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?
Title : Allegedly
Author : Tiffany D. Jackson
Format : eBook (overdrive)
Page Count : 394
Genre : YA contemporary
Publisher : Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date : January 24, 2017
Reviewer : Hollis
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Hollis’ 4 star review
Wow, that ending..
So, here’s a book I went into completely blind. I had absolutely no idea, whatsoever, what this was going to be about. No context, no themes, nothing but the title and that haunting cover. And wow.
Hard to celebrate the day you were born when everybody seems to wish you were never born at all.
This book is tough to read. We follow our main character as she navigates, and tries to survive, life in a group home after years in isolation within the prison system, after being charged with a crime at the young age of nine. Now sixteen, she’s dealing not only with her past, which has dictated her present, but the thoughts of future and what that looks like. Not to mention some added complications..
Mary was such a compelling character. Her strength, her determination, her resilience, in the face of so much tragedy, so much horror, was remarkable. She was smart for someone who knew so little of the world after having missed so much, but also, obviously, so unaware of so much. But not quite naive. She’d been saddled with a complicated life before everything changed forever and after..? Unreal.
“.. yo, you realize if you were white, you wouldn’t even be in this shit? They would’ve said you were one of those crazy white kids, like the ones who shoot up schools and shit, and sent your ass back home!“
The host of characters in this group home made this book a very real, very uncomfortable, read. There were times I had to look away, just for a few seconds, and take a breath. Jackson infused elements of this story with a very real sense of dread, of trepidation, and with such.. simple writing. I don’t mean, like, unintelligent but there was nothing flowery or overly descriptive. And yet you felt it all.
I’m not about to spoil or hint at what else you’re in for. But I definitely think you should pick this book up. I have both of Jackson’s other books on my TBR and you can bet your butt I’ll be bumping them up to be read very soon.