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When Mary, a teenager living in a group home, becomes pregnant, authorities take another look at the crime for which Mary was convicted when she was nine years old.
Publisher: New York : Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017
ISBN: 9780062422644
Characteristics: 387 p. ; 22 cm


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cals_readers Jun 12, 2018

Mary Addison from Tiffany D. Jackson’s Allegedly went to jail for killing a baby in her mother’s care when she was nine. Now, she’s got two more years to serve before getting out of her group home, and she wants the truth about her childhood crime to surface. But is Mary a reliable witness? Is s... Read More »

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Jun 01, 2019

Ok so without spoiling the major twist that happens in the last 10 pages, all I will say is that there is a twist that happens at the end that is unexpected. It took away a lot of the emotional connection I had made to the protagonist and felt like a strange way to end such an in-depth character study. While I am all for a YA novel with an unreliable narrator, I would have liked a few more chapters explaining the way this twist impacted the rest of the book and shaped the choices the protagonist made.

ArapahoeKati May 20, 2019

I skipped breakfast so I could keep reading this and I kept thinking about even while on vacation! Very compelling, well-written novel.

Apr 09, 2019

This was a fantastic story to listen to - beautifully narrated, the characters’ personalities shine through. With a title like ‘Allegedly’, you know you are going to have some revelations and surprises through the book, and the way they are presented and revelealed is superb. Mary Addison *allegedly* killed the baby ... but what’s the real story?

Mar 28, 2019

This was hands-down one of my favourite books! It was hard to put down! I recommend it for you if you are interested.

Cynthia_N Oct 03, 2018

Hard to put down! Mary was found guilty of killing a baby when she, herself, was just a young child. She spent years in juvenile detention and is now living in a halfway home. She finds herself in a predicament that forces her to reexamine the events of that fateful night. Good read with a few twists twists and turns!

LPL_KimberlyL Aug 09, 2018

Tiffany D. Jackson's writing is what happens if you mix Gillian Flynn's messed up unreliable narrators with Rene Denfeld's social commentary. You never quite know what is really going on or who to trust, so the ending is weirdly satisfying if you love a good twist. Pick this up ASAP if you like psychological thrillers, crime novels of any kind, and books that make a real statement.

Nov 30, 2017

This book is such a mindtrip. I don't even know what to make of it -- in the best possible way.

First off, the voice was fantastic. Mary's perspective was fascinating, descriptive and well-written. I absorbed into her world instantly. I dove right in and kept lapping it up.

Second, if you want a freakin emotional roller coaster pick this up. There were times when I laughed, when I was disgusted, when I had to close the book and take a break, when I couldn't put it down, when I almost cried. I was down for the ride.

Third, this mystery was shocking until the end. And it didn't feel like a surprise for the sake of surprise. I was shocked by what was happening and how it all played out. The reveals were dramatic and timely. Well-plotted.

My only reason is it's not five stars were points when it was a little slow and I struggle with such hard material. Also, I feel slightly betrayed by the ending because the mental stuff was a little inconsistent with what was presented.

Overall, a great, intense mystery that I highly recommend. Unique voice and story that hooks you right away and keeps you till the very end.

Aug 07, 2017

For me this was a solid four and a half stars, right up until the last ten pages.

SCL_Pascale Jul 13, 2017

This was a great debut novel from Tiffany D. Jackson. It was well-paced, and not knowing what exactly happened on the night baby Alyssa died made me want to keep reading. Mary's relationships with her mother and Ted -- while definitely problematic -- were realistically portrayed. The dialogue was also fun to read and it was refreshing to see women of colour represented.

However, I thought the characters in the group home were a little too one-dimensional. The story is told through Mary's point of view, which means that the depictions of the group home girls and authority figures are very one-sided. Jackson consulted kids who actually lived in group homes, so I was surprised that they were so negatively -- and at times, stereotypically -- depicted.

The other issue I had with this book is the ending. Here, narrative point of view works against the story, leaving readers with a twist many found surprising and unsatisfying. There was not enough foreshadowing to make the ending convincing. Otherwise, this was a decent story that fully absorbed my attention.

ArapahoeStaff1 Jul 13, 2017

This book was a tough pill to swallow. There is a lot of really dark, tough things going on. The premise of this story is incredible--a young girl accused and punished for the murder of an infant, when you don't know if it actually was her...or her mother. This book gives an in-depth look at what it's like to be a teenager in prison and the subsequent group home she is placed in later. This is a great choice if you like books that mess with your mind and have definite plot twists!

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35Shonda Jan 12, 2019

I really enjoyed reading this book. If you read this one you should read, "Monday is Never Coming". I enjoyed that one a little better. I don't like giving away what happens in books. I will say the ending left me upset. I didn't like it. So I agree with the last ten pages left me upset.


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