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A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Another Great one from Jackson

Jackson has done it again.

I am a long-time fan of Joshilyn Jackson, as is noted here and here. Her writing takes me away into the worlds in her book, and the characters always feel so instantly like I've known them my whole life. Would it be weird to call her books ...
Jackson has done it again.

I am a long-time fan of Joshilyn Jackson, as is noted here and here. Her writing takes me away into the worlds in her book, and the characters always feel so instantly like I've known them my whole life. Would it be weird to call her books "comfortable"? Because right from the prologue of this newest novel, I knew I was going to be stuck in my chair until the end.

Wow, was the drama in this story heavy! And powerful, like a punch to the stomach, or a terrible image you accidentally stumbled upon on the internet. I completely loved the characters. Poor Mosey and her search for who she is, her turmoil over being a teenager with a dysfunctional family. She was so realistically wise beyond her years. Big was another I enjoyed immensely, as a mother who is trying to protect her children and her heart amidst an unspeakable crime. And whoo-boy, the dialog that came out of Lawrence's mouth weakened my knees! Once the clues started falling into place, I found myself feverishly turning the pages for more. A fantastic story by a much loved author.

posted by ChelseaW on February 3, 2012

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Good plot but

First time reading this author. The plot was good but the excessive swearing did nothing to add to the story line. I Would try this author again because she did have an engaging writing style

posted by 17152493 on December 31, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Good plot but

    First time reading this author. The plot was good but the excessive swearing did nothing to add to the story line. I
    Would try this author again because she did have an engaging writing style

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2014

    How can I write my review without offending everyone who loved t

    How can I write my review without offending everyone who loved this book. "A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty" is about three main characters- Big, who's daughter is Liza and Mosey who is Liza's daughter. Every fifteen years, the three women are plagued with hardships and the book is based on one of those fifteen years. Filled with family secrets and the choices that were made, Big and Liza are trying to make right so that Mosey doesn't become the same statistic as they were - a teenage mother.

    The book is written with a chapter dedicating to each character, which I do like because you get to know the characters and what it is like living in their shoes. What I don't like is the writing style especially when I read Mosey's chapters. I get it, she is fourteen but wow - I wanted to scratch my eyes out every time she was talking/texting.

    The moral of this book is to accept your path in life - and try to do right even when you have done wrong. Life is full of choices and together this family will become stronger even when two wrongs doesn't make a right.

    In my opinion, this book was about a small town family that is trying to make a better life for each other - it just wasn't what I thought it would be and I wasn't impressed or captivated like other readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    Confusing

    I had a hard time following

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