Cover Image: Grown

Grown

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date:

Member Reviews

The creeping sense of dread that this book brings is thankfully mitigated by the fact that the reader knows that Korey will be dead by the end of the story. There are times when you're reading when you remember that he will die and feel grateful for it, but the dread never really goes away. Because we're constantly wondering how bad things will go for Enchanted.

This is an important read, but one to approach with caution. Heed trigger warnings as necessary and take care with your mental health.
Was this review helpful?
THANK YOU, TIFFANY D. JACKSON! She once again hit a homeroom with her novel "Grown." From Allegedly to Monday's not Coming to Let me Hear Ya Rhyme, she can not write a bad novel. Each of her novels shares an important message, and Grown shares one of the most important messages for our times.

Grown follows the story of Enchanted Jones (Chanty), who is an aspiring singer when she meets the critically acclaimed singer Korey Fields. When the novel opens, the reader is shown Chaunty in a room with blood all over it, and we are taken on a trip back in time to piece together what happened to her. We follow her from her first meeting with Korey, who begins grooming her from the beginning. He convinces her parents to let him give her singing lessons, even though there is a huge age difference. Chaunty is 17, and Korey is 29 years old. I don't want to give away too much of the plot because this is a MUST read. Jackson really writes about a part of our society, sexual abuse, and grooming that many authors have not really written about. She allows the readers to take this trip with Chaunty and really feel her pain as she is abused by Korie and convinced that he is a good man. 
I can not recommend this novel enough, and I would like to thank Netgalley for the ARC.
Was this review helpful?
I wasn't sure Tiffany D. Jackson could get any better, but she managed to surpass my expectations. This book was incredible! It was painful to read at times, but so incredibly well done. The narrative structure, with the introduction of Korey's death right at the start of the story, and then all of the flashbacks showing how Enchanted came to be connected to Korey in the first place, kept the suspense level so high, I could not stop reading. The details of the slow, steady, manipulative grooming and steps taken to limit Enchanted's power and confidence were so specific and intentional and terrifying. Jackson does an absolutely masterful job, in this novel as always, crafting a page-turner that is full to the brim with real-world issues and struggles of the world, particularly those that disproportionately impact young girls of color. I will be buying lots of copies of this book and replacing it frequently when kids start checking it out constantly.
Was this review helpful?
This book was absolutely fantastic. I've already added it to our library collection and recommended it to students.
Was this review helpful?
MUST READ RECOMMENDATION: Grown is focused on an adult male and his abuse of power - this is not an easy read by any means but it is a powerful one - it details grooming, abuse, addiction and more. This book grabbed my attention from the get go and held tight through to the very end. Enchanted's story will break your heart and it's for that very reason I consider it a must read.
Was this review helpful?
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with advanced copies of both the book and audiobook. 

This book was a slow read for me, simply because it's heavy and hard subject matter. I switched to the audiobook after the first couple of chapters and I am so glad I did because I think Joniece Abbott-Pratt's reading of the book brought so much to Enchanted's story. It's a powerful story - Tiffany D. Jackson has produced another amazing book. One of my favorite reads and listens of 2020.
Was this review helpful?
Such a timely, heart-wrenching and difficult book. Enchanted is forced to face adulthood before she’s fully matured and the relationships she becomes entangled in implicate the community around her. Tiffany Jackson writes this story in a way that is deeply gripping, making you flip furiously through the pages as you cringe and wish for ways out of hardship for Chanty. It’s certainly a mature book for a YA audience, but an important primer to sexual assault and abuse that will be important in the hands of many students.
Was this review helpful?
Tiffany D. Jackson is becoming one of my favorite authors. Monday's Not Coming is still her best, but this one packs a punch. The story is loosely based on R. Kelly's scandal, but the artistry is in the way the material is handled and in the emotional arc of the story. Going with the YA literature slam bang opening gambit, Ms. Jackson starts the story at the climax: Enchanted Jones comes to, covered in blood, a famous singer lying dead, and she doesn't remember what just happened. With that beginning, how can you not keep reading? 

The story is one of a very young girl, 15 I think, being made a lot of promises by a successful musical artist who somehow convinces her parents to let her go on tour with him. Of course it is all too good to be true, and we soon realize that she is trapped, held against her will really, and being controlled and manipulated by a very sick person who has done this before with other girls. We share her emotional journey of being dazzled by this guy to believing they are in love to being puzzled at his behavior swings to whatever comes after that.

I guess this really brings out the momma bear in me, and I want girls to learn from this and be smart about their choices, especially about promises made by older men. I think I felt the same way about Monday's Not Coming, and I share this desire to protect vulnerable girls from all the dark forces in the world which see them as gullible and expendable. I would like to urge all young ladies to read this book and stay smart. You may think you are grown, and in a lot of ways you are, but be careful out there. Even if you are grown, and smart, this is a pretty good read.
Was this review helpful?
This book was very necessary, I love every minute of it. It was hard to read at times due to the subject but I couldn't put it down. i went thorough  a lot of different emotions reading this book.I would recommend this book to everyone.
Was this review helpful?
I'm always blown away at Jackson's characters, voice, and plot, and this was no exception. Gripping, page-turning, and rich with nuance and depth, this was a delight and a paradigm shift.
Was this review helpful?
Really, really good portrayal of grooming in the music industry. I would highly recommend this to readers, but be cautious of the trigger warnings: grooming, emotional manipulation, pedophilia, sexual assault, rape, child abuse, kidnapping, addiction, revenge porn, suicidal ideation. It's a heavy book, but Tiffany Jackson handled the topic with a lot of care.
Was this review helpful?
This was just overall an amazing story that could be relatable to anyone in any time of this situation.  Jackson does a tremendous job telling a tale and building characters.  I felt I was right there the whole time with Enchanted.
Was this review helpful?
This is a really great book! Tiffany D Jackson writes about so many challenging topics in such a real way. Enchanted is 17, has an amazing voice, a talented swimmer on the school swim team, a member of the Will & Willow organization and the oldest sister responsible for the littles.. Tiffany has dreams and and once she meets Korey Fields at a voice audition she thinks that dreams really do come true. Korey Fields is the biggest thing in music today. Enchanted begins singing with Korey. Soon she finds herself on tour with him. Once away from her family and friends Korey becomes controlling and Enchanted's dream becomes a nightmare. Korey winds up dead and Enchanted is arrested for his murder. The big question is did she kill Korey? Read Grown and find out for yourself.
Was this review helpful?
This was the first book I've read by Tiffany Jackson, but it will definitely not be my last. This novel does not shy away from difficult topics. Enchanted is a strong, amazing, and beautiful character. Harsh, honest, intense and heart-breaking at times, Grown is a must-read. And the cover is breath-taking! I am very excited to see what Tiffany Jackson writes next!
Was this review helpful?
YA 
Tiffany Jackson is an amazing storyteller. There are so many conversations to be had! Why is it always assumed that the victim of a sex crime must’ve done something to imply they were accepting of the abuse?
Was this review helpful?
I still think Allegedly was one of the best books of its year, and Monday's Not Coming was a very good followup book. Tiffany Jackson writes interesting stories and truly thinks about thinks like how the media reports on Black girls. The subject itself is timely and important, but I felt like the execution fell really short--the pacing was off and she set up a few things to be twists that just didn't feel like twists.
Was this review helpful?
I actually couldn't finish this book as I found the subject matter too disturbing (I have a teenage daughter). However, as it is an important book by a well-regarded author I have bought both the book and audiobook for my high school library.
Was this review helpful?
This novel punches you in the gut. There are not enough words to describe the amount of emotions this novel makes you feel. No review would be able to do it justice. 
It is a must read.
Was this review helpful?
Tiffany Jackson put together another mystery that made me question the murder suspect throughout the entire novel. I was engaged from page 1 and could not put this down. The story loosely follows R Kelly’s storyline. Definitely a must read!
Was this review helpful?
Tiffany Jackson does it again.  Her work is always amazing! Can’t wait to see what she publishes next :)
Was this review helpful?