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‘Grown’ by Tiffany D. Jackson

This book was… harrowing.

Absolutely harrowing.

The first thing you need to do going into this book is HEED THE TRIGGER WARNINGS.

I can’t stress this enough. It’s so important that you heed those warnings. This book is extremely triggering.

I started listening to this on Scribd and was instantly hooked. In the first chapter of the book, you are in the present, where Korey Fields is found dead (not a spoiler). Who is Korey Fields you ask? That is for you to find out.

I went into this book semi-blind, I knew the trigger warnings but not the synopsis. I enjoyed the writing soooo much.

I don’t know how TDJ was able to bring out so many different emotions from me. I cried, felt elated and wanted to kill someone(s), all in the span of 384 pages.

I read this book in 4 hours flat and felt absolutely no way about doing so. Scribd only lets you go up to 2x the audiobook speed, I felt myself getting frustrated because when I listen to audiobooks and follow along at the same time, I sometimes read faster than the audiobook speed itself.

I gave up on the audiobook an hour in and tore through those pages like no one’s business.

This book, without revealing too much, makes you want to stand up for any girl, any woman, any BLACK girl or woman, who has ever been abused or preyed on.

I hated Korey, hated Korey so so so much. I wanted to scream and hate Enchanted but the more I read this book, the more I realised that Enchanted could be any of us. ANYONE OF US.

If you’ve ever watched Surviving R. **lly. You’ll know how this book is just as harrowing as that documentary, my God. This happens in real life and these girls are not protected at all.

I urge you to read it, just read it. You will get your elation, but you will suffer to get that elation. 

Synopsis:

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.

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