Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Grown by: Tiffany D. Jackson

Author: Tiffany D. Jackson
Published: September 2020
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Rating: 5/5
Korey Fields is dead.

When Enchanted Jones 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 the suburbs while trying to find her place as the lone Black girl in high school. But then legendary R&B artist 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.

Okay, I'm going to start off by saying this was definitely one of my FAVOURITE books that I read for 2020. I know I'm like a couple years behind posting this review, but I could NOT. STOP. READING!

Have you ever been so engulfed in a book that you actually have to force yourself to slow down and savor it, because you know if you binge the damn thing in one afternoon, you'll be left there with a major book hangover, wondering what TF to read next?!

That was me.

I even lent this book to a co-worker of mine when I was working at my last job, and she read the thing in one sitting too, and said the same damn thing I did... 

This story was seriously so raw, powerful and had me on the edge of my seat, flipping the pages as fast as my eyes could read! It is a page turner 100%! You can really tell that Enchanted was battling so much after meeting Korey, and this story shows exactly how she wound up in that hotel room with bloody hands and no memory of the night before.

I'm gonna leave this one quote here to really sum up this book because *chefs kiss* this was amazing!

"But boyfriends shouldn't lock their girlfriends up like prisoners."

I seriously hope that this book gets turned into a movie, because I could see the whole thing being played out in my head. It's so easy to be a person on the outside saying "Just leave him." or "It's not worth it." but you never truly understand until you're in that position, and Jackson shows this.

The authors note at the end got me too, but I'll leave that for you to read on your own as well.

Overall, this was by far my favourite read for 2020. Again, I know I'm behind on posting this review, but damn... it was so good! Grown is a book you NEED to pick up and read. It doesn't matter if you're an adult or a teenager, this was fast paced, emotional, powerful and eye opening. Topics that generally get very little attention or swept under the rug, Jackson hit the nail on the head with them! Even two years later, I'm still thinking about this story, and oh so ready to re-read it!

That's all for my review of Grown, I hope you enjoyed it!

So until the next time, keep reading!

Your Graduated Bookworm! :)

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