I finished reading Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson last weekend, but needed some time to process the story before writing a review. This book had me reeling, and I had to collect myself and my thoughts after finishing it.
The story follows seventeen year old Enchanted Jones, who dreams of one day being a professional singer. After auditioning at a contest, she meets 28-year old Korey Fields, who is an international R&B singer and performer. During their brief interaction, he sneaks his number into her phone and texts himself. Enchanted thinks all her dreams are about to come true, but it’s the complete opposite.
Their conversations start off as seemingly innocent, but quickly get out of hand. However, Enchanted is completely enamored, and follows his advice to keep their conversations a secret. This is obviously a big red flag, but she doesn’t realize until it’s too late.
There are many trigger warnings for this book (including grooming, sexual assault, and abuse), and readers should absolutely check them out before picking up this book. The story is unfortunately not unique, but that doesn’t make it any less difficult to read about.
Grown is an incredibly powerful story, but I completely understand how some people may find it difficult or impossible to read given the subject matter. There are also elements of a thriller and psychological suspense woven in as well.
Thank you Harper Collins Canada and HCC Frenzy for a copy of this book! It was a solid 5/5 stars from me, and I encourage others to find #ownvoices reviews of this book as well. Grown came out on September 15, 2020, and can be purchased wherever books are sold.