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Review: Never Have I Ever

Never Have I Ever

Never Have I Ever
By Joshilyn Jackson
William Morrow, 9780062855312, July 2019, 352pp.

The Short of It:

I love a good secret and this book has many.

The Rest of It:

Amy Whey is a Florida housewife with a past. A past that she’s kept well-hidden until a short-term neighbor makes an appearance at her book club and plays her version of the game Never Have I Ever. Amy immediately notes that something is amiss. This stranger knows something about her past and she has to find out what or risk losing everything she has; two beautiful kids, a loving husband and a beautiful home in a great neighborhood not to mention her best friend, Charlotte.

This neighborhood has no idea what it’s in for with its picture-perfect inhabitants, manicured hedges, and this one new addition who is up to no good but it makes for excellent reading. From page one, I was hooked and surprisingly, it’s not predictable. There were some surprises thrown in which I always appreciate.

I think this author is typically known for southern fiction but this reads like a mystery and I enjoyed it very much. Jackson’s depiction of women in this demographic is pretty spot-on too but I can tell she had a little fun with it as well.

Overall, it’s a solid, entertaining read.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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Review: A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty
By Joshilyn Jackson
Grand Central Publishing, 9780446582360, 2012, 352pp.

The Short of It:

A thoroughly engaging story about three generations trying to live the best life they can, but battling demon after demon along the way.

The Rest of It:

Liza is a “grown-up kind of pretty” which gets her in trouble more times than her mom “Big” can count. Boys are not her issue, but men? Grown men, preferably married ones are what catch her eye. Drugs too. But when Liza becomes pregnant at the age of fourteen, Big becomes her fierce protector.

Years later, when Liza’s daughter Mosey enters her own teen years, Liza suffers a massive stroke which leaves Big as Mosey’s primary caregiver. Big’s sole purpose in life is to keep Mosey from going down the same path as Liza. But Liza has many secrets. Some of which Big is just now discovering and include something buried in the back yard.

I have to tell you. I have had this book on my shelf for a long, long time. Seven years. Possibly more.  One of the Instagram accounts I follow posted a photo of the book and since she was reading it, and I happened to have it, I joined her. So glad I did. This book has it all and it’s not full of fluff, which the cover might lead you to believe. It reminded me a lot of Steel Magnolias. You know how the women stuck together no matter what? Plus, Jackson can write her fanny off.  These characters leap off the page with all their faults but I still loved them.

If you need a quick read but one that is kind of fun but deep at the same time, go find a copy of A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty.

Source: I won this copy in a giveaway!
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