Saturday, June 30, 2012

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson

This novel had me spinning, that's for sure because it is a quite bit racier than anything I have read recently but it was still miles milder than the frenzy over Fifty Shades of Gray (which I refuse to read by the way) so I am okay!  I loved it, gave it a 5/5 rating and encourage you to grab this one - it is a great summer read.

About the Book:

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.

About the Author:

New York Times Bestselling novelist Joshilyn Jackson lives in Georgia with her husband, their two children, and way too many feckless animals. She is the author of five novels: gods in Alabama, Between, Georgia, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, Backseat Saints, and A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages, won SIBA’s novel of the year, twice been a #1 Book Sense Pick, and been shortlisted for the Townsend prize. A former actor, Jackson reads the audio versions of her novels; her work in this field has been nominated for the Audie Award, was selected by AudioFile Magazine for their best of the year list, and garnered a Listen Up Award from Publisher’s Weekly.

She is hard at work on a new novel titled Someone Else's Love Story, expected in 2014.

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My Thoughts:

As I mentioned before, I loved this book - I love a good generation story where you become invested in not just one person, but in this case, all three.  I enjoy a bit of a mystery which this novel offered and I think the author did a phenomenal job setting it all up.

This novel has it all, intrigue, complex story-line, multiple storylines, and covers issues that are just plain tough.  She doesn't sugarcoat anything but presents it realistically through her characters Big, Liza and Mosey.

It is a story of a family that NOTHING ever works out for...and it is their story of trial, triumph, and lessons learned the hard way. 

I am intrigued by this author and her work, this was such a great read that I look forward to checking out her other books...and check out her website, it is hilarious and fun!


  1. I've got this one on my wanna read list for this summer. I'm glad you liked it. I totally trust your reviews. Belle

  2. Thanks Belle! I wish we were close, I would lend you my copy :) It is a great read, I thoroughly enjoyed it!

  3. I knew you'd love this book! I haven't experienced Jackson on audio yet, but she narrates all but Gods in Alabama.

    Dwayne Johnston (Seward Alaska Fishing)