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A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel | [Joshilyn Jackson]

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

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....
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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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    S. Sarabasha West Danby, NY USA 02-03-12
    S. Sarabasha West Danby, NY USA 02-03-12 Member Since 2008

    patient heart

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    "Rare and true"
    What did you love best about A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty?

    How it drew me in and kept my attention.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    When one character was speaking that was the one I favored. It kept changing as they all are compelling, flawed, beautiful in spirit and love.


    What about Joshilyn Jackson???s performance did you like?

    So rare that an author can narrate this well. Loved it.


    Any additional comments?

    Complex story line which surprised me as I thought it might be the standard 3 generation cook book variety but it was wonderful to listen to and original.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Candy Cane Hollywood CA 04-10-13
    Candy Cane Hollywood CA 04-10-13 Member Since 2008

    Is it just me?

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    "Excellent--as good as The Help"

    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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-14-12
    Ann Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful Listen!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty the most enjoyable?

    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!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanette Sydney, Australia 03-18-12
    Jeanette Sydney, Australia 03-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Beautifully read and beautifully written"
    What made the experience of listening to A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty the most enjoyable?

    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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Texas 02-01-13
    Sharon Texas 02-01-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Narration by the Author"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Sicklerville, NJ, United States 01-06-13
    Jennifer Sicklerville, NJ, United States 01-06-13

    Jenners

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    "One of the Best Author Narrators EVER!"

    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!)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Meg Parkdale, Australia 11-16-12
    Meg Parkdale, Australia 11-16-12 Member Since 2011

    Parkdale Australia

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    "ENJOYABLE LISTEN EVEN BETTER THE SECOND TIME"

    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.................

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Genia Hewitt, TX, United States 08-20-12
    Genia Hewitt, TX, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Good Story with Strong Female 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Oregon 08-07-12
    Amazon Customer Oregon 08-07-12 Member Since 2012

    ArtMaven

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    "Engrossing Read!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty the most enjoyable?

    The story was a good one.


    Did Joshilyn Jackson do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No I hate to say it but that is what I did find difficult. Usually a reader will differentiate the characters with a slight or great change of voice. Not in this case, it was difficult at times to tell the characters apart when they all sound the same.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read! Enjoyed the story immensely!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Calgary, Alberta, Canada 07-19-12
    Jennifer Calgary, Alberta, Canada 07-19-12 Member Since 2010

    It was a good day when I realized I could combine my two hobbies- reading AND knitting. Audible has seen me through many projects!

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    I bought this on a whim knowing nothing about the author or the book, just that the premise sounded interesting. About an hour in I came back and put all of Ms. Jackson's books on my wishlist- she's the kind of writer/reader who tells a great story and someone I wanted to curl up and spend my entire day with.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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