Allegedly by Tiffany D JacksonAllegedly by Tiffany D Jackson


byTiffany D Jackson

Hardcover | January 24, 2017

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4 starred reviews!

Orange Is the New Black meets Walter Dean Myer’s Monster in this gritty, twisty, and haunting debut by Tiffany D. Jackson about a girl convicted of murder seeking the truth while surviving life in a group home.

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?

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’s fate now lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But does anyone know the real Mary?

Title:AllegedlyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.25 inPublished:January 24, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062422642

ISBN - 13:9780062422644


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! This book was a great look into not only the mind of a child charged with a serious crime, but also at the issues of class, race, and the justice system in general. Jackson's writing gives this book an incredible edge, really making you feel the danger and desperation faced by Mary throughout her life. And although the characters endure truly terrible things throughout the novel, it always feels believable, which is a credit to the writer. This book would have been a five star read if not for the ending. It felt like a cheap twist to play with the reader's emotions in a way that didn't fit with the rest of the story and really left me unhappy with the conclusion. With that being said however, it is still a great book that I would definitely recommend. Also take note of a trigger warning for child abuse, murder, graphic violence, sexual abuse, and one truly horrific (and in my opinion unnecessary) instance of animal abuse.
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! It's hard to put this book down because you want answers and justice for poor Mary. It shines a light on how messed up the system is for children, especially those who need more help and guidance for what they're going through or have been through. it deals with mental illness, race and the unjust world we live in. Even though they always ruin it, they should seriously make this into a movie!
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Movie material Mary, the main character in this book is so believable, i felt sorry for her throughout the entire book. I I loved this read, and couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The ending ruined the book for me Most themes were poignant and handled well with the exception of race and mental illness. Mary challenges the idea of "people losing their shit because of a white baby dying", yet she has the most racist thoughts directed at an Indian-descent woman. I was baffled that she was never challenged in her much narrowed view especially in a book that tackles race and criminality. Mental illness in Mary's mother was handled like shit and frankly, the lack of sensitive representation, especially considering the ending, disturbed me. Her mother was portrayed as "INSANE" instead of sick. These parts were not well-done in my opinion.
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I was on board with Mary's story right up until the end and I liked the small twists and turns along the way. Mary is accused of killing a baby and now lives out her teenage years in a group home. Her tumultuous relationship with her mother and her secretive companionship with Ted added depth to the book. Mary was a believable narrator, but that just goes to show you how easily lies are told.
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sad, dark, disturbing...all the feels here Wow. That was a dark and disturbing read. This author is quite impressive with how she can manipulate our emotions the way she has. I felt so many emotions while reading this, and it was a very quick read too because I couldn't put it down. In fact it's not quite 2:30 a.m. and I've been reading for hours! That ending was disappointing, and yet now that I've read seems right somehow. Read it, and be ready for some strong emotions!
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page Turned I read this book in a day because I simply couldn't put it down. Interesting plot with dynamic characters. You can't help but feel for the poor girl when nothing seems to go her way. However I found the ending quite rushed.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark, Crazy Story The only word I can use to describe this book is Crazy. Crazy characters, crazy plot. The plot kept going in different directions, not sure if I like that or not. Trigger warning thought, there is child and some animal abuse in the story.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Powerfully heart-wrenching depiction of the foster care/group home system The obvious theme in my 2017 reading picks so far has been negligent guardians, and I feel like the universe is berating me for not appreciating the extravagant love and nurturing that my own parents have given me. Allegedly was a powerfully heart-wrenching depiction of the foster care/group home system. It was also simultaneously a story about a once-small girl accused of murdering a 3-month-old baby. But for me, the conviction aspect played such a small supporting role in regards to the narrative-I couldn't bring myself to care about if it was true or not, nor the tangled web it weaved. Mary B. Addison is a child killer. At least that's what we're told she's in for. "In" being a group home with at least 4-5 other girls, which follows a stint in "baby jail" (as Mary lovingly referred to it as). And I say "4-5 girls" because I was never really sure. The author had a lot to offer when it came to heart-tugging scenes, but side character development suffered in this novel. I was never able to differentiate the multiple voices-their tones, grammar, and expletives all blending into one. It wasn't until a couple of them were singled out for a specific disagreement or interaction with Mary that I took an interest. Scattered throughout the novel were excerpts of past and present interviews with child psychologists, police inspectors, cell mates, and the deceased baby's mother. It was meant to build an element of doubt, or belief, or both if you will. All it resulted in for me was a frustrating, and sometimes repetitive, interruption to a story that I was otherwise enjoying. The conclusion of Allegedly was without fanfare and for me, was another unnecessary addition. It veered slightly to the right of the ongoing plot, but just SLIGHTLY. I felt like the author was going for a more gut-punch "twist", but it was more like pulling aside the curtain and finding a little old man instead of an awe-inspiring green-headed giant (just a little Wizard of Oz reference for ya). I think I morphed the intended genre for this book into another one entirely, and that suited me just fine. I look forward to seeing what this author tries their hand at next. For readers who enjoy: Far, Far Away by Tom McNeal, The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson, mental health issues in fiction, contemporary, mystery.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SHOOK This book had be SHOOK. Its easy to read, and there's a twist at the end that blew my mind. If you're a Orange is the New Black fan, you'll love this!
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Bought it blind, was not disappointed.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark, gritty, and important work of and for POC. Dark and different and great to see POC writers tackling real, gritty POC issues. I think more publishers should be supporting black writers writing about the black experience, especially in terms of persecution in modern day society.
Date published: 2017-02-12

Editorial Reviews

“Tiffany Jackson’s timely and chilling debut will haunt you for a long time. An extraordinary new voice.”