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Allegedly

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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2017 Tiffany D. Jackson (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Ida 02-08-17
    Ida 02-08-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Chilling, raw, and gut-wrenching"

    As many others have stated, this story will stay with you for a long time. It is difficult to walk away from it once you start listening to it. However it is so intense. The roller coaster ride of Mary's life is emotional and you have to take a break. The story is extraordinary. The descriptions of the juvenile justice system and places where young convicts live is true to life realistic. Unfortunately some places are worst than described. The brutality among the residents was so vivid. That a little girl was placed in such an environment is tragic. Mary, the main character is a tragic hero. The reader roots for her during most of the story. Mary was extremely bright and worked hard to achieve the goals that she had set for herself. She also knew how to work with others who could help her along the way. It is difficult to determine if Mary is smart enough to be manipulative. The reader hears Mary's version or her interpretation of the events. The narrator was excellent! Absolutely excellent! I love the African American Brooklyn accent, Hispanic Brooklyn accent and the various others. The writing was superb. The story did start to become redundant toward the end. It was also confusing at one point in that Mary and her mother seemed to have switched roles assuming the other's identity. Overall the book is very written. It is a story that should be studied by teachers, social workers, school counselors and anyone looking for employment that includes working with children.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    brownie-z 04-07-17
    brownie-z 04-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Highly entertaining, thrilling read"

    While the narration of the book was excellent; perhaps the best I have heard in an audiobook, I felt strung along when I reached the ending. The author spends so much time developing this character and providing vignettes of who she is and how she reacts in different situations, only to betray us in the end without any explanation.

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    Gary 03-12-17
    Gary 03-12-17 Member Since 2001
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    "Good story, GREAT narrator, ending a bit unreal."



    I started thinking this book was going along adhering to the accepted formula, but it didn't quite do that. On the other hand, the main shift to the ending was done too abruptly, and while it was consistent with the story, it simply just happened, and that was a bit unsatisfying.

    Bahni Turpin is a very fine narrator, and is a large part of why the book is a very enjoyable listen. Maybe the narration could have provided the forshadowing that was missing, but I don't think so---it's meant to be a last page reveal.

    On the whole, though, pretty darned good!

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    "Surpisingly Good"

    This is the best narration I have listened to so far. Excellent story as well!

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    Sage 06-15-17
    Sage 06-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Allegedly *Sigh*"
    Would you listen to Allegedly again? Why?

    This is actually a good question, asked because the writer already knows that people WILL want to read it again. Yes I would listen to this book again, 1. It was a really amazing book, the characters and the plot was well put together 2. Chapter 18 really was a surprise and I feel like I might of missed some hints within the story itself, but either way its an amazing listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Allegedly?

    One of the most memorable moments was when Mary told the story of what really happened to little baby Alyssa.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes I did, I laughed a lot and my eyes got just a little watery every now and then.


    Any additional comments?

    I LOVED the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cristal H. my own world. 06-03-17
    Cristal H. my own world. 06-03-17 Member Since 2014
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    "A manic mind f*** and I love it."
    Would you listen to Allegedly again? Why?

    This mind-churning and disturbing novel is a gut punch that leaves the reader breathless and unsettled.

    Allegedly is told from Mary’s perspective. When we meet her, Mary is a 15-year-old girl living in a group home, serving the sentence given after she killed a baby.

    Allegedly.

    Mary is an unreliable narrator, and her perspective leads the reader on a tense journey that’s compulsive and nerve-wracking–a ride that you might not want to be on, but you can’t get off, because your craving for the truth keeps you turning the pages.

    Tiffany D. Jackson is a talented writer who showcases a twisted creativity as well as a smart mind with Allegedly. Her characterization of the protagonist and antagonists is vivid and layered, twisted and human, and I love how complicated she makes them. Every character in this book is fucked up; they are layers of jagged pieces that make it difficult to piece them together, but it’s oh so fun to try. Mary is an enigma. Her mother is also confusing and unstable. They both know the truth, but it’s unclear who is actually telling the truth, and the anxiety…oh, the anxiety is delicious as you read.

    Also, along with Mary and her Momma is a group of girls interrupted, girls who would sooner kill you than braid your hair, who live in a house with Mary under the supervision of a cruel and neglectful social worker. Mary lives under constant threat of violence, and the physical and emotional abuse that she endured for years in a corrections facility, compounded by the terror-filled minefield she maneuvers in the group home, leads her to seek comfort in the arms of 18-year-old Ted. Mary ends up pregnant, and she must fight to keep her baby.

    The characters drive this book and the mystery is enhanced by their unstable personalities. It would be easy to label each as disturbed and write them off as immoral, unsympathetic, and irredeemable, but Jackson does well to make sure that it’s clear that the environment is a factor as well as nature. Although, there are plenty of moments when you’ll think, “These girls are fucking crazy!”

    I like that Jackson doesn’t label any of the characters. She does use excerpts from psychiatric professionals and social workers to give some background on Mary, but she realistically shows the contradictory conclusions and diagnoses that are prevalent in psychiatry, especially pertaining to a girl like Mary who is tossed around the system.

    Listen, this book will leave you conflicted. I’ve been thinking about it for the last week, since I read it, and I still vacillate over the moral quagmire that this novel presents. It’s fitting that I’m writing this review on Mother’s Day, since the interplay between Mary and her mother creates the most conflict and angst, and has left me agitated. This book elicits a multitude of emotions, ranging from sympathy to disgust, sadness to rage, fear and hope. They all linger in the end as you’re left a bit rootless. You won’t find safety in this book.

    I’m struggling with whether to give this 4 or 5 stars, since the last chapter is open-ended. There’s the potential to finish feeling dissatisfied, but the flip side is that the author leaves it all up tho the reader, which can be fun. The more I think on Allegedly, the more I love it. I love it as it is, but I must say that it would be a fantastic, disturbing series, unlike other YA series filling the market.

    I’m definitely re-reading this one. I recommend.


    What does Bahni Turpin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This novel is narrated by Bahni Turpin, who has been voicing a ton of the hot novels lately, including "The Hate U Give," "The Sun is Also a Star," "The Underground Railroad," and a bunch more. I knew that it would be great, when I saw that she was the narrator, since she does such a fantastic job with emotionally charged reads (she made me cry during THUG). I particularly love her voice for Mary since the character is equal parts genius adult and irrational child, so it’s a thrill to experience the sinister world of Allegedly through Mary’s grey perspective as well as Bahni’s sweet voice. The narration is gripping, so audiobook fans should definitely check it out.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, this book required some breaks for processing my feelings.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic"

    Excellent story, well developed characters. Wonderful plot. could not put book down, sad when it ended. will there be a sequel,plz say yes.

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    Whitney 05-17-17
    Whitney 05-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I really enjoyed it"

    This book kept me interested. It has been some time since I made it to end the end of an audible book. The narrator was amazing and so was the story. I felt complete when I finished no sequel needed.

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    Roseann 05-11-17
    Roseann 05-11-17
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    "A Couple of Twisted B**ches"
    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. It's like a roller coaster ride. I know I liked it because it seemed like the story flew by. Loved the twists

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    IN BETWEEN THE HEDGES 02-27-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Fooled Me"

    I was hooked, lined and sunk. I bought it all. Loved the book as it was well written and the narrator was on point as usual. Bahni is the boss. BUT I did yell at the main character a few times because she second guessed every thought until it was detrimental to her cause. Good read/ listen enjoy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Pure Brilliance!"

    I was so looking forward to listening to this book and it did not disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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