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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,244 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:
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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 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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Elaissa | 2/15/2014

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

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