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3.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 5 3.80 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joshilyn Jackson Narrator: Joshilyn Jackson Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781611139938
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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 she becomes 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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Quotes & Awards

  • 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, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants

  • 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
  • “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.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Highly immersive... a compelling page turner.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[There are] hundreds of moving parts in the machinery of Jackson's intricate mystery, all deliciously unraveled one tantalizing clue at a time.”

    Library Journal

  • “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.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • “A deeply felt, engaging story.”

    Atlantic

  • “A valentine to the bonds of family!”

    Family Circle

  • “Compelling…Jackson introduces some truly appalling villains as well as a handful of affable supporting characters…The Slocumb women are easy to root for.”

    Miami Herald Tribune

  • 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

  • “Snappy dialogue with a Southern twang, spiritual uplift and undeniably likable characters.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Selected for the February 2012 Indie Next List
  • A 2012 Booklist Editors’ Choice Selection: Adult Books for Young Adults

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie Cox | 2/20/2014

    " Joshilyn Jackson writes such good books. This was another winner about the 3 Slocumb women and how life can change in the blink of an eye. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb-oh | 2/19/2014

    " This story blew me away...there is so much warmth, love, mishaps and misunderstandings it kept me glued to the pages...just Wonderful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noelle | 2/16/2014

    " I really enjoyed this multigenerational drama, the characters came off as real and endearing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elaissa | 2/15/2014

    " Weird, crazy story. Skip this book and read Between, Georgia. Much better book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Epiphany Pradia | 1/29/2014

    " Audio version, read by author, and it was wonderfully done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zeke Applegate | 1/27/2014

    " Quiet a mystery and probably would be called a "chick book" but very interesting, making you wonder just how it is going to turn out. The twist and turns are agreeable and like a picture puzzle pieces slowly come to light as the story developes a picture in your mind of how things are going to work out. Engaging story and we can see a little of our self in some of the happenings in relationships. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicki Green | 1/26/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book although some of the adult-authored teenage slang made me cringe. But the book also made me laugh out loud at several places. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Hess | 1/25/2014

    " Nov 2012 book club pick....think the ladies will HATE it but I actually liked the characters and the mystery angle. Exceeded my expectations but probably the wrong pick for my book group audience. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Zinner | 1/18/2014

    " Kind of fluffy Southern lit, but I must admit that some of her sentences bring tears to my eyes... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gaye | 12/22/2013

    " Listening to the author read this book added to its appeal for me and overall it was good storytelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicky | 12/21/2013

    " This is one of the most enjoyable reads I've had in awhile. I had a hard time putting it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle karl | 12/9/2013

    " quirky kind of easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy Steen | 11/3/2013

    " Such a good book I would definitely recommend!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Boucher | 10/22/2013

    " I liked the writing style. It had a very engaging story and very well developed characters. Very enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thuy | 10/15/2013

    " it was a good story. i could see it's movie potential. if you like law and order type story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 8/29/2013

    " Cute book with enough surprises to keep me interested--basically about family love. I enjoyed the audio. The author narrated the book. At least she didn't have that fake masculine voice--I hate that. The cover was adorable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 7/6/2013

    " What a wonderful storyteller. I am really tiring of multiple narrators because I typically like one of the voices and none of the others. This was the exception - I loved each of the narrators and truly enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot. Excited to read more of her work! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica Henderson | 6/7/2013

    " Love love love Joshilyn Jackson "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 5/28/2013

    " Not one of her best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodie | 10/11/2012

    " Loved this book. It was a real page turner. I highly recommend reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Mace | 9/27/2012

    " This was a good book...I enjoyed the three generations and how they interacted! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte | 8/17/2012

    " I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to my daughter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cari | 3/29/2012

    " Awesome, twisty-turny story. Loved the imperfect yet almost perfectly written characters. Reminds me of one a great Gillian Flynn book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heidi Rothert | 1/22/2012

    " More adult material than expected. Too much bad language in my opinion. Good story line. Kept me interested enough to not stop reading it and skip the not so great stuff as best I could. Disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Briley Boisvert | 1/11/2012

    " I enjoyed this story, but I also think it was very odd & hard to get started in. "

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About the Author
Author Joshilyn Jackson

Joshilyn Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Backseat Saints, Gods in Alabama, Between, Georgia, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming,and A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages and short-listed for the Townsend Prize. Jackson won the SIBA Book Award for Fiction in 2005, and, as a former actor, was nominated for an Audie Award and received a Listen Up Award from Publishers Weekly. She lives in Decatur, Georgia, with her husband and their two children.