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REVIEW 020: Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

May 6, 2018

 387 pages

 

“What does it mean when you love and hate someone at the same time?” I ask.
He laughs. “It means they family.”

General

This is a story about an eleven year old girl called Mary Addison who "allegedly" killed a three month old baby when she was nine. This book is very dark and very disturbing book which reminds me of the book "All the Ugly and Wonderful things". I find this book utterly disturbing as it made me angry with a lot of things but the reality of it is that, it happens in reality. This kind of stuff does happens.

I would say this book would have been a tad bit ok if not for the ending or would I say the last couple chapters. It actually took a huge twist that made me feel like "you have got to be joking"- yup thats exactly how I felt. And then I was like, yeah you totally lost me.

I honestly feel the ending of the book was a bit weak and unnecessary. The purpose of the book was on a sweet motion and I was getting a hang of the pace till I got to the end. Yes it was a disappointing end which made me feel like I wasted my time.

That said, this book was sad. just pure sadness. The characters were very well described and imagining all of them in my head wasn't pretty. Places like this do exist in America? Wow

 

Writing

Tiffany wrote on a relatable scale as she acted like it was the eleven year old girl talking. It was very straightforward with an urban vibe/twist to the dialogue. Personally, being able to capture this type of narration is a huge skill because if not careful could turn out to be a children's book told by an eleven year old

I honestly think that there is a lot to learn from this book. Mary made us know that employees and colleges do not want juvenile delinquencies in their environment hence discouraging young kids to run away from that bus stop. Mary really wanted to better her life which was why she was desperate to clear her name, write SATs and escape from her group home

 

Plot

I believe the book started out with the intention to give people awareness on the black race, awareness on the life in a foster home or rather care home, awareness about the life of children who kill/intend to kill; awareness on damaged kids in general. So I guess its safe to say that it passed the message across perfectly with a plus one 

 

Character

Not sure I have any favorite character. However, I love how they had several contradicting personalities that made up the group home

 

 

Have you read this book? I really want to know your thoughts

 

In conclusion, Allegedly gets

 

 

NOTE: Spongebob verdicts are strictly my opinion; click here to understand their meaning

 

 

 

 

 

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