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An instant New York Times best seller!

"Grown exposes the underbelly of a tough conversation, providing a searing examination of misogynoir, rape culture, and the vulnerability of young black girls. Groundbreaking, heart-wrenching, and essential reading for all in the #MeToo era." (Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times best-selling author of The Belles)

Award-winning author Tiffany D. Jackson delivers another riveting, ripped-from-the-headlines mystery that exposes horrific secrets hiding behind the limelight and embraces the power of a young woman’s voice.

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.

"Never have I read a story that so flawlessly hits the highest high and lowest low notes of Black girlhood in pursuit of the American Dream." (Nic Stone, New York Times best-selling author of Dear Martin and Jackpot)

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©2020 Tiffany D. Jackson (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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or so she thought

Grown or better yet thinking she was grown. This book made me think of the R. Kelly situation. This Grown ass man, a celebrity Corey Fields(28 year old) started preying in this 17 year old aspiring singer, Enchanted. I mean the welfare checks, heavily videoed, and locked up houses. This pedophile snuck to hang out with her, showed her parents that he was interested in her music career. I mean the whole grooming thang. But he was like jekyll and Hyde. He raped her, made her stay in a heated room, pee in a bucket, took her phone so she couldn't contact her family or friends. Moved her to Atlanta away from Philadelphia where the age of consent was 17, avoiding her parents phone calls. He treated her like a possession and dared her to do anything without his permission, I mean eat, sleep, drink, pee, and talk. These young girls think they're grown or that things are so bad but have no idea what or who's out there. He made her think her parents didn't want her and just wanted his money. He ended up having a house full of girls. Telling them they're a big family, they're sisters. And that God would allow him to have multiple wives. Sick bastard. When caught he releases a gospel album as though it would erase all the bad things. All kinds of girls come out the woods, payoffs, suicide, and much more. This book is crazy. The details made me think it was about R.Kelly especially him not being able to read, and how everyone around him aided in his foolishness, him being married, to the older woman taking his virginity. The media blaming the girls, and his bad childhood, whew. The only thing is that one of the girls didn't kill him, instead he's in jail. #Book38of2020 #bookworm #whatsnext

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Hype...

She consistently says this is not about R. Kelly, which feels like an insult to the reader’s intelligence. This smells exploity. Those poor girls went through so much and now, after having to endure the fallout from the documentary, an almost identical version of that horror is being sold for “awareness”. The narrator seemed like she was trying really hard to sound young. Wished there were male voices included to provide some variation of tone.

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A Girl’s Introduction To Inappropriateness

I loved this book. It was guide, a caution manual and the author didn’t even know it. She captured the mindset of a innocent 17 year old girl perfectly. Enchanted was a sweet Disney movie, romanticizing, green and gullible as ever girl who was manipulated by an adult under her parents nose because she was watched but never warned or educated on age dynamics and inappropriate conversations. This book helped me to realize what kind of conversations I should have with my loved ones about adult interaction and what’s cool and what’s not. How if am adult needs you they should contact me! How wicked people can be and how money will make other support them even in their wicked ways. This book upset me but informed me because I was wondering how this was happening. Especially to girls like Enchanted who seem protected. Great Read!

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It Tried. It Really Did.

There were a lot of really important themes that were touched on in this book, but that is a part of the issue. The book probably should have been at least 50-100 pages longer to properly address all the themes it touched on in passing. There needed to be more development. Instead, the story was rushed and messy.
It was also nonsensical. I understand having to move the plot along, but how ignorant can some parents be? It's as if they were literally born yesterday.
And some plot points were completely unnecessary and should have been reworked, namely the Gabby character. She was absolutely random for no reason.
Meh.

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Loved it!

I’ve read all of Tiffany D. Jackson’s books and Grown did not disappoint. This novel was emotional and authentic. It captured my attention from start to finish. I loved everything about it. Grown is a timely read and I can’t wait to recommend it to others.

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If you’ve read Allegedly you won’t be surprised. If you haven’t then it’s a 4 star read.

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Great storytelling

This was a very well told story! I'm gobbling up all her books! Need More!

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I dnf

at some point I fell asleep and missed details and didnt wanna continue. oh well cant like them all or whatever.

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it's just ok.

I'm guessing the content of the story was supposed to be realistic. which is primarily why I like the book, but that's it..

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Eh...

While this story is very common in our world, it is hard not to hear/see R. Kelly's allegations throughout the book. I've stopped and started several times because it's enough to piss you off all over again. I kept imagining those faces of different girls that came forward for interviews trying to place a face with this story. It's very much like a Coming Out of Kelly's Closet Confessional. The very end is when the author informs her audience that it is NOT in connection to R. Kelly, but chiiile by then we can't un-see it. She does offer a twist in which many may have wished his story would've really came to the light.
I definitely wish I would've started elsewhere first bc Ive got so many other great Black authors on my list, she's now gotta wait on my TBR and suggested list. I'd love to read some of her other works to get a feel for her skills and creativity as an author because it's hard to get that from this particular book w/it being closely aligned to a story we've all heard before. Have you read any of her previous works? Please suggest HER BEST to redeem from this here. No cruel intentions just that we've heard it all before.

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  • 12-24-21

A story that Black girls’ lives matter

What a beautiful dedication to all the Black girls who are not believed and what a beautiful reminder to all the Black girls that their lives matter. That we believe you. I am incredibly moved & thankful for this book.

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Dive with Enchanted

The sea metaphors in this book are perfection. It’s a difficult book to read because of the theme but the protagonist is so likeable and relatable that you want to dip your feet into the water with her.

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WOW

AMAZING
The narrator needs an Oscar!
terrifying how real this story is, and how critical we are of women, especially Black women. I cringed, cried, felt ill, guilty... what a nightmare knowing what these girls went through. brilliantly writen