Caged by Elisa Dane Book Review

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YA Contemporary

5/5 Stars

So this book evokes a lot of emotions within me, both good and bad. It deals with a lot of complex emotions, and it’s not a book you can just expect to leave you unscathed. In short, this book packs an emotional punch you won’t see coming.

This book is horrible in the sense the popular teens at Atwood High are the worst human beings in the world. I’ve never met more nasty, cruel people and I wasn’t exactly the popular one in high school. These people are on a next level I can’t explain well enough. The males are just super misogynistic and just… they are the epitome of slimy and rape culture to me. The main popular girl is the worst human being in the world. She is deplorable, treats her friends horribly, and I don’t understand how she was allowed to be around people with her actions. Just…. they’re all a bunch of bad people.

So the main character Sadie has some trauma going on. But she got sucked into the popular club, and she just watches all of this bullying happen. She doesn’t want to be an outcast, but she isn’t nice to someone who used to be friend before she was part of the cool kids. She just stands by and watches her former friend be tortured and stays silent. Her silence is probably one of the major catalysts for the later events. I’m not saying she’s just a bad person… I just think she’s dealt with a lot of bad stuff she should want the cycle to cease. I didn’t hate her, but she isn’t my favorite during some of this book.

The only person I love in this book was Hayden. He’s the greatest. I don’t want to spoil anything about him so read the book and find out how awesome he is. It’s worth the read just for him alone.

The major event in the book is shocking. It is described in detail and can be very scary when reading. I couldn’t imagine being in a situation like that, but the author wrote it so well. The only story is woven together to show how it all leads up to the big event and just… the next book and the aftermath are going to be intense. I’m pretty sure I’ve found a new favorite author.

I was given this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Allegedly Book Review

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5/5 Stars

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.