Review: A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson

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.

Rating: 3 Stars

This review was originally published onĀ Mom’s Radius.

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty
Joshilyn Jackson
Fiction
Hachette Audio
January 25, 2012
Audio
322

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.

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