A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

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by Joshilyn Jackson
     
 

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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,

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Family Circle
"A valentine to the bonds of family!"
The Atlantic
"A deeply felt, engaging story."
All You Magazine
"Three generations of Slocumbs grapple with deep-buried family secrets in this entertaining Southern whodunit."
Gina Webb
"[There are] hundreds of moving parts in the machinery of Jackson's intricate mystery, all deliciously unraveled one tantalizing clue at a time."
Melissa Ruggieri
"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."
Kristine Huntley
Praise for A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty:

"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."

Larry Cox
"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."
Chris Waddington
"Gripping."
Theresa Weaver
"An unforgettable story of generational dysfunction and sloppily buried secrets."
Hannah Sampson
"Compelling....Jackson introduces some truly appalling villains as well as a handful of affable supporting characters... The Slocumb women are easy to root for."
Jennifer McMahon
"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."
PW
"Highly immersive... a compelling page turner."
From the Publisher
"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"

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"

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

Mark Childress
"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."
Adriana Trigiani
"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!"
Katie Lewis
"Engrossing... A mystery, comedy and drama wrapped up in one."
Sara Gruen
"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!"

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446582360
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
09/25/2012
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
405,373
Product dimensions:
5.34(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.94(d)

Meet the Author

Joshilyn Jackson, a native of the Deep South, has worked as an actor and an award-winning teacher, and is now a writer and a mother of two. She is the author of gods in Alabama; Between, Georgia; The Girl Who Stopped Swimming; and Backseat Saints. Jackson lives with her husband and children outside of Atlanta. Visit her website at www.joshilynjackson.com.

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A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 92 reviews.
ChelseaW More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lovely book filled with family, love tragedy and everything in between.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Mosey has grown up in a house with her mother and grandmother, two women that have been scandalizing their Baptist community for 46 years. She is a great student, and a good kid but her family is one kind of obsessive about keeping her that way to the point of ridiculous. Mosey has no desire to be 14 and pregnant she has bigger goals set for herself if only the self-righteous would step aside. She was born illegitimate as was her mother before her but that is where they part familiar traits. Her mother was wild until a stroke knocked the life out of half her body and now Mosey’s grandmother is determined to bring her back. Mosey’s mother “Little” continued to struggle until the day a small treasure box is pulled from the ground in their backyard. After a tree is removed and Little sees what has happened the first word she says clearly is mine. Mosey and her grandmother “Big” have no idea what is in the box or how it got there but something has brought Little back to fight another day and now everyone wants to solve the mystery of the little box with so much to tell. As the story unfolds you discover that Little may have had some secrets she played close to her heart so does Big. So much as gone on while Mosey was trying to remain the good girl that at some point as the secrets pour out she wonders why? The adventure that started with the discovery of that little box becomes an obsession of lies and deceit that no one could ever imagine. When everything falls out of that box it will not only spill truth but also shine a light from above on the lies that everyone has been telling all these many years. Joshilyn Jackson makes every reader unable to put her books down and weep when they are over the sadness of them ending unbearable. There is so much to this story that no character is considered secondary with every twist and turn integral to the plot.
Genevieve_Graham More than 1 year ago
Joshilyn has a gift for getting to the heart of it. Her characters are as real as you and I are and the situations, while entirely unlikely, are absolutely feasible and beautifully handled. This is my first Jackson read. She's terrific.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had all the pieces - drama, mystery, romance, tragedy, family relationships and it made all the characters come alive. You get to know characters pretty well. Life is never what it seems. The phrase "don't judge a book by its cover" is aptly applied to this book. Characters are so much more than they seem and so is don't believe everything you hear because that is what this book reveals...what you hear is not what actually has happend. Look forward to more of her novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This beautiful story captivated me from page 1, and I'm eager to read more from the author. I suggest you allow yourself a large chunk of time to enjoy this book because you won't want to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So true to life----how your family is not always family genetically but still family!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
interesting characters. good author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book couldn't have been anymore amazig than it already was! I was looking for a new story that woud keep me holding on and this is it! I recommend this to everyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is so good it rivals The Help and Water for Elephants. The audio is read by the author and proves she is as gifted a storyteller in-person as on paper. Highly, HIGHLY reccommend. Can't imagine anyone who wouldn't love to be transported into this world for a immensely entertaining few hours. Going back into search to see what else Ms. Jackson has written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Joshilyn Jackson's book are always intertaining and laced with humor and suspense. A great tale about complicated family relationships and social status. This book draws you in and wont let you go. Told through the eyes of 3 generations of women all with secrets to hide. Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Her characters are so easy to relate to b/c she writes in such a way that you find yourself AS the character. Its truly like your there watching your dead grandbaby being uneartherd, or trying to communicate after youve had a stroke ect. this is the kind of book that you tell yourself you will read a chapter before bed and then next thing you know it 2:00 am and you still want more!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jackson has done it again. Amazing book of family and the emotions that go along with them. Truely a gifted voice.
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book once I adjusted to the Southern accent and cranked it up to 1.25 speed. This book starts with the end and then backs up and explains itself after the first chapter. I love that. It feels like you're in the action right away. The book alternates between the viewpoints of three strong, sassy women: "Big" (Jenny, the grandmother), Liza ("Little", the mom), and Mosey (the daughter). All are 15 years apart. Big explains that every 15 years is their challenge year. And the book takes place in her 45th year, another challenge year. Several things go wrong, but the book is ultimately about family and love. When the bones of a baby are discovered in their backyard, Mosey and her friend, Roger, embark on a journey to figure out her true identity. Mosey's chapters were my favorite. Roger's enthusiasm is reminiscent of Now and Then (movie). Big is trying to keep the truth from Mosey. And Liza's chapters reveal her past in pieces. It's a compelling story that had me eager to know the truth. And the full on snark from Big and Mosey had me smiling throughout. This book was a solid read, just not one I plan to read again. http://momsradius.blogspot.com/2015/06/book-review-grown-up-kind-of-pretty.html
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first I read a book by this author. The characters Were east to like.
BeachRead245 More than 1 year ago
The review of a Grown Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson was written by Josephine Mattia for Writer’s Corner. I had the honor of meeting Joshilyn Jackson at an event at Fox Tale Bookstore. So here are my thoughts on the story. Synopsis: This story is told from three different perspectives Jenny Slocum (Big), Liza, and Mosey. Big decides that they need a pool to help Liza with her therapy after her stroke. One problem they need to remove the willow tree that means a great deal to Liza. Once the tree is removed a box is found with a body inside of an infant. Liza figures out what is going on and is heard to say “My baby.” What does she mean? How does this affect both Mosey and Big? Could Liza’s condition have been caused by something else? My Thoughts: I listened to this novel which is narrated by the author herself Joshilyn Jackson. I was reminded when googling Ms. Jackson about her past as an actress. At first when I started the novel I was not impressed with the narration. I grew to adapt to the narrator’s style. I also was not a fan of a bit of detail mentioned over the first few pages. Have you ever read a novel where the author gives a great deal of detail that grosses you out? The rest of the novel became more interesting to me where I wanted to know how the mystery would be solved. The novel became more interesting to me through the plot. The parts of the story told by Liza helped plug the holes in the mystery. I also enjoyed sharing in Big’s discovery of what Liza had been trying to tell her all along about that little baby and what happened to her. by Jencey Gortney
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unexpected twists great book!
TrueTexas More than 1 year ago
Amazing story line is all I can say. I fell in love with these wonderful women from the first chapter and stayed glued to the book for days. Reading it until my eyes blurred. What a creative story line. Wow! I love to read generation stories, but this is a whole new way of reading generations. Will be reading more of Joshilyn Jackson's books for sure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Reviews-By-Ann More than 1 year ago
I am so a Joshilyn Jackson fan for life. Another brilliant outing. She writes fifteen-year-old Mosey so perfectly, she must have total recall or a teenager in her house. I adore this character and her quirky sidekicks. But the real star is Big, Mosey's tiny, forty-five-year-old grandmother with an indomitable will, fiercely loving heart, and twelve-year-hots for the married sheriff. Even Liza, Big's daughter and Mosey's mother, turns into a spit-fire character as she recovers her lost self from a stroke.
quaintinns More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by Joshilyn Jackson and purchased the audio version. The narrator was also the author, which is a plus, cine they put passion into their reading. There was much going on in this book and the author does not miss a beat. A Grown up Kind of Pretty, set deep in the south in Mississippi with three generations of women: Jenny (Big) age 45, Jenny’s daughter (Lisa) age 30, and her daughter (Mosey) Age 15. There is much drama and mystery regarding a small grave in their back yard with bones from a baby. These three women have experienced many hardships yet are bound together by family. Mosey is sassy and spirited and is determined to get to the bottom of the small grave. Liza has experienced a stroke and is haunted by her choices as a teen. However, Jenny the strong and big hearted grandmother the solid one who defends her family. It's a courageous story about mothers and daughters and the strong and powerful love binding them as family. A comical southern novel full of banters and one liners which will keep you laughing – no big surprises or big twists; however, if you like Southern Fiction, readers will find entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago