March 10, 2017

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson #BookReview

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 church-going 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?

In this gritty and haunting debut, Tiffany D. Jackson explores the grey areas in our understanding of justice, family, and truth, and acknowledges the light and darkness alive in all of us.

Tiffany D. Jackson is a TV professional by day, novelist by night, awkward black girl 24/7. She received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University and her master of arts in media studies from the New School. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves with her adorable chihuahua, Oscar, most likely multitasking. 

Bahni Turpin, film, television, and voice actress, has won seventeen AudioFile Earphones Awards and three prestigious Audie Awards for her narrations, and she was named 2016 Narrator of the Year by Publishers Weekly magazine.

This book covers the court system and how African Americans are treated within it.  It does a great job with this. However, it does also have a lot of issues in my opinion.  Within the first few pages we have the three quotes. 

"You'd think someone would change their diet after they reach over two hundred pounds. But not Ms. Stein. She still eats an entire box of Entenmann's crumb topped donuts a day." 

"She wears black wrist guards and one of those weight belts that sits right below her bulging gut, yet I've never seen her work out or lift anything but food to her mouth."

And she is Indian, like the ones Momma says take all the jobs overseas. I don't want another bad lawyer, though I never picked the first one. 

These three quotes are not addressed.  Although this book covers racism towards blacks it pretty much throws others under the bus.  There are multi homophobia, fatphobia, and more things in this book that should have been addressed.  Trying to read this was very hard.  I thought I was just going to DNF it but I read it from start to finish.  I wish this book would have addressed the issues in this story.  

This book also has statutory rape, child rape, and more. So fair warning. 

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