Synopsis from HarperCollins:
Award-winning author Tiffany D. Jackson delivers another riveting, ripped-from-the-headlines mystery that exposes horrific secrets hiding behind the limelight and embraces the power of a young woman’s voice.
When legendary R&B artist Korey Fields spots Enchanted Jones at an audition, her dreams of being a famous singer take flight. Until Enchanted wakes up with blood on her hands and zero memory of the previous night. Who killed Korey Fields?
Before there was a dead body, Enchanted’s dreams had turned into a nightmare. Because behind Korey’s charm and star power was a controlling dark side. Now he’s dead, the police are at the door, and all signs point to Enchanted.
About: Grown is a young adult contemporary written by Tiffany D. Jackson. It was published on 9/15/2020 by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, paperback, 384 pages. This book is intended for readers ages 13 and up, grades 8 and up. According to the publisher’s website, “Katherine Tegen Books publishes high-quality, commercial literature for children of all ages, including teens. Talented authors and illustrators who offer powerful narratives that are thought-provoking, well-written, and entertaining are the core of the Katherine Tegen Books imprint, established in 2003.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading and listening to an audiobook on Grown on 8/20/2021 and finished it on 8/26/2021. A fantastic read and audiobook! It’s also a heart wrenching listen as well. This story reminded me of Behind Closed Doors and R. Kelly. The narrator did a great job narrating this story. I loved it when she changed tones to the scared and afraid parts as well as the excitement parts and different voices for different characters. The story was fast paced with short chapters. I read up on R. Kelly’s news on 8/25/21, the things his accusers said about him are exactly as what the bad guy do in this story. The author’s note informed that this story wasn’t about R. Kelly but about men like him who took advantage of their position, similar to Harvey Weinstein.
This book started with part one, the timeline is now. A girl woke up beaten, ached, and covered in what looked like blood but was in fact beet juice. She was worried to upset the man of the house if he were to find her with beet juice staining all over his house. She tried to remember what happened last night when the police burst in. The story then began with the timeline of then. Enchanted aka Chanty, 17, loved to sing, but her mom wanted her to focus in on school first. She tricked her mom into giving her a ride into the city to attend a singing competition. There she met a popular singer and he took a liking to her. He showered Enchanted with music opportunities and her family with concerts. Finally he invited her to go on tour with him. On tour, they sing together sometimes and other times he had different plans for her. The timeline of past and present weaved into the story, but mostly dominated by the past. This book was divided into 4 parts.
Grown was well written and developed! I enjoyed following Enchanted. She’s smart and can think on her feet. I liked how she’s a go-getter. All she wanted was to sing and she got it. She wanted to prove herself innocent and she went to obtain the evidence. I liked the reminders about our voices. That we should use our voice to speak up to defend ourselves. Enchanted’s parents were great as well as her siblings. I loved their weekly Disney movie night. Gab’s comments were excellent regarding police handling the complaint. A #metoo type of story, this book is a read no one should miss. A bit more swearing than I’m comfortable with for the youngest of teenagers to read, but it’s an important story to be aware and alert on.
(Side note: Now that I have listened and read closely, I do noticed the changes to the final copy of the story version the advanced copy of the book. Not drastic changes and the story still mean the same. I’m glad for it. One time I read from another blogger that authors do revise the final copy a lot and reading advanced copy may be an entirely different story. I’m okay to read an advanced copy).
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Tiffany D. Jackson is the critically acclaimed author of Allegedly, Monday’s Not Coming, and Let Me Hear a Rhyme. A Walter Dean Myers Honor Book and Coretta Scott King–John Steptoe New Talent Award winner, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University, earned her master of arts in media studies from the New School, and has over a decade in TV and film experience. The Brooklyn native still resides in the borough she loves. You can visit her at http://www.writeinbk.com (Photo and info obtained from HarperCollins’ website).
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***Disclaimer: I borrowed this audiobook from my library. I won a copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway hosted by HarperCollins. I appreciate the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.