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A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson
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Jun 02, 12

bookshelves: adult-fiction, audio-version, contemporary, humorous, mystery, southern, domestic-drama
Read in June, 2012

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty tells the stories of three generations of Slocumb women. When their backyard willow tree is cut down, a small grave is unearthed, baring the bones of a small child. Who this child is and how she got there is the foundation for this entire novel.

Jackson is at times irreverently funny, capturing a pitch perfect teen voice for Mosey. Her treatment of stroke victim Liza is adequately respectful and well rounded. Secondary characters, such as the villain Claire, remain flat and reliant on tropes. The build up for the mystery far outweighs the pay-off. There are many red herrings throughout the book, as both Big and Mosey seek the truth of the situation. I was on track to give this tree stars for its humor and primary characterizations, but the ending came with a whimper and left me feeling with a "That's it?" kind of sentiment.
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message 1: by Mary Lou (new)

Mary Lou Wasn't wild about this book either. Just slightly lame and I was looking forward to a J Jackson read, having heard her touted as a new voice in Southern women's fiction.


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