Friday, August 22, 2014

What Can Secrets From the Past Reveal?

Grown Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson is a great read!  I can’t wait to share my thoughts with you on this novel.  It is my first novel by this author and certainly won’t be my last!


In Immita Mississippi a hidden dark secret is brought to light that changes the lives of three generations of women.  We are introduced to fifteen year old Mosey, her mother Liza and her Grandmother Big.  What do these women have in common?  One day a tree in their front yard comes down, and underneath it are bones that belong to another child.  Mosey becomes curious as she embarks on a journey to discover who her parents are.   How will the results impact Mosey’s life and others?

My Thoughts:

I loved this novel out of all of the books that I had read this year! The writing style is incredible; it’s like watching a movie. The tone of the novel is both happy and sad. The characters are well written and developed. You feel bad for Mosey due to the fact of her mother’s choice.  The perception by others is that she will do the same. It is interesting how people have expectations that are not based in reality.  Even at Calvary Baptist School, she doesn’t get a break.  Once the discovery is made, and makes headlines.  The school and everyone’s attitudes towards her changes.  Liza seems to be the person you either want to hate or feel sorry for, because of her choices.  Big seemed to come across as a hypocrite for the choices and the resulting actions. Roger was a great towards Mosey. I loved how he chose to help her out in this mystery. I love how the story is told by different character’s point of view.

 Ms. Jackson did a great job with this one!

By Josephine Mattia

Rating: 5/5

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