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A Grown-up Kind of Pretty

Jackson, Joshilyn (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Grown-up Kind of Pretty
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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.
Authors: Jackson, Joshilyn
Title: A grown-up kind of pretty
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., 2012.
Edition: 1st trade ed.
Characteristics: 334 p. ;,21 cm.
Notes: Includes a Reading Group Guide.
ISBN: 9780446582360
0446582360
Statement of Responsibility: Joshilyn Jackson
Subject Headings: Mothers and daughters Fiction. Domestic fiction. Families Fiction.
Genre/Form: Humorous fiction.
Topical Term: Mothers and daughters
Domestic fiction.
Families
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Jul 07, 2013
  • finn75 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A friend recommended this book to me and i really enjoyed it. Strong female characters fighting and struggling with each other but in the end fighting for each other! Sad, moving yet heart warming. Worth a read.

Feb 03, 2013
  • nidofito rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Just finished reading it. Really liked the Slocumb ladies' strong personalities and their will to not give up on themselves or each other. Really enjoyed the book.

For two generations in a row, the Slocumb women have met with disaster the year they turn 15: Big got pregnant with Liza; Liza returned the favour and followed it up by disappearing with her daughter, to return a couple years later as a recovering addict. Now Liza's daughter, Mosey, is 15 - despite being a virgin, she repeatedly takes pregnancy tests just in case. But a different surprise is in store for her in her 15th year: bones are found buried in the yard, and all three generations of the Slocumb family must deal with the story they tell. With its Southern setting and quirky, quick-thinking characters, this family-centered story is a must-read for fans of Billie Letts, Mark Childress, or Lee Smith.

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Aug 03, 2012
  • kesha1123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing! Stupendous! What a read. Jackson has an uncanny ability of making the reader both dread and desire to turn the page. Dread - because the story is so well done you don't want it to end and desire - simply because the story is so well done you want to know what's next. All three characters were wonderfully created. I was invested from the opening line. Between Big, Liza, Mosey, Patti, Roger, and even Claire I was wholeheartedly invested. Starting with the heroines, because that is exactly what each of the main characters were, flawed heroines; I connected with each lady's storyline despite the severe differences in our lives. That's a testament to Jackson's ability to create characters anyone would care to read about. An added bonus to the story was the built in suspense and mystery of the true geneology of the Slocum and Richardson families. I am diligently looking for other novels by Jackson and thankful that Goodreads recommended this title based on my rating for The Help.

Jun 04, 2012
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The BOOK was okay – but not one of my favorites.

Mar 22, 2012
  • sasie rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

3 generations of strong southern women tell a story of family secrets. Great setting, characters and story.

Feb 12, 2012
  • debwalker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Mother at 15, grandmother at 30 - will the cycle continue?

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