Book Reviews

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Mary B. Addison was convicted of murdering a three month old baby when she was 9 years old. When interviewed she didn’t really say much if anything at all, so she was convicted in the media before the courts declared the black girl of killing a white baby. After 6 years in baby jail Mary is now in a group home pregnant by her older boyfriend Ted who is living in a male group home and on parole as well. Once its out that she is pregnant the state threatens to take her baby away so she has to rely on the person that is the least dependable and distrusting person she knows – her mother. As the truth comes out about out Mary and her mother so does the truth about the murder.

WOW just WOW – was my first reaction after reading this book. I was literally at a loss for words. It took me two weeks to come back and write this review because like I previously said I was at a loss for words. I mean Tiffany took me on a journey with Mary. I was pulled in immediately and I just remembered thinking OMG poor Mary. Every time you turned around something was happening to Mary. I mean here you have this 16 year old girl who says she’s innocent and no one will listen. Mary didn’t speak for herself when she was 9 so no one heard her side of the alleged murder. She was forced into solitary confinement because her case was a high profile case, at home she was forced medication she didn’t need because her mothers boyfriend wanted to control her, she was almost sexually abused, and neglected by her mentally ill mother. I mean it was a lot and all before she was 10 years old.

My heart broke for Mary, every time she was bullied, and every time she said she was innocent I got angrier and angrier. Tiffany D. Jackson drove me crazy dragging out telling us Mary’s side of the story. There were like two times Mary told the story to someone and Tiffany ended the chapter or gave us a page break and I was like what when are you going to tell me what happened lol but it helped keep my attention that’s for sure. When Mary’s side of the story was finally told I just wanted something horrible to happen to her mother for the way she treated Mary. I mean Mary begged her mother to tell the truth and she cared more about herself and how others would look at her over her daughter, it was really sad! The last chapter had my stuck with my jaw to the floor, I literally had to read it twice because I was like wait I know Tiffany is not saying what I think she is saying lol.

I like how Tiffany D. Jackson put snippets from Mary’s case file in the story giving us the professionals perspective on the case. This was another great Tiffany D. Jackson read, sis does not disappoint at all. She knows how to pull us in and drop a great plot twist on us causing our jaws to drop. Great read.

Categories: Book Reviews, Young Adult

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