28 December 2012 ~ 0 Comments

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

I should own up to being a big fan of this author before I even start to give you my opinion. I picked up this book when it came out but just got around to reading it. I was born and raised in South Carolina and I really do enjoy Southern Fiction – when it’s done well. So many authors try too hard with the dialect and locations and just make all southerners sound like morons. I kind of think Joshilyn is actually FROM the south, so perhaps that’s why she excels at capturing the spirit without making me want to hunt her down and kill her.

This book was no different for me. I really enjoyed it, admittedly because it was good, but also an easy and fast read. The dialect was enough to keep the location alive without overdoing it. The storyline had enough momentum, yet enough mystery, to keep me reading and interested. It does start out a little slow, but once I got into it and the author laid the plot out, I was totally on board.

I will admit to feeling a little tricked at the beginning as to what I was getting myself into. I was expecting a legal setting at the end and it kind of whimpered out on me. I was all set for something that didn’t really happen. Perhaps I’ve read too much Picoult or Grisham, eh?

The story itself is a hard one for me and one I think would be good for a book club because there’s so much going on in the women’s lives and so much to discuss about right vs wrong that it would make for a lively discussion.

Well done – recommended for women’s fiction and southern fiction readers.

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.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2012: 43

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