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A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel Paperback – September 25, 2012
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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)
"Highly immersive... a compelling page turner."―PW
"A valentine to the bonds of family!"
"[There are] hundreds of moving parts in the machinery of Jackson's intricate mystery, all deliciously unraveled one tantalizing clue at a time."―Gina Webb, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"[A] warm family story that teeters between emotional highs and lows, laughter and tears. Book groups will eat this up."
"Jackson's signature style-the feisty, bighearted voice of Gods in Alabama and Backseat Saints-propels this funny, dark whodunit, where strong women who've made bad choices band together to come out on top."―Melissa Ruggieri, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A deeply felt, engaging story."
"Snappy dialogue with a Southern twang, spiritual uplift and undeniably likable characters."―Kirkus Reviews
"Three generations of Slocumbs grapple with deep-buried family secrets in this entertaining Southern whodunit."―All You Magazine
"Compelling....Jackson introduces some truly appalling villains as well as a handful of affable supporting characters... The Slocumb women are easy to root for."―Hannah Sampson, Miami Herald-Tribune
"A quirky mystery that serves up a delicious blend of likeable characters, plot twists and life as seen through the eyes of three remarkable women in a Southern family, namely Mosey, Ginny, and Liza. The dialogue is authentic and the writing insightful and unexpectedly witty."―Larry Cox, Tucson Citizen
"Gripping."―Chris Waddington, The Times Picayune
"An unforgettable story of generational dysfunction and sloppily buried secrets."―Theresa Weaver, Atlanta Magazine
"Reading A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty feels a lot like falling in love: giddy and enthralling and a little bit dangerous. It's a heart-thumping mystery, an edge-of-your-seat drama, and a fiercely sweet comedy all at once, with a fistful of crazy-brave characters who reach from up the wild pages and grip your heart. I loved this book about what it means to be a family for its big heart, its pitch-perfect dialogue and the clever plot twists I've come to expect from Jackson. Book clubs take note: Here's your next pick!"
―Sara Gruen, NYT bestselling author of Water for Elephants and Ape House
"A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty proves again that Joshilyn Jackson is one the best writers of the new generation. This spellbinding novel unfolds through the voices of three women in one family: a grandmother, a mother, a young daughter. Jackson renders each of these women with vivid tenderness, ferocity, and great humor, so that the family itself becomes the fourth vital character in the story. You will find yourself rooting for them all, to the very last page."―Mark Childress, author of Georgia Bottoms and Crazy in Alabama
"A clever, hilarious, wild adventure of a mystery that immediately pulls you in. You'll be desperate to know the story of the bones beneath the willow tree-and will love every delicious layer of Joshilyn Jackson's latest."―Jennifer McMahon, author of Don't Breathe a Word and Promise Not To Tell
"Madness! Mayhem! Laughter! Tears! Emotional rollercoasters, old lies and an unmarked grave propel the Slocumb women into action. Joshilyn Jackson's signature style explodes in A GROWN-UP KIND OF PRETTY. Buckle up and enjoy!"
―Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of Very Valentine
About the Author
More About the Author
Her short novella, MY OWN MIRACULOUS, is the prequel to her latest title, and is available as an e book and an audio download.
She lives in Decatur, Georgia with her husband and their two kids. She loves Bourbon and Hot Yoga (not together) and she has more dogs than you. Unless you have three.
She's also an award winning audiobook narrator.
GODS IN ALABAMA
THE GIRL WHO STOPPED SWIMMING,
and A GROWN UP KIND OF PRETTY
Top Customer Reviews
"A Grown-Up Kind Of Pretty" dives fearlessly into the lives and psyches of three completely different women, including one who has suffered a massive stroke. The personalities of these women, shaped through hard, grasping lives, are so real, so accessible it makes it entirely natural to love and hate just as fiercely as they do. I roared at Jackson's straightforward humour; her dialogues are quick and smart and completely perfect. I thought I was tough, going through the book and living the women's pain without shedding a tear, but she got me in the end and the tears came from much deeper than I'd ever have expected.
Mosey, however, is determined that SHE will NOT follow in those footsteps. Despite being a virgin, she has a supply of pregnancy tests that she uses "just to be sure".
When a silver box with infant bones is found on Big's property as the willow tree is being removed to put a pool in for Liza's therapy, the mystery of where the bones came from and whose bones they are pulls at Big and the reader as Mosey and her friends work to figure it out as well.
Told in the alternating POV's of all three sassy women (Liza in third person, Big and Mosey in 1st), this tale of three women from "the wrong side of the tracks" is authentic and heartwarming, full of wit as well as sadness. You will cheer them on, and, applaud Big's strength as she faces the person who could tear her Mosey away from her.
I LOVED all of them. Closing the pages on this one was difficult, as I'd instantly become immersed in their story. I cheered Liza in her small steps to recover from her stroke and laughed at the way she "played" her mom sometimes. Big has a huge heart full of love and protectiveness for her family (a lioness, that woman!). Mosey is an awesome teen, and her quirky friendships made me smile.Read more ›
In this remarkable story you will meet all three Slocumb women. Everyone calls the oldest in the family Big. Next we meet Big's daughter Liza, and finally the remarkable Mosey. Mosey is Liza's daughter, following in the bad line of Big's theory of the fifteen year doom.
They are upon the fifteen year mark and Liza has suffered a stroke. So bad off, she can't even talk, much less walk on her own. That's not where this story really starts though. It's when Big wants to cut down Liza's tree to put in a swimming pool for her therapy. Mosey begs her not to because that tree isn't just any ol' tree, it's special. Liza went to that tree for many reasons. To think, be alone, and even to put her sobriety pins on it. She was a part of that tree.
Mosey just can't get Big to change her mind. Mosey thinks the tree is better for Liza, Big thinks the pool will be. Alas, the tree comes down. And that's when everything goes downhill. As Liza comes screaming out the back door, a tiny little box is found with something inside. Something that will question just who Mosey is.
Everything has just been turned upside down. Their whole world and everything they knew.
What did Liza put in that box?
And how can Big fix it without Mosey finding out the truth?
You certainly don't want to put the book down until you are finished. It holds you and pulls you along with it.
Quite a lot of detail work was done by jackson to pull this one off so perfectly.
But none of this seems to be in the cards for her.
Mosey lives with her grandmother "Big" Virginia who feels that something bad happens every fifteen years. Why she had her own daughter, Mosey's mom, Liza, when she was 15. Liza in turn had Mosey at 15 and when Liza turned 30 she has a massive stroke, that seems to carry a lot of mystery around it.
Then as if life is not mixed up enough, while a pool is being put in for Liza's therapy a small box of infant bones is found during the dig and life takes yet another spin...
Whose bones are they and who holds the secret to that answer?
This is my third book/audio by Joshilyn Jackson. I have listened to Gods In Alabama, and Backseat Saints. All three of these audio books are narrated by the author and if you are an audio book person you are going to love her narration. If you are new to audio, these books would be wonderful starters as she is a captivating read.
A Grown Up Kind Of Pretty is a bit different from the previous two books I read. Because of Mosely's age and occasional first person narration of the book, you could almost call this a YA read. Almost. Big is also a first person narrator of the book and Liza comes in as a third person narration, mainly recalling the past and what she wishes she could change. The result of this style of writing is impressive as you are hearing from the three generations of women with only 15 years between each of them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed reading this book. The writing style was comfortable and easy to follow. I would recommend it.Published 3 days ago by Renee Hubbell
The writing is so good you forget you're reading! Couldn't put it down, love the characters .Published 3 months ago by lynne hefter
Grabbed me from the start. I enjoyed it but wanted to learn more about what happened to the antagonists in the end. I disliked them so much. I love the maternal strength of Big. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Started out slow. Got more interesting as it when along.Published 5 months ago by Kimberly A Schamer