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Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
Before There Was Mozart by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
A Castle On Viola Street by Dyanne Disalvo
Charlie Anderson by Barbara Abercrombie
City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong
Clover's Luck by Kallie George
Demon Volume 2 by Jason Shiga
Except the Dying by Maureen Jennings
Felix the Railway Cat by Kate Moore
Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle
Giant Days, Volume 2 by John Allison
Happy Birthday, Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm
In the Beginning... by Arnaud Plumeri
The James: From Iron Gate to the Sea by Blair Niles
Just Us Women by Jeannette Franklin Caines
Knit Your Own Murder by Monica Ferris
The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro
Memory and Dream by Charles de Lint
My Secret Guide to Paris by Lisa Schroeder
No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe
On Mother's Lap by Ann Herbert Scott
Peril in Paperback by Kate Carlisle
The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation by Shannon Hale
The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Saturdays at Sea by Jessica Day George
The Specific Ocean by Kyo Maclear
The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
Voltron: Legendary Defender, Volume 1 by Tim Hedrick
We Found A Hat by Jon Klassen
Zinnia: How the Corn Was Saved by Patricia Hruby Powell

Miscellaneous
Books about cats written by women
February 2017 ROOB and other news
Inclusive reading in February 2017
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (March 20)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (March 27)

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Allegedly: 03/09/17

Allegedly

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson is set in New York group home and told from the point of view of Mary, a girl who has spent six years in "baby jail" and now is in the home because she was convicted of killing a baby when she herself was a young child. Was her sentence harsher because she is a black girl and the baby was white? Probably.

At the opening of the book, Mary discovers that she is pregnant by her group home boyfriend. Though she wants to keep her baby, whom she nicknames Bean, she finds herself with no voice — no autonomy. Her choices are get an abortion or let the system put the baby up for adoption.

Mary also wants to improve her situation and she sees getting perfect on the SATs as her way out. Again, though, she faces extraordinary obstacles. She has two roommates who bully her endlessly. She doesn't have a driver's license or a state issued ID. She doesn't have the money for the test or the practice materials.

And then there are the inserts about the crime, the trial, and the psychological studies done on Mary over the years. These parts of the book, and Mary's interaction with them (especially later on) remind me of When Rabbit Howls by Truddi Chase — except this one is fiction.

The writing is raw, emotional, and will leave you on edge. There are no happy endings here. No story threads tied up in neat little bows. It's messy story about a terrible situation.

Four stars

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Comment #1: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 12:01:43

Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium

I so want to read this book. This story sounds so heartbreaking. Glad to see you liked it. Thanks for the review :)



Comment #2: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 11:17:20

Pussreboots

It is heartbreaking and angering and every emotion in between.