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Grown

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I love Tiffany D. Jackson’s books! GROWN has an intriguing structure, opening with a big reveal and then taking the reader back in time to accompany 17-year old Enchanted Jones on her journey from aspiring singer to murder suspect. A stand-out audiobook production of a page-turner with a ripped-from-the-headlines vibe!
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I adore Tiffany D. Jackson and will read absolutely anything that she writes until the end of time!!!

Grown is a story about Enchanted Jones, an aspiring singer who is noticed by the famous Korey Fields at an audition. She is quickly swept up into a brand new lifestyle away from her family on the road to stardom. But, as happens more often than not, things are not always as they seem. Enchanted wakes up one morning with blood on her hands, a dead Korey, and no memory of the previous night...

You think you'll be ready for that Tiffany D. Jackson twist at the end, but you're wrong!
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Anything by Tiffany D. Jackson is an automatic winner in my book. Narrator did a great job projecting MC's emotions and journey.
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A really compelling read that is fully engrossing and hard to step away from. The protagonist's experience is raw and real and moves at a quick pace.
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This was a tough book to read, but unlike other books by Jackson, there came a point when I just wanted the book to end. It was overwhelming and almost suffocating. That is both the book's weakness and its strength.
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This story and audiobook was engaging and addicting.  Tiffany D. Jackson has quickly become one of my favorite authors, she has such diverse characters, and stories.  I'm always immediately hooked into her plots.  I will be recommending this to mature teen readers and adults.  Thank you NetGalley for the advance listening copy.
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While I knew this story covered difficult topics it seemed heavy and graphic for a YA read. This author does a tactful job of making the hard realities of life accessible to young readers. Grown gives readers a lot to consider as life decisions are made.
Depending on the reader, I would recommend 14 and up.
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Tiffany D. Jackson has a superb talent for crafting novels that draw the reader in immediately and 'Grown' is no exception. The message comes through loud and clear as an aspiring singer gets wrapped up in the possibility of success and the charisma of an established performer, mirroring how the powerful can continually take advantage of their position. The narrator is wonderful at bringing Enchanted to life.
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Ok, breath...it what I had to tell myself as I was listening to this novel.  It is my first read by Tiffany D. Jackson and it did not disappoint.  It was very hard to listen to at times and I wanted to scream at Enchanted to run and do not get charmed by Korey and his luxurious life.  As soon as Korey was introduced, I immediately thought of R Kelly and his victims.  You can see how a young girl/woman could get easily manipulated by this type of grooming.  I would caution any readers who are sensitive to emotional manipulation, pedophilia, sexual assault, rape, child abuse, kidnapping, addiction, revenge porn, suicidal ideation as this novel does not shy away from these topics.  I would recommend this novel, with caution, to any YA reader.
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GROWN opens as Enchanted Jones wakes up and finds legendary R&B Star Korey Fields dead next to her, his blood on her hands. The story unfolds in the Now and Then as we learn how a failed audition lands 17 year old Enchanted in the spotlight under the wing of the 32 year old music legend. What starts seemingly harmless quickly progresses into an abusive and predatory relationship that Enchanted can’t escape. She is cut off from everyone that she loves and it turns out the princess actually has to save herself in this one. Once I really started reading GROWN, I couldn’t stop! Riveting.
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Grown is a hypnotizing story of a young girl trying to be a star, who gets mislead and mistreated by an older celebrity. Reminiscent of R. Kelly and Weinstein, Jackson weaves together a story of love, anger, and fear into a lesson about vulnerability.
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This books is disturbing, well-written, and deserves to be talked about. 
Enchanted has a dream of being a music star and when she meets a famous idol, she thinks this is her break. As Korey begins to mentor her their relationship becomes less and less professional. Soon Enchanted knows that she is in over her head, but is unsure she has anyone that can help her.
Told in flashbacks from the present this novel explores exploitation, trafficking, and what it means to be "grown".
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Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson had to be one of the most uncomfortable reads of 2020 for me. That said, it should be required reading. With similar veins to the true life stories of survivors of singer R. Kelly's abuse. Grown follows Enchanted Jones, an aspiring singer, as she's discovered by platinum artist Korey Fields and her dreams of fame begin to unfold up to the murder of Fields for which she is a prime suspect. What is so powerful about Jackson's title is how she paints exactly how easy it is for young people to fall prey to predators like Fields and get trapped in incredibly dangerous situations they can't escape, even with help. Joniece Abbott-Pratt's narration for the audiobook captures the hopes and fears put forth by Jackson wonderfully for a haunting listen.
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After having read Monday’s Not Coming, I thought I would be prepared for Jackson’s narrative twists and her ability to fully submerse readers in the story. I was wrong in the best way. Jackson’s language is not only beautiful, it captures your attention and makes the story come to life. Her characters are flawed but learn, the plot dynamic and believable, and the themes so very important and easy to connect to the world around us.
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Wow! This book makes you think about the ugly side of mega-stardom. What happens when a very rich, charming, and talented man uses that power, in the guise of charity and mentor ship, to feed his own desires? How easy is it for a girl to lose herself in the games he plays and the glitzy, glamorous cage he pits her in? What is real? Who really cares? How will she escape him? Suspenseful and frighteningly believable since it seems to have been ripped straight from recent headlines! Definitely a worthy addition to any young adult collection.
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I wanted to like this book much more than I actually liked it. The basic premises of the book being an exploration of abuse done by men of power but I didn’t feel like that is the book we got. This book was part of an exploration of women’s role in society and part a confused narrative that needed a little more direction. Enchanted’s experience with Korey is chilling and very realistic filled with important messages that teen girls need to read. However, there is another part of this book that felt like it had an identity crisis. What is the mystery? Why is there a weird gaslighting storyline that isn’t actually a gaslighting storyline? Why doesn’t Enchanted fully tell people what happened to her? Why didn’t I ever really care for Enchanted? Grown had the potential to be a powerful commentary on society however its message got muddled in the meandering narrative.
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3.75 stars. It was a little too heavy-handed at times and it was hard for me to feel like I really knew Corey. It was also hard to follow when everything was going down at Corey’s place. The premise is intriguing, but there were mature thematic elements that made it inaccessible for many teens and school libraries. Some elements were also explained away too easily or dealt with in too basic of a way.
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This was an absolutely fantastic examination of the abuse and erasure Black women face not only in the music industry, but in every day life. Parts of this story were so hard to listen to, and it's heartbreaking to know actual teenage girls suffered this kind of abuse. Tiffany D. Jackson has a way of writing main characters that you just fall in love with and sympathize with; my heart broke throughout the story when Enchanted was gaslighted by everyone around her and made to believe that she was "going crazy."
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This book is different. It illustrates how young black women are overly sexualized from a young age. Jackson, also illustrates how isolating it is to date someone who is older and controlling. The narrative is extremely relatable. Many young girls will see their expiriences and the expiriences of their friends here. This is necessary reading for all young women.
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For anyone who has loved all of Tiffany D Jackson's books, you will continue that love with this book! Enchanted Jones wants to be a singer as she gets to the end of her high school career. As a big time R&B artist comes around, he starts to win Enchanted over.  She learns real quick though that being a singer and being a part of the business isn't all that she thought it would be.  Being on the road, making decisions all on her own proves to be tough but as things start to get scary and unsafe, who can Enchanted turn to? She's away from home and doesn't feel as though she has her voice anymore as she starts to see another side of Korey Fields. This book will keep you interested from the first page to the last!
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