A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty
GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS: Made the top ten list in Fiction, 2012 | Okra Pick |
BOOKLIST Editors’ Choice Selection: Best Adult Books for a Young Adult audience
“…a mesmerizing tale …This is Jackson’s most absorbing book yet” – Booklist, Starred review
When a long-hidden grave is unearthed in the backyard, headstrong young Mosey Slocumb is determined to investigate. What she learns could cost her family everything…
Every fifteen years, trouble comes after the Slocumb women. Now, as their youngest turns fifteen, a whole new kind of commotion is chasing all three generations. Mosey’s desperate to know who used their yard as a make-shift cemetery, and why. The oldest, forty-five year old Ginny, fights to protect Mosey from the truth, a fight that could cost Ginny the love of her life. Between them is Liza, silenced by a stroke, with the answers trapped inside her. To survive Liza’s secrets and Mosey’s insistent adventures, Ginny must learn to trust the love that braids the strands of their past—and stop at nothing to defend their future.
“…a mesmerizing tale …This is Jackson’s most absorbing book yet, a lush, rich read with three very different but equally compelling characters at its core.”
– Booklist (Starred Review)
“Snappy dialogue with a Southern twang, spiritual uplift and undeniably likable characters.”
Jackson’s newest is highly immersive, evoking the suffocation of rural Mississippi and using a teen pregnancy mystery to create a compelling page-turner.
– Publishers Weekly
VERDICT: Liza, as the unreliable narrator, is used to perfection in this warm family story that teeters between emotional highs and lows, laughter and tears. Book groups will eat this up.
– Library Journal
“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 kind of 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 Ape House and Water for Elephants