by Tiffany D Jackson


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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062422651
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 29,262
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.94(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Tiffany D. Jackson is the author of Allegedly, Monday’s Not Coming, and Let Me Hear a Rhyme. A TV professional by day, novelist by night, 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, most likely multitasking. You can visit her online at

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Allegedly 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Heather_Maclean More than 1 year ago
Oh this book... One of the best contemporary YAs I've read in forever although it reads just as wonderfully for an adult audience. The main character Mary is so rich and complex, and the writing so beautiful, I didn't want it to end. It shocked me all the way through, but the ending--wow! A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second book I have read by this author, and just like the first, I was so glad I picked this book up. The minute I started reading I could not put it down. The story was well written and the main character was so well developed, she almost felt real. The twist at the end had me questioning everything I thought I knew to be true which is what I love most about books like this. This book was great and I highly recommend it to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It displayed a situation that could happen in real life with a lot of attention grabbing details that kept me intrigued throughout the whole novel. The cliff hanger is cool, because you kind of know what's going to happen, but the author doesn't bluntly say it. Overall, it was a great read.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
Allegedly, a 9-year old black girl kills a 3-month old white baby that her mother was caring for. Allegedly, this baby killer had a fair and just trial and she was sentenced to jail time and is now living in a group home. Allegedly, this horrible event is in the past and soon everyone can move forward in their lives. Allegedly: (1) accused but not proven or convicted (2) asserted to be true or to exist (Merriam Webster Dictionary 2017). Definitely a five-star novel for me. The ending was fantastic, a powerful and wrenching conclusion that left me torn. I understood Mary’s position in the final pages but after everything she had lived through and endured, this ending was not what I had foreseen. Mary hadn’t disappointed me, there was no way that she could do that, it was that she took the side, I didn’t expect. Mary had made great strides in this novel. Meet Mary, a psychopathic baby killer. She’s carried this label for years, keeping to herself, trying not to be noticed, for many people had read about her story and knew her name. Mary lives in a group home, doing community service in a nursing home. Ted doesn’t know about Mary’s past. These two develop a relationship and Mary finds herself pregnant. So many things don’t add up in Mary’s life now: pregnancy, baby killer, living in a group home, Ted, Mary’s future and the bullying that occurs in that group home. Yet something sparks within Mary, a determination within her. She has a baby and she knows that with her past, this baby will likely be taken from her. It is this determination, this fire and energy that I enjoyed about this novel. It’s not glamourous what occurs as Mary tries to fight the system: the obstacles, the frustration and the pain that is felt as Mary tries to handle what is thrown at her. She must deal with the truth of her past, she must confront it and uncover it. Her current situation adds fire to the flame and I find my emotions all over the place, fighting with Mary and others as we battle it out. I highly recommend this novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent read. It takes you on a journey that you would predict.
Readingjunky More than 1 year ago
Nine year old Mary Addison killed a baby. Allegedly. Now Mary is almost sixteen and has been released from juvenile detention into a group home. She still insists she is innocent, but during her years in detention she remained silent during psychological testing and therapy so no one really takes her seriously. When Mary is not following orders around the group home, she is attending cosmetology classes and fulfilling required volunteer time at a local nursing home. Her mother visits once every other week, but is more focused on her own craziness than on the rehabilitation of her daughter. The other girls at the home bully Mary, steal her things, and taunt her about her alleged crime. The only friend Mary has is Ted, another volunteer at the nursing home. It could be said that Ted is more than a friend. Mary feels safe and loved when she is able to steal alone time with Ted. In fact, she is several months pregnant. When she tells Ted the news, he is excited and the two begin planning how they can be together and raise their child. Mary knows that keeping her baby is out of the question unless she can convince people of her innocence. That means convincing her mother to confess the truth about the death of little Alyssa. In this debut novel, author Tiffany D. Jackson dives into the psychic of a young girl with a traumatic past. Jackson gives readers a frightening look at the justice system, the detention system, and the hopelessness of a girl attempting to make something of herself despite the odds stacked against her. From the facts of the crime to the resulting punishment, nothing is quite as it seems. ALLEGEDLY will keep readers on the edge of their seats from start to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book!
The-Broke-Book-Bank More than 1 year ago
Allegedly is a thrilling heart wrenching roller coaster with an unexpected ending. →Trigger Warning: Violence, Rape, Ablism, Pet Murder, Child Abuse, → Fatphobic →Homophobic statements from characters → Love Ms Claire and Ms Cora →That part about the mirrors killed me. →Unreliable narrator →A lot of the bible, Christian god talk, and devil inside type stuff. →Abortion doesn't mean baby-killer!!! →I love the Law & Order: SVU fangirling, especially about Benson. I've felt that exact same thing about her and that show. It was cathartic in a way, watching it growing up. I was so engrossed to this book allllllllll they way through. Nothing bad to say, no problems with it, full on heart eyes emoji. The narrator was fantastic. Then that last damn chapter. Part of me loves it and is still thinking about it, part of me hates it for the shock, the undoing, and is still thinking about it. The only thing I can really say, either way, you'll never forget Mary B. Addison and there's SO many more questions than answers that linger and haunt.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book. A bit disturbing but in the end karma showed up.
Rebecca_J_Allen More than 1 year ago
A nine-year-old girl accused of a baby's death? I was drawn to the tragedy of the story. A life lost. A young girl behind bars. I was also drawn to the intrigue. Did she really do it? Tiffany Jackson brings raw emotion to her depiction of Mary. Mary struggles with so many aspects of her life--with tough housemates at a home for troubled teens, with her mother, and with the echoes of her past. One bright spot helping Mary make it through an insecure existence is a budding romance. But when she finds out she's pregnant and the state threatens to take her baby, Mary is ready to fight challenges from her present and from her past to keep her baby. These fights threatens the status quo for everyone around her, leaving Mary with trouble on all sides. The stakes and emotion were plenty to keep me reading, but a twisty plot adds to the appeal of the book. This is a great read for thriller lovers and for readers who want to delve beneath sensational headlines for a glimpse into the lives of some very vulnerable members of our society. Highly recommended! Read more of my reviews of young adult books at!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. Hope there is a part 2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Hope she's writing another,soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Twisty and gritty and utterly compelling, with perfect voice and a propulsive plot. I could not put this book down. Without a doubt, this is one of the best-crafted mysteries I've ever read.
Kimmiepoppins More than 1 year ago
Allegedly is a dark and twisty read, all the more scary because of how closely it parallels what is really going on in the world. It illustrates how quickly a child's whole world might shift. It's never one domino that falls, but a whole life of moments that are affected by grief, mental health issues, racial inequities, lack of education and broken support systems. Jackson's debut also contrasts the brutal reality within the story with a glimpse of what our human potential could allegedly be. Thought provoking and unsettling in a very good way. Looking forward to reading more from this author.
AlexandraOtt More than 1 year ago
This book is such an intense, gripping read from beginning to end. There are so many unpredictable twists and turns, constantly changing everything you thought you knew. Every character is so complex, but especially Mary. It's incredibly powerful and thought-provoking. Recommend for anyone looking for a dark, twisty read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A stunning debut. Dark. Heartbreaking. Powerful. Mary is a wonderfully complex character. Her story will catch you by the throat and not let you go until you've read the entire novel - and she'll stay with you long after you've finished. The author, Tiffany Jackson, paints a unflinching portrait of our juvenile justice system while telling a compelling story - drawing you into Mary's world, and making you question right, wrong, and everything in between. A true thriller from the start.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) “I didn’t kill Alyssa.” This was a YA contemporary story, about a teenage girl who allegedly killed a baby. I felt quite sorry for Mary in this book, being locked up for years when you did nothing wrong would be awful, and the way the other girls in the home treated her was pretty bad. The Storyline in this was about Mary discovering she was pregnant by her boyfriend Ted, and realising that because of her history she wouldn’t be allowed to keep the baby. We had Mary trying to hire a lawyer to protest her innocence and considering running away with Ted to save her baby from being adopted. This was an enjoyable story, although the number of double negatives really irritated me – “I don’t say nothing.”, “I don’t have to do nothing.”, “Nobody asked her to save nobody.” The ending to this left us with a massive twist, and I kind-of wanted to know what would happen next. 7 out of 10
JenLBW More than 1 year ago
Allegedly is one of those books that you go wow, this is different. The minute I was reading, I was completely absorbed and Tiffany Jackson's writing is definitely A+ for me. Wow. If you are a fan of shows like Making a Murderer, this book will blow you away. I love the way the plot develops. I immediately feel for Mary. I don’t even care what she did, I just want to save her from her terrible conditions, which stops and makes me think. Wait of course I care what she did, allegedly!! It’s really interesting the way this book is able to play on different emotions. I also loved how Tiffany Jackson paired the present day narrative with different accounts and articles from when Mary was 9 and ALLEGEDLY committed her crime. As the story moves on we start to see more present day articles as well. Really this story is a rollercoaster of emotions. There were times that I thought one and times I thought the other. Little hints here and there to the real story that made you go hmmm. Some things I expected and some I did not but overall I couldn’t put the book down. This is one of those books that I absolutely do not want to spoil anything but I can say that the relationship between Mary and her mother is definitely one of the many focuses. It’s interesting to see how the way their interactions and experiences shaped Mary. You despise her mother but there are also tidbits and hints about her as well. It builds the big picture in the end. The reason Mary hooks up with someone is kind of similar to The Innocence Project is because she is now having a baby. She is concerned that they are going to take her baby away from her due to her past conviction and now she is going to do everything in her power to stop that from happening. This of course opens the can of worms that leads us down the rabbit hole of what is true and not true. Of course we see the very ugly side of group homes as well. The other girls are all in there for different reason and it’s interesting to also see their stories as well. Especially New Girl. So much I want to say! So much I can’t say! Ahh! My mind is still turning over Allegedly. I’ve told all my friends to read it because I just want to talk about it. It’s one of those books, I can’t stop thinking about it still. It leaves a lasting impression.
AmyP More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put this book down! It's twisty, shocking, dark, and fabulous. And thrilling. Highly recommend!
crystallyn More than 1 year ago
I read this book in less than two days, so tangled up in the story that I had to find out what happens to Mary, the girl in the group home serving time for a murder of a baby - allegedly. Jackson is a master at manipulating the reader's feelings, turning everything topsy-turvy on you when you least expect it. She rips you through all the feels, all the exclamations and leaves you shattered at the end of it all. When I reached the end, it was a huge WOW moment for me. And I'm still thinking that, WOW. This is a book that I'll be thinking about for a long time to come. Tiffany Jackson has a long career ahead of her and I can't wait to read her next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The books I enjoy most are the ones where I feel like I'm experiencing a new world or reality, and I felt immersed in Mary's. This book is raw, honest, realistic, and gut-wrenching, not to mention a page turner. The conversational feel of it, along with the twists and turns, meant I read this book in record time. I had to get to the ending. I'm still thinking about that ending.