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.
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"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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Great story. Well written. Really well read. I ended up listening nonstop from beginning to end. That happens only with the greats. This would be an excellent travel listen
The story is wonderful and the writing is beautiful. The author is also a very good reader, changing her voice slightly for the different perspectives. This is a great book about strong women. This is my first Jackson book and I have already put her others on the wish list! I like a good story, but I also need good writing and interesting language and this has it all!
Reading the story overview,I was worried that it would a bit cringeworthy with the whole teenage drama, family tragedy but it was a well written and engaging story which was read to perfection by the author. I really enjoyed listening to the the story unfold and the authors accent added beautifully to the listening experience.
Normaly when I see an audio book narrated by the author I view it with trepidation. Sometimes they are good, but most times not so much. However, this author brings her characters to life with her narration. Wish she would narrate books witten by other authors. This was a very good story also.
Joshilyn Jackson writes Southern women’s fiction and she does it well. Her books are funny and full of brassy women but have a core of heartache and pain at their centers. This book is no exception. A Grown Up Kind of Pretty focuses on the Slocumb women (Jenny, Liza and Mosey)—all of whom have a secret or two. When a small grave is dug up in the backyard, it sets off a chain of events that leads to a new kind of understanding between them—while also putting their future at risk. If you’re already a Joshilyn Jackson fan, this continues her winning streak. If you’ve not read any of her books before, this is a great place to start. It gives you a sense of Jackson’s writing style and introduces you to some of her more memorable characters. (That Liza!)
Joshilyn Jackson continues to impress me! I've listened to "The Girl Who Stopped Swmming" "Gods in Alabama" and "Between, Georgia" and while those were all fantastic, "A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty" is my favorite.
Jackson, who has the rare ability to narrarate as well as she writes, crafts a tale of three women (grandmother, daughter, granddaughter) and an unearthed (literally) secret that changes their lives. It's part chick-lit, part mystery, part southern gothic, part contemporary fiction.
Great story, well developed characters, wonderfully written, pretty prose, fantastic narration -- what more could you ask for??
WW2 and Holocaust junkie - as well as a big fan of the plain old good story. I love discovering new great books.
It had twists and turns in it that I never saw coming
Cant say - might be spoiler.
It just sucked me in. I couldnt function because all I wanted to do was listen and find out what happens.
This one is worth it. Download and enjoy.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Heart wrenching story of three generations of southern women, a tiny grave in the back yard, characters flawed and painfully real. I wanted to listen nonstop. Made me want to cry, cheer, and root for them all.
Not concentrating at the start of the book caused me to miss the chapter headings and the fact that i was listening to the three generations one after the other..............once I started to concentrate I was completely engrossed as the story unfurled. Joshilyn Jackson knows how to spin a good yarn and while I preferred Catherine Taber as a narrator( Gods in Alabama) I was engrossed in the story right until the end.
You don't need to be a Southerner to enjoy this book, this tale resonates with so many cultures and so many generations. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves a good story with a few twists and engrossing characters.................
This is a good story. The female characters are flawed but likable and have a realistic slant on life. You feel like you could have known these characters and find yourself routing for them to have their happy ending. The author chooses to narrate her own work, which is a mistake, as she does not have the voice for it.
"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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