Inspired by the R. Kelly Case, the New YA Novel GROWN Shines a Light on Predatory Behavior and the Biases Faced by Young Black Women

Ric Speaks with the Critically Acclaimed, Award-Winning Author
Tiffany D. Jackson 

“Tiffany D. Jackson has penned a riveting, powerful love story to Black girlhood and a haunting reminder of the ways in which their innocence is often stolen. Remarkable, suspenseful, and gut-wrenching, Grown is a masterfully told story that stays with you long after you put it down.”—Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give and On the Come Up

While the MeToo movement has gained steam and highlighted horrific abuse in the entertainment industry, stories like the documentary Surviving R. Kelly show that when the victims are women of color, specifically Black women, there is still not nearly enough attention paid. In the new YA novel Grown, Enchanted Jones is an aspiring singer, struggling with her family’s move to the suburbs while trying to find her place as the lone Black girl in high school. When legendary R&B artist Korey Fields spots her at an audition, 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 as Korey’s charm and star power hides a dark side, one that wants to control her every move, with rage and consequences.

Tiffany D. Jackson is the critically acclaimed author of Allegedly, Monday’s Not Coming, and Let Me Hear a Rhyme. A Walter Dean Myers Honor Book and Coretta Scott King John Steptoe New Talent Award winner, she received her Bachelor of Arts in film from Howard University, her Master of Arts in media studies from the New School, and has more than a decade in TV/Film experience.

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