Every fifteen years, trouble comes to the Slocumb family. The last two times, it has been unwanted pregnancies -- now, after the Liza has a stroke, there are new issues. When bones are found in their backyard, Liza is the only one who knows the whole story, but is unable to communicate with the outside world. As all three generations suddenly have new worries, they begin keeping secrets from one another, each knowing parts of the story and trying to piece things together on her own.
Told in alternating chapters between the three women, A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty outlines a unique view of family, the effects of addiction, and relationships. The flashbacks describing pieces of the past as well as the mystery surrounding the family kept the story intriguing. The chapters from Liza's point of view gave a window past the effects of her stroke, which I found especially interesting.