said all that, I couldn't put the book down. I loved it. But it could have been a real masterpiece! Highly recommend, just don't think as hard about it as I did. :)
she was fine
Wish there was a way to know before just how much swearing is included in a book, I felt it was overdone in this one. I know they need to be true to the characters but they can also over do it.
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