I've been reading a lot lately. I found this thing? You may have heard of? Called THE LIBRARY? Dude, at the library, they just HAND YOU BOOKS FOR FREE. I know, it sounds insane, but it's TRUE.
But while I've been reading a lot (probably 20 books in the last three months), I haven't come across too many books that I really loved. I've returned two without finishing them, and I've plodded through others just to see what happens at the end. Of course, I've enjoyed a lot of them, too. But I loved this book, more than any other book I've read in the last six months. It's not a heavy read, either - I'm not sure I'd call it a BEACH read (it's not fluffy) - it's just a great story that's really well written and engrossing.
A Grown-up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson, $15.05 at Amazon.com
The story centers around a 15-year-old high school girl named Mosey; her mother, Liza, who has suffered a debilitating stroke; and Liza's mother (Mosey's grandmother), who they both affectionately call Big. The plot surrounds a tiny grave Mosey unearths in the backyard - I won't say more than to tell you it's a mystery with a really gratifying ending, and that I really appreciated the depth and believability of each character. This is the first book I've ever read by Joshilyn Jackson, but I'm looking forward to reading another.
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