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Pětačtyřicetiletá Ginny je přesvědčená, že je její rodina každých patnáct let stižena kletbou. Ona sama v patnácti otěhotněla a porodila dceru Lizu, jež ve svých patnácti udělala totéž. Teď uplynulo dalších patnáct let a obě svobodné matky, Ginny i Liza, s hrůzou čekají, kdy dospívající Mosey zopakuje stejný scénář. Tentokrát však kletba na rodinu dopadá nečekaným způsobem ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published 2014 by Ikar (first published October 5th 2010)
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Debby
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-books
If you've never read a book by Joshilyn Jackson (Gods in Alabama; Between, Gerogia; The Girl Who Stopped Swimming; or Backseat Saints) you are missing out on a most phenomenal experience!

Jackson's newest book, A Grown Up Kind of Pretty, was everything that I like in Jackson's books; being swept up into the story and the characters and enjoying every minute of it! I couldn't put this book down.

The characters are definitely outside the bos: The Alabama matriarch of this family is "Big". Big is 4
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Britany
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, audiobook, 2019
I am really enjoying Jackson's novels. She is a delight to listen to on audio as she narrates her own books. What a treat indeed!

This novel finds a family of three women and three generations (in order)- Ginny, Liza, and Mosey. Every 15 years, the Slocumbs experience something life changing-- so far, it's been unexpected pregnancies. The chapters are told from each perspective of the main characters. It all started when the matriarch, Big wants to take down the willow tree to put in a pool for h
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BookLover
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fantastic story! Told from the points of view of a grandmother, mother and daughter, I was drawn into their story from the first paragraph. Each point of view had a very distinct voice and each of their stories, leading up to the conclusion, was very engaging.

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty centers around a BIG secret. Mixed in with the mystery is the touching relationship between three generations of women. I loved it!! It had the perfect blend of the past mingled in with the current story
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Jennifer
Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan of Joshilyn Jackson's novels, and I think A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty might be her best yet. Ginny, Liza and Mosey Slocumb are instantly lovable characters and their shared story is at turns pee-your-pants hilarious and heartbreaking. The plot has more twists and turns than a storyline from Days of Our Lives (which Jackson references a lot in this book--I love that!)--and she keeps the pacing fast but not breakneck. Jackson gives her characters such honest, self-aware voices, espec ...more
Maureen
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: womens-fiction
I read this book a couple years ago, but forgot to mention it here on GR. It was a great story! Wonderful characters, and it kept my attention all the way through.
I've since read some of her later books and found them lacking, in my opinion. This one I really enjoyed.
Jlnpeacock Peacock
A book like this, in former days, was considered a trashy romance. It is on book club lists because Jackson is of the up and coming generation of writers, which only proves to me how far our values have sunk. There was a great deal of profanity and crudeness of language with an overwhelming emphasis on sex. It was highly anti-Christian. The author claims she is from the South, but it didn't stick. It seems her agenda is to portray Southerns in an unreal light; i.e., Dukes of Hazard and Hew Haw t ...more
☮Karen
I'm sort of torn on how to review this. I liked two of the three Slocumb women and the teenage friends in current day, but wasn't enamored of a few of the plot twists and events from the past. I found it a bit shocking in parts, but not the good kind of shock. The portrayals of Big and Mosey and a couple laugh out loud moments saved it for me in the end.
M
Jul 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank God for 3 star books. I really mean that. Though I feel bad for the writers of books that are fairly well written but will sadly never make it because they just fall short in their chick lit premises, I am very grateful for the book that I can read on a raft and not have to concentrate too hard but care enough to keep reading.
This book's premise is 30 percent intrigue and 70 percent dumb - in fact it is why I put this book back on the library shelf last time (along with the cover and, ok,
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Noeleen
I listened to the audio version of A Grown-Up Kind Of Pretty. Audible books and I are not buxom buddies and probably never will be. The narrator has to be exceptional for me to enjoy this format. The author, Joshilyn Jackson did a superb job and did not disappoint in narrating this book. It's great when you get the author narrating their own book as it really came through how much Joshilyn Jackson loved these characters she created.

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty, set in Mississippi, tells the story
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Dem
Jan 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy southern fiction and was looking forward to A Grown-up kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson.

Having read and loved Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe I am always scouting for a southern read to draw me in just like that book did.

The plot for A grown up kind of pretty really gets you thinking.

"When a long hidden grave is unearthed in the backyard of the Slocumb home, headstrong Mosey Slocumb is determined to investigate. What she learns could cost her family everything"

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extraordinary ordinary whimsy
I was held captive by the mystery that begins with the bones found in a yard, amazed by the slow unraveling of Liza's twisted history, and transfixed by what Big (Ginny) is willing to do for her child. These flawed, brave, spunky characters tackle real issues and ultimately, when the truth is revealed, realize just how much they need and love each other. I may be nothing like these ladies, but they really moved me and I want to be just like fierce mama Big.
Courtney
I wish I'd never given five stars before, because rarely has a book deserved them in the way this book does. Jackson is a master of words and of storytelling. I was 100% invested in this story from the very first page, and I read more slowly than usual because I really didn't want to say goodbye to Big, Mosey, or anyone else in this book. Hell, I even loved a Duckins. I had my heart broken by some of the beautiful sentences in this book. And better than that, this book was wholly unpredictable. ...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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3.5 out of 5

I've read two other novels by this author, long before I started blogging, and I was less than impressed by what she had to offer in Between, Georgia and Gods in Alabama . Both of these Southern-set novels were just sort of...there. I didn't love them, didn't hate them; I didn't have enough emotion invested to feel either way. Nothing called to me from their pages; the characters weren't favorites or interesting; they simply did what
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Book Concierge
Audiobook performed by the author.
4.5****

Excerpt from the book jacket: 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 three Slocumb women: a child on the cusp of womanhood searching for her true family; a woman whose fight to protect her daughter will toss her headlong into a second chance at first love; and a lost soul rediscovering
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Tania
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liza understands it, but she understands it outside, looking in. Love has never been her currency, while Big and Mosey, both of them, are soaked in it.

This is what I love about Goodreads - a while ago one of my GR friends recommended that I read this book based on my likes, and she was spot on. I gobbled up this story in less than a day. I loved all three the main characters, but Liza especially. I kept wondering why someone would be so self-destructive - the author writes this so well, she real
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Heidi Rothert
May 17, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
More adult material than expected. Too much bad language in my opinion. Good story line. Kept me interested enough to not stop reading it and skip the not so great stuff as best I could. Disappointing.
Amy
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever read a beautiful book in just one day? My first book of 2019, traveling from Colorado to Boston, had picked up from the "owned" pile, Joshilyn Jackson's A Grown Up Kind of Pretty. I just loved it! I was drawn in instantly. Three (family) women, each 15 years apart, Ginny/Big - 45, Liza (Little), 30, and Mosey (15), as each struggles to figure out who Mosey really is and what happened. And of course, at the center of it is love and loyalty, and a search for identity and second chanc ...more
Jen McConnel
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Slocumb women don't have skeletons in the closet: they keep them buried in the back yard.

Told from three POVs, this is the story of Big, Liza, and Mosey. Big (who's name is Ginny, but to her family, she's always been Big) is in her third "trouble year": every fifteen years, without fail, God throws her a curve ball and tries to bring her down. When she was 15, she got pregnant. When she was 30, her daughter, Liza, got pregnant and took off with the baby. And now, at 45, her world is crumbli
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Tamra
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I personally will never understand why some authors feel it necessary to have their characters use foul language in order for us to better "understand" the character's personality. Completely and totally NOT necessary to build a character! In fact, it can become so grating and annoying that it has the opposite effect - a distaste for a book that could have otherwise been a good story. Although the language in this novel wasn't prevalant, it was enough to make me wince whenever I read it. In fact ...more
Diane S ☔
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful southern novel, with strong woman as central characters, and enough plot twists and turns to keep the story moving quickly. Jackson always manages to come up with such quirky, yet human characters and a plot line that has the reader quickly becoming emotionally involved in the story line.
Loved the teenagers in the story and most especially loved Big. Charming and enjoyable.
Andrea
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
3.5 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

The audio version of this novel was full of fun! Great voices, interesting plot, and eccentric characters to keep me company as I shuffled around my family from school to sports to theater.....
Trudy
Jan 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is another fabulous book by Joshilyn Jackson. The story is a superb mystery pieced together through the viewpoints of the three major characters: Mosey, Liza, and Big. Laced with unexpected flashes of humor, this novel is compelling and thought-provoking.

I have one more of Joshilyn Jackson's books to read, and I sincerely hope she will continue to write (hurry, please), as she has become one of my favorite authors of all time.

I don't like to provide story line specifics
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Karla
JJ (Joshilyn Jackson) has never failed to bring a bold southern gritty twang into my monotonous world. This is my third JJ novel and I wasn't disappointed. It's a courageous story about mothers and daughters and the love that binds them. Three strong brazen voices unearth the mystery of the bones under the willow tree. Even though this isn't a traditional mother daughter story this is a modern layered story that makes me continue to believe roots grow where you water love and tend to them.
Jennifer
Oct 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of this! Joshilyn Jackson is a master storyteller! I was hooked immediately and kept turning pages, desperate to know the story of the bones beneath the willow tree. It was laugh-out-loud funny in places, and other parts had me in tears. If you're a fan of Joshilyn Jackson's writing, this book will not disappoint! If you're not a fan, pick up A Grown up Kind of Pretty, and you soon will be...
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
This review first appeared on my blog: http://www.knittingandsundries.com/20...

The novel starts out with Big (Virginia), 45 years old and her fears that something bad is going to happen. After all, something bad seems to happen every 15 years. She had her daughter Liza when she was 15 years old. In turn, Liza had her own daughter Mosey when SHE was 15. Liza had a massive stroke at Mosey's school dance when she was 30, and she is still recovering, unable to communicate and struggling to remember
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Lydia Laceby
Originally reviewed at Novel Escapes

I LOVED this novel. I laughed. I chocked up. I grinned. I cried. I giggled. A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty has everything I love in a novel – a unpredictable plot, emotion that leaps off the pages and characters as real and believable as the person sitting next to me. An ode to the bonds of family, regardless of its makeup, and the enduring strength of women, A Grown up Kind of Pretty is a compelling page turner that will keep you up late at night.

Narrated via alte
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Jill
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the fun things about going to a book festival, like we have in Tucson, is getting a sense of the real personalities of the authors. Often they seem to “go with” the kind of books they write, sort of like dog owners picking out dogs that match them. Joshilyn Jackson is so bubbly and electric that if you put her inside a power grid, you could light up a whole city for months.

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is about three remarkable women: Big (Ginny Slocumb, age 45), her daughter Liza (“Little”),
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Jennifer
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book will capture you. You will find yourself thinking about the characters during the day and rushing home in order to get your nose back in the pages and find out what happens next. Yup, it is really that juicy. Having read many of Joshilyn Jackson's works, my favorite had been Gods in Alabama; but I think A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty just won that prize. The main characters Big, Liza, and Mosey are so real and emotional and hearfelt that it is impossible not to get caught up in their lives. ...more
Jultri
4.5/5. Fascinating tale set in Alabama about three generations of women up against the family curse which plagues them every 15 years and usually involves a scandalous teenaged pregnancy. "Big" is the protective and formidable matriarch of the family, all of 45 years and no granny material, even though her life revolves around caring for her daughter and granddaughter. Liza, 30, was a combustible amalgamation of sex appeal and sass, but now she is a shadow of herself, struggling to reconnect her ...more
Samantha
Jan 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is the kind of novel that sweeps you into its' pages and doesn't let you go. Told from three different viewpoints, it is the story of Ginny (aka Big), Liza, and Mosey. Three generations of Slocumb women discovering each other's secrets while trying to keep the most important secret from destroying them all.

Whew! This book carried me away into the story that the author had to tell and into the lives of the Slocumb women. I was easily entranced as I began to uncover some
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