Tiffany D. Jackson
Reviewed: 2019-01-14Rating: 3.5. I would have given it more if not for the truly terrible ending. An attempt at a plot twist that really just made you disconnect from the narrator. This book was a quick, thrilling read, however some of the characters and events seemed a little implausible.
Reviewed: 2018-03-22Trigger warning: sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, murder
Mary killed a baby. Allegedly.
This book is intense. It brings up so many issues that I appreciate it so so much. If anyone needs a really good discussion book this is it. Just beware of the feelings okay?
Mary's story is one that would make many people curl up into a fetus position and never get up again. She has been convicted for murdering an infant. She lives in a group home run by an overweight demanding woman and a number of incredibly violent and relentless young women. She has to sneak around with her boyfriend Ted.
And then she gets pregnant. Which is a whole can of worms for any 15 year old, let alone someone in Mary's position.
Her circumstances are presented in such a raw, unforgiving, no sh** way that it's admirable. Because this is a life lived by some people and nobody needs to sugar coat it.
I personally found a little slow and am glad that I read this one as the audiobook version. The narrator is truly great at her rendition of the story.
There is also an event near the end involving New Girl and a set of stairs that kinda threw me off a little. It felt a bit forced and the plot was too distracting from the main storyline for me.
Though the actual ending was perfectly executed in my opinion. I thought it truly brought home all the conflicted, ugly feelings this book is forcing you to experience.
A truly good book about the child protection system, juvenile justice, and the American justice system.
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