Book Reviews

Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Enchanted is a seventeen year old looking to pursue a music career. Her pursuit to chase her dreams leads her to an audition where she meets R&B singer Korey Fields who says he wants to mentor her and help her with her career. To Enchanted Koreys offer sounds like a dream come true, only problem is she doesn’t know the real man she is dealing with. When Korey ends up dead Enchanted is the number one suspect.

This book perfectly laid out how grown men prey on teenage girls who don’t know any better. Enchanted felt stuck in a situation where she couldn’t purse her dream, her parents wanted her to put singing aside to go to college, she was the oldest so she had to help with her siblings, she had swimming, and a lack of people she felt supported her, which all made it easier on Korey to manipulate her. She also had a lack of teenage male attention so when Korey showed interest she fell hard.

As I read through this book the signs were clear to me but being a teen like Enchanted once before I saw how she ignored the signs, It was so sad to read this type of story. At times I was yelling at Enchanted like girl can’t you see he is manipulating you but again I knew she didn’t. There was a time or two when she starts to see his manipulation but made excuses for it. Korey was good, I mean good, homeboy knew how to prey on a vulnerable young woman to get what he wanted.

I was so happy when Enchanted finally started to wake up and see Korey for who he was. When she finally decided to leave him I was on the edge of my seat like girl please speak up NOW. The trauma she went through was so heartbreaking and the after affect were ever more devastating to read.

The book flips back and forth from the present to the past but the past was the main focus in the first half of the book to build Enchanted’s story and how she got involved with Korey. The second half gave more of the present to walk us through the case and determining who killed Korey. Again I thought I had it all figured out but as usual Tiffany dropped a last minute plot twist literally on the last page and had my jaw to the floor.

I literally sat staring at the wall for a good two minutes after reading this book. I couldn’t even formulate a word to describe my initial reaction. Like Monday’s Not Coming and Allegedly this is an emotional read but a necessary read. I highly recommend all teenage girls read this book, there is so much that can be learned from this read particularly the red flags an abuser and manipulator exhibits. I think this book can help young girls rethink certain situations and again be a guide on things to look out for when dealing with abusive men. This was an amazing story that kept me engaged from page one.

Categories: Book Reviews, Young Adult

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