Grown by Tiffany D Jackson
In Grown, a book about a talented young singer whose big chance to succeed comes at a price, Tiffany D. Jackson reminds readers that the conflicting pressures we put on teenage girls can have disastrous consequences.
Enchanted Jones is used to attention. As one of the few black students at elite Parkwood High School, her presence is ‘distracting’. Enchanted works hard at home and at school, but music is the passion that drives her. When legendary R&B artist Korey Fields singles her out at an audition, she is flattered – more than flattered – by the attention and validation. When Korey invites Enchanted to leave her chaotic family behind to join him on tour, she jumps at the chance. But life on the road is anything but a dream, and Enchanted’s happily-ever-after turns out to be a horror story of control, abuse and torment.
Grown is raw and unflinching. It exposes the conflicting messages and misogyny at the heart of rape culture, which are further complicated by race and privilege, and interrogates the abuse of power and celebrity – a not- so-subtle nod to notable pop-culture incidents. Jackson’s writing is lyrical and compelling, and will be devoured by fans of The Hate U Give. For ages 14+.