“Allegedly” 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 (Do Not Finish) 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.

Book Blurb for Allegedly

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?

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2017 2.50