Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
Published January 24th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary, Mystery
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 churchgoing 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?
There was so much hype surrounding this book, especially among my circle of friends. Danica of The Hogsmeade Reader also recommended this to me, so why not give it a shot. She also made her own review of this book, and if you’re interested in what she has to say you can go check it out here.
Mary as a character sometimes confused me. She’s supposed to be smart, and her intellect is shown in the book, but at times I forget that she’s sixteen. Her thoughts can tend to be so childlike at times. I don’t know if this was intended or not, but I thought that was cool. It kind of shows the effect.
I won’t say much about this cause this is one of those books that when I say something about the plot that it might reveal too much and ruin the fun for everyone. It was pretty good though, I found myself even sympathizing with the protagonist at some point. There were scenes that kept me on the edge of my seat, and I loved the characters.
The ending was a bit underwhelming for me, and it did feel a bit rushed as there were a lot of loose ends. I also think that the big plot twist didn’t affect me as much anymore after reading a few books that follow the same pattern. Overall though, it was pretty dark and gripping, and something I’d recommend. Go check it out!