Honorable Mention: A Grown Up Kind of Pretty, by Joshilyn Jackson
A GROWN-UP KIND OF PRETTY is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it’s there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey’s strong and big-hearted grandmother, whose maternal love braids together the strands of the women’s shared past–and who will stop at nothing to defend their future.
My 2 Cents: This is my current read and if you’re a fan of Southern fiction, this book should be at the very tip-top of your list of must-reads. Joshilyn Jackson weaves a story unlike anything I’ve ever read before. It’s a coming-of-age story, and so much more. This page-turner is a mystery that includes: scandal, heartbreak, and stubborn faith in family. Jackson does much more than just write a book, she creates an experience for the reader. This one is a gift.