Today on Eli takes forever to post reviews on the blog that have been up on Instagram for almost a month now, we have Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson!
I honestly don’t know what my problem is. I’ve had such a mental block lately when it comes to writing blog posts and book reviews. I can’t promise that’s going to change, but I can tell you about another Jackson jewel.
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Talented girl preyed upon by star.
What Grown is Really About
Korey Fields is dead. When Enchanted Joes wakes with blood on her hands and zero memory of the previous night, no one—the police and Korey’s fans included—has more questions than she does. All she really knows is that this isn’t how things are supposed to be. Korey was Enchanted’s ticket to stardom. Before there was a dead body, Enchanted was an aspiring singer, struggling with her tight knit family’s recent move to she suburbs while trying to find her place as the lone Black girl in high school. But then legendary R&B artis Korey Fields spots her at an audition. And suddenly her dream of being a professional singer takes flight. Enchanted is dazzled by Korey’s luxurious life, but soon her dream turns into a nightmare. Behind Korey’s charm and star power hides a dark side, one that wants to control her every move, with rage and consequences. Except now he’s dead and the police are at the door. Who killed Korey Fields? All signs point to Enchanted.From Goodreads
Why I Read It
I have to admit that I spend more time sleeping on Tiffany D. Jackson’s books than I should. Much like my procrastination in writing blog posts, I procrastinate when it comes to reading certain books, too.
So why did I read it? I read it because I was always going to read it. I read it because I’ve read some of Jackson’s other work and she has a knack for throwing plot twists that leave me not needing a retwist for a long minute (read: they make my head spin; I have locs).
I always appreciate a story I can’t predict. And I think that this one was extra well done, because anyone who’s read Jackson’s other books would know there’s a twist coming and try to anticipate it. That was me. And I was still dead wrong. That’s serious craftsmanship. And I’m totally here for it.
And the sticky note says…
StickyNoteReview for Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson #SNRtbs In true Tiffany D. Jackson form, Grown is a gut punch so well written that I spent the entire novel second guessing my reader instincts. The way she buids Korey’s grooming and manipulation was simultaneously distrubing and the thing that made me want to keep reading.
As someone who has read other books by Jackson, I went in waiting for the twist. Still, every prediction I made was wrong and I didn’t see it coming.
If you’re in the market for SERIOUSLY REALISTIC fiction with a bit of mystery on the side, this one is for you.