YA Contemporary/ Own Voices
Okay so I have a lot of things to say about this book. A lot. I could just go on and on because this book is a major punch to the gut. Seriously, you read this book and think you know what is going to happen. In fact, I was so convinced I knew the outcome of the story and then I was shocked to find out what really happened. This book is twisted and dark, in the best ways possible. Of course, be forewarned it is very dark. But so good. It’s amazing. God, this book blew my mind.
Mary killed Alyssa when she was nine. Allegedly. She spent time in jail and now lives in a foster home. She still sees her mom and is trying to deal with her life as someone who is trying to prove she didn’t kill the baby like everyone believes. After dealing with years of sexual and physical abuse as a child, she still has a hard time coping with all of the trauma. Mary wants to clear her name but her Momma just wants her daughter to be a good girl and follow the path of the Lord. Mary has dreams of college and making someone of herself. When she finds herself pregnant, she has to find a way to fight for her baby in anyway she can. The baby means the world to her and she isn’t going to let the state take away her child. Mary wants to clear her name for good.
I thought I knew what this book was going to be. As a true crime fan, I was like yeah I know how this going to play out because I’ve listened to so many podcasts and have read about many cases. Also I didn’t know there was a real life case like this either so wow. But from the beginning as a true crime afficiando, I was so sure I had the whole plot figured out. But nope. I was surprised immensely by the twist in this book. It completely blew my mind….
Unreliable narrators make for a great story. I would highly recommend this book to everyone. It is fantastic because it’s an own voices book which has diversity, deals with issues of gender, class, race, and the justice system. Tiffany Jackson did a stellar job, and I can’t wait to get my hands on her next book.