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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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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Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous

Never wanted to stop listening. Great winding path of a story with satisfying depth to each character.

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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

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.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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

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. <br/><br/>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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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. <br/><br/>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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Can't finish this one!

The story might become interesting, but I cannot make it past every sentence dripping in description. It is just too painful to endure.

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  • Anne
  • ELMWOOD, IL, United States
  • 03-09-12

Very disappointed

Would you ever listen to anything by Joshilyn Jackson again?

No

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joshilyn Jackson?

Kate Rudd

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

the story itself seemed interesting

Any additional comments?

As a mother to 4 children, 2 with developmental disabilities, I was extremely disappointed in the derogatory use of the word

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