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A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty Audiobook

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

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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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    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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    myrthasg 02-06-12
    myrthasg 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 02-05-12
    Tracey 02-05-12
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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

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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.

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    Wendy 07-20-12
    Wendy 07-20-12
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    "Language Alert"

    This book uses the F Bomb. So unnecessary! It seems like it could be a cute story but I couldn't listen to it because of the language. It makes them sound like trailer trash.

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    J. Modery New Jersey 12-23-15
    J. Modery New Jersey 12-23-15 Member Since 2012
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    "The narration made my skin crawl"

    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.

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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 03-30-13
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 03-30-13 Member Since 2012

    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!

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    "great stroy with interesting characters."
    What made the experience of listening to A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty the most enjoyable?

    i think that i got a few surprises as the book went on. also i found the three main characters interesting and consistent.


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

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Joshilyn Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    first book. it won't be my last book if others are available.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    i found all of the characters made me react one way or another. they were not boring people. it was thoroughly enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    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

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    Bill from Florida Florida 02-19-13
    Bill from Florida Florida 02-19-13 Listener Since 2004

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    "Could have been read much better"
    What did you like best about A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty? What did you like least?

    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.


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

    Mosey continually tests herself with a pregnancy test to assure herself that she was not pregnant.


    What didn’t you like about Joshilyn Jackson’s performance?

    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.


    Could you see A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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