Grown is ripped-from-the-headlines Young Adult fiction from Tiffany D. Jackson.
Seventeen-year-old high school student, Enchanted Jones, awakens covered in blood with no memory of what has occurred. Her dream of being a professional singer has gone all wrong. She was ecstatic when esteemed R&B singer, Korey Fields, acknowledged her and became her mentor, that is, until she met the other Korey. Her role model has a “dark” side. Now, Korey is dead and the police are banging at the door. Her hopes and dreams are dead too. Her promising life has imploded.
Grown is my introduction to Tiffany D. Jackson, and I am impressed with her social commentary. The story alternates between the present and the recent past: Now and Then. This writing technique is especially impactful here. Enchanted is every Black girl with a dream. She is the embodiment of many societal ills. Her story is the hidden burden placed upon many women, but is even more prevalent and devastating for women of color, especially young women and girls. Those without a voice, at least without one that’s heard and believed. Serious issues are explored in this novel. Reality is exposed. Eyes and minds will be opened. I was shattered but couldn’t put it down. I am compelled to rate this novel 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to all readers of Young Adult fiction and anyone who enjoys a good suspense novel.
My thanks to HarperCollins Children’s Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
Publication Date: September 15, 2020