2¢ Worth: Joshilyn Jackson has officially made a fan out of me. This glorious multigenerational story about teen pregnancy, redemption, and motherhood (with a good dose of mystery) truly blew me away. 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, they 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.
Words aloud: Joshilyn Jackson does a marvelous job as Big, Mosey, and Liza. She tweaked her voice slightly for fifteen-year-old Mosey and it was perfect and felt unauthentic and natural. Her southern accent is easy to listen to and gives the characters part of their charm. I appreciated that every chapter begins with the name of the character so you know which POV (point of view) is next. I cannot wait to try another of her audiobooks.
Whippersnappers: Sex, sexuality, infidelity, teen pregnancy, drug usage, occasional profanity, and mentions to abortion, rape, and death. Oh and Big is pretty mad at God for the hand she has been dealt.
Thank you Bermuda Onion for introducing me to this book and Joshilyn Jackson. If you get a chance, visit her video of Joshilyn discussing A Grown Up Kind of Pretty. It convinced me.
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