Book Reviews, YA book reviews

Grown by Tiffany D Jackson – ARC Review

 

My Rating ~ Five Stars

RELEASE DATE:  7 October 2020

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Harper Collins Australia

RRP:  AU$19.99

 

Blurb

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.

 

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Review

Thank you to Harper Collins Australia for providing me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review!

 

I was struggling, trying to decide what book to pick up next after nothing catching my interest for days, when Grown arrived in the mail.  I am SO glad I decided to dive right in to it!  Intense and brilliant, Grown held me in a kind of spellbound, horrified way and I didn’t want to put it down.
Enchanted is just trying to blend in to her (almost exclusively white) school, with her friend Gab.  Swimming and sneakily hoping she can make her singing dreams come true, even if her parents don’t approve in a career in music.  When superstar Korey Fields notices her and sweeps her off her feet, she can’t believe the turn her life has taken.  But as her perfect love story starts to show cracks, she finds herself spiralling down into a dark, terrible, abusive relationship.
This book was so spot on in its representation of the ways women, and especially young girls, can be trapped into an abusive situation that sneaks up on them.  It’s easy to see the warning signs from the outside looking in, but when the person in the situation is blinded by love, fear of rejection or a Jekyll and Hyde personality, the way out is not always clear.  This one is for all the ‘why didn’t she just leave?’ people.    The specific vulnerability of young black girls was highlighted here too, along with the shameful way victims of domestic abuse are sometimes treated by authorities.  Grown isn’t a ‘fun’ read.  It isn’t meant to be.  It’s a sad and harrowing read, but it is equally an important read.
Tiffany D Jackson is now an author I’m immediately running to read her other books!

 

 

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