Allegedly by Tiffany D Jackson
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?
I love Tiffany Jackson’s books, so I have no idea why it took me so long to read Allegedly. I regret that since I couldn’t put the book down.
This is definitely a heavy book. There are a lot of topics that are hard to read. But it’s also such a great book and I definitely recommend it to those who can read books like this.
Mary is a sixteen year old living in a group home. She allegedly killed a baby when she was nine years old. Mary wouldn’t talk about it for a long time, but she opened up and said she was innocent. The book includes articles and does go back in time so we can see the story develop. Tiffany Jackson is great with twists and this book is no exception. Mary is extremely smart and is studying for her SATs. She works at a nursing home where she met Ted, her boyfriend. She can’t tell anyone about him since she’s 16 and he’s 18. They hide their relationship the best they can. When Mary ends up pregnant, she refuses to say who the father is. She just wants to have her family and a college degree. But things never go well for Mary. It starts with her abusive mother. Then there are the other girls at the home. They abuse Mary and the people running it ignore it. Mary makes a friend that encourages her to tell her story and possibly get a new trial. It’s the only way Mary can keep her baby.
As I mentioned above, the book is dark and heavy. The story of Mary slowly comes out by the end of the book. There are definitely some shocking moments.
I gave this book 5 stars.
Warnings for physical abuse, sexual abuse, teen pregnancy, mention of suicide, brutal death of an animal, racism and homophobic slurs, infant death, and a look at how children are treated in group homes.
Have you read Allegedly? Have you read anything else by Tiffany Jackson?