Allegedly by Tiffany D Jackson
Published by Katherine Tegen Books
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller/Suspense
Source: Personal Collection
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Mary B. Addison killed a baby.
Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a church-going black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say.
Mary survived six years in baby jail before being dumped in a group home. The house isn’t really “home”—no place where you fear for your life can be considered a home. Home is Ted, who she meets on assignment at a nursing home.
There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary must find the voice to fight her past. And her fate lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But who really knows the real Mary?
In this gritty and haunting debut, Tiffany D. Jackson explores the grey areas in our understanding of justice, family, and truth, and acknowledges the light and darkness alive in all of us. - via GoodReads
I’m not even going to lie, I picked up Allegedly by Tiffany D Jackson because of all the hype. During my self imposed exile on the periphery of the bookish community Allegedly was constantly coming up. The story line was right up my alley and I thought why not? I ended up pulling a binge read and purchasing the book on my Kindle for easier reading.
I could not put this book down! It was so good and I had to know what happened. I was rooting for Mary the whole way. She was a sympathetic character and I wanted her to make the best of her situation. She had a mountain to climb and it was a joy to watch it all unfold. When the action really kicked up I couldn’t put it down because “Did that seriously just happen!? You have got to be kidding me!” Its hard to talk about the plot without giving things away and I really think it best to go in blind. Seriously, if you haven’t read it yet find a copy and come back to this review later!
I liked Mary a lot but I also felt like the characters surrounding her only added to the story. I happily loathed the people standing in Mary’s way. I despised her mother and the employees of the state. I felt like there were a lot of people making decisions for Mary without much thought or care to her wants. I enjoyed some of the girls in the group home with Mary. Others I found down right terrifying. I found myself rooting for the girls that I liked in the group home.On Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson: Did that seriously just happen!? You have got to be kidding… Click To Tweet
Allegedly left me waffling on how I felt about it. If you read it you probably know what I mean. I felt like I sat there with a stunned and stupid look on my face for about an hour after reading it. I had to shake it off and I even took a few days before I wrote my review notes. It took some time to digest. I am absolutely glad that I read the book but it left me with a queasy feeling in my stomach. I have a feeling if I re-read it, things would look differently. I am definitely going to read whatever Tiffany D Jackson puts out next!