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4.37  ·  Rating details ·  7,204 ratings  ·  1,884 reviews
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“Grown exposes the underbelly of a tough conversation, providing a searing examination of misogynoir, rape culture, and the vulnerability of young black girls. Groundbreaking, heart-wrenching, and essential reading for all in the #MeToo era.” —Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Belles

Award-winning author Tiffany D. Jackson deliv
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Published September 15th 2020 by HarperAudio/Katherine Tegen Books
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emily Its problematic because its not a relationship. Its a grown man using his power and fame to manipulate a minor. It's an entirely different situation. …moreIts problematic because its not a relationship. Its a grown man using his power and fame to manipulate a minor. It's an entirely different situation. (less)
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Gemma Geraghty I think the point is that Ritchie stabbed him, then the camera cut out - so the ending led me to believe Ritchie was punished in the end absolving Enc…moreI think the point is that Ritchie stabbed him, then the camera cut out - so the ending led me to believe Ritchie was punished in the end absolving Enchanted because of this evidence...however as Enchanted recalls, the initial stabbing did not actually kill him and Korey was still alive so Enchanted finished him off (but the camera had already died)! Really enjoyed this twist. (less)
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Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, important
I fell in love with this cover the way you fall down a very steep set of stairs when you miss a step: instantly and without a chance of resistance

My first Tiffany Jackson book won't be my last. As a matter of fact, Allegedly has been on my radar for years and now I'm even more determined to read it. Grown was brutal thriller, a battle cry, a sucker punch on rape culture.

I finished this book in half a day. I flew through the pages in a single sitting. It helped that the chapters are short, the pa
Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay. I need a drink. Something strong. I feel the rocks sit on my chest. I’m pissed. I’m sad. I’m heartbroken. What an intense, gripping, soul shaking, thought provoking, depressing but also outstandingly realistic, harsh, honest story I’ve just finished.

The novel has a shocking opening: A young girl, Enchanted Jones wakes up in a room with painful headache. Her vision is still blurry. Where is she? Oh no, what the hell are those red pools cover the floor? Beet juice. Who does pour beet juice
daph pink ♡
Miss Tiffany Jackson do you hear my angry sobs? Yes I am fucking disappointed and I have complete right to be because my most anticipated "Y/A MYSTERY THRILLER " proved out to be an absolute unoriginal , naive and boring read.

Yess , so since the announcement of this book and the cover reveal I was so excited for this because I loved her Mondays not coming and I was waiting for it so eagerly because my arc request was cancelled too so you can see my anticipation was on seventh sky !

Yeah so mov
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This was hard to get through at times because of the subject matter, but wow was it worth the listen. It is inspired by the allegations of abuse and sexual misconduct against R Kelly, and it deals very, very heavily with grooming, sexual assault, and emotional manipulation. If you're at all sensitive to those things, I would recommend treading with caution as it explores those topics very deeply on page and doesn't really pull any punches as it does so. However, I think that if you can handle th ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
"In my past life, I was a mermaid. I lived deep in the ocean, swimming free, eating crustaceans, and singing five-octave ballads. My notes caused ripples in the sea-whales, turtles, and seahorses alike gathered for my daily concerts. But on land, I struggle to breathe. Humans don't understand my pescatarian diet, and singing is a concept, not an aspiration."

This book. Please be prepared, this one features heavy content that might be triggering for some folks who have experienced abusive relation
So powerful. So moving. I think this is a really important story about things that happen in real life - men in the music industry taking advantage of young girls. This happens everywhere all the time, in every industry, and it’s tragic and it’s heartbreaking and I appreciate this author for writing such a beautiful story and bringing these issues to light.
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I wasn’t sure I wanted to read this book, for several reasons. One, this book is marketed as YA- and as I’ve stated previously, I struggle with this category- again, for several reasons.

Two, I learned while researching the book that it was inspired by the R. Kelly allegations, indicating the book might be disturbing and upsetting-

And three, I’ve already read one book this year with a si
Jananie (thisstoryaintover)
HOLY. this book was intense and so very needed. both a mystery-thriller page-turner but also a very contemporary story of one young girl's loss of innocence as she is preyed upon by someone with power and fame—this book hit hard notes and is definitely unforgettable. Tiffany D. Jackson is quickly becoming a favourite author and I can't wait to go back and read more of her backlist. ...more
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Thank you to the publisher for the review copy. All thoughts and ideas are my own.

Ohhh my goodness. Okay so let me first start by saying that there are a lot of TW in this book including rape, abuse (physical, mental, and emotional), child endangerment, drug use, sexual assault, mental health, discussion of suicide. If you're not aware, which I feel like most people are, Grown is a lose narrative of the stories and allegations that h
I liked a big portion of this novel, but ultimately the author here bit off more than she could and needed to chew.

The inspiration for Grown is R. Kelly's case. This story is told from the perspective of Enchanted, a 17-year old aspiring singer. I think Jackson does a pretty good job answering questions R. Kelly's victims get asked a lot - Why did you hook up with a grown ass man? How did your family allow you, a teen girl, to live with him? Why did you stay when he started abusing you? Why didn
Sahil Javed
Mar 18, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, bookshelf
i want more beautiful black girls on covers. this is perfection.
C.G. Drews
This is my 3rd Tiffany D Jackson book of the year and I'm absolutely in awe of her storytelling, the suspense, the masterful nuance in the way she tackles the darkest and most raw of topics. This one is about grooming, and it's confronting and bitterly gut-wrenching to read. It something that needs to be talked about: how when a young girl gets abused by an older man, the narrative is "she should've known better", not "that grown man is a monster". Girls are not GROWN just because they "look old ...more
Peyton Reads
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely amazing, gut wrenching, and terrifying at the same time. Major trigger warnings for sexual abuse/assault, rape, and manipulation. This book is so important and I genuinely believe it will help so many young girls. And hopefully it can help other people open their eyes to how people won’t just listen to women! Especially Black women.
5 heart wrenching stars for this tough read about grooming, assault, abuse and how women are treated when they come forward with allegations. Grown is a heart wrenching but important read and unfortunately extremely relevant. 💔⁣⁣
This book was emotionally charged and left me feeling spent when I turned the last page. The journey 17 year old Enchanted takes in this book is harrowing. The things she endures are unspeakable, worse because we know others have lived through the same and worse. My he
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
This cover killed me, brought me back, and killed me again 💀🖤
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trigger warnings for rape, grooming, abuse, drug use, and discussion of suicide.

Wow, this book was so heavy and emotional and real. I read this book in two days because I couldn't put it down. Enchanted was a normal teenager who just wanted her chance to be a star and an older, famous musician took complete advantage of her and violated her in every way. My heart went out to Enchanted, her family, and her friends. I really enjoyed how we got to see how hard it was for her parents when, in many
Liana Grace
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
YA authors are really trying to outdo each other with gorgeous cover art lately.
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers, 2020
CW: emotional and physical abuse, mentions of sexual abuse, rape, assault, child abuse, kidnapping, addiction to opioids, domestic abuse in a romantic relationship, grooming, pedophilia, suicidal ideation

What an intense, heartbreaking, gripping, thought-provoking, depressing, scarily realistic story. I'm so angry. I'm so sad. For the majority of this book, I legitimately felt like there was a giant rock sitting on my chest. This book brought me the closest to tears than any other book I've read
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
Grown is my fourth book by this author. It is Young Adult contemporary realistic fiction with a bit of a mystery.

This author is extremely unique. So I always look forward to reading her books. She writes meaningful and relevant stories about black teens.

This book is divided into 4 parts. And has a NOW and THEN story line. The narrator is 17 year old Enchanted/Chanty Jones.

In the NOW there is blood everywhere and something bad has happened. In the THEN we get to see Enchanted in high school (she
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Damn. This book had me angry the ENTIRE TIME. The entire situation was angering, and just ugggghhh. This book will have you sad, angry, and heart broken.

This book wasn’t only about trafficking, gaslighting, child abuse - it’s also about the system, and how it works against Black women, who receive the worst consequences from the system, just by being Black and a woman.

This is one of the hardest books I’ve read all year, but also my most anticipated. It did not disappoint. A must-read for everyo
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As always, I hate giving such a low rating to a Black author but this book didn't know what it wanted to be.

Issues I Had With This Book:
* Is this a murder mystery, is it a thriller, is it a social commentary about abused and neglected Black girls? One could argue that it could be all those things and technically a book could do that (Sadie by Courtney Summers-sans Black girls) but it ca
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Firstly, this is by far one of my favourite covers ever!

This one really took me by surprise, that tends to be happening with YA books lately. I love how YA mystery books tend to have other powerful themes throughout.

The subject matter is heavy but so important by providing an insight into how easily young girls can become involved in grooming relationships and how quickly things can escalate out of control.

Thank you so much @harpercollinsaustralia for my gifted copy. I highly suggest you pick
chantel nouseforaname

Tiffany D. Jackson did that shit. Yo listen, this was a painful read. It was not something glorious to read but it definitely highlighted and categorized how abusive predators like Jeffrey Epstein, Harvey Weinstein, R Kelly, Russell Simmons, etc could/did manipulate young women hoping to enter the entertainment industry into sexually exploitative situations. In the case of R Kelly, whom this book is clearly modelled after, it
Claude's Bookzone
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My wounds are invisible, weeping invisible blood. Can anyone see the black and blue marks painted on my heart? What if that's it. What if I'm invisible. That's why no one has tried to save me. Why no one can hear my screams, inside and out.

Well I now feel like I have significantly more insight into the deplorable world of grooming.

This book was so difficul
[quoted from uncorrected ARC]

"That's stupid as Hell. Even if she did, HE knew better. Not looking at their age don't change their age. Your dad is being messy."

Alrighty, right off the bat- this book isn't a 'fun' read. It is disheartening and sad and left me so uneasy. But I am pretty certain that was the author's goal. The author did a great job of showing the early warning signs of situations like this, and the commentary of the other characters in this book feels like we are reading how socie
mish ♡
This quote is so so important:

Malcolm X said it best. The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the Black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman.❞❞

Once in a while, a book comes along that is powerful in a different way (aside from just being entertaining), and it's hard to really get your thoughts out. I'm going to say what a lot of ppl have, that Grown is a meaningful read that everyone should experience.
It w
Emer (A Little Haze)
So frequently women and girls are not believed. They’re asking for it. They knew what they were doing. They were dressing provocatively... Victims are blamed and shamed.

But then if that woman or girl is Black it gets even worse. Their bodies are inherently sexualised in society and it’s disgusting. Disgusting that somehow Black girls’ bodies don’t belong to them. They’re there for the male gaze. For male gratification.

In Grown Tiffany D. Jackson predominantly takes inspiration from the cases o
Kelsie Maxwell
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-read
Grown is ripped-from-the-headlines Young Adult fiction from Tiffany D. Jackson.

Seventeen-year-old high school student, Enchanted Jones, awakens covered in blood with no memory of what has occurred. Her dream of being a professional singer has gone all wrong. She was ecstatic when esteemed R&B singer, Korey Fields, acknowledged her and became her mentor, that is, until she met the other Korey. Her role model has a “dark” side. Now, Korey is dead and the police are at the door. Her hopes and drea
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Tiffany D. Jackson is the New York Times Bestselling author of YA novels including the Coretta Scott King — John Steptoe New Talent Award-winning Monday’s Not Coming, the NAACP Image Award-nominated Allegedly, Let Me Hear A Rhyme, and her 2020 title GROWN. She received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University, her master of arts in media studies from the New School, and has over a decad ...more

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