Q: Why did Mary’s mom kill Alyssa?
I want to know more into Alyssa’s family.
Q: What did Alyssa mom see?
Q: What does “I didn’t mean to throw her” mean?
Q: How is stirring things back up going to go?
We get a bit of the public view of Mary’s “alleged” crime. There were activists and stuff which felt current.
Q: What is life like for a famous killer after serving their time in real world?
Alyssa was bruised before death according to mom.
I like the idea of Mary getting someone beyond Ted.
Commentary on Push (or Precious) by Sapphire was interesting. Push has been such a controversial book for its representation of black women (and black men).
Mary has an anger inside her. It makes sense seeing everything she has gone through but you know it is one of those red herring she may have done it moments.
Showing actual psychopathic killer which matters because they do exist in foster care systems too. The scary thing is that they are there alongside the non-psychotic killers.
Q: Is the girl trying to kill Mary dark skin? That is questionable since Mary is light skin (possibly biracial). It feels like all the white/light skin people so far are good while the poc/dark skin characters are bad/against Mary.
Q: So what did Kelly “new girl” do?
Q: What is Alyssa and Mary relationship again? The way Mary talks they had more than an acquaintance relationship.
Doubt (for me ) is casted on Alyssa mom from this chapter. Think about it all we know from Alyssa mom point of view is from second person information so Alyssa death could have been a set up (between Alyssa’s mom and Mary’s mom).
There is still reasonable doubt if Mary still did it or severity of what she did. She blacked out and the story is still side stepping what happened that night.
I like the idea of restorative justice more than just throwing people in jail.
Q: Are the lawyers exploiting or not?
Q: Does Ted have the right to explain? What could have happened?
(I have a theory but I will keep it for now.)
Q: Who is Mary father? We learn that he is n/a on the birth certificate so either Marys mom does not know or she just did not put it on there.
Pros: naturally brings up race in a way that black people would bring it up
Cons: Allegedly has q
uestionable things in terms of certain things (such as colorism). Lack of transitions can be annoying and confusing (I cannot tell if it is because it is an ebook)
I wonder if Mary being isolated is about being a self-insert /more relatable to teens (middle to upper class teens) than a more hardened (by system/world) kid.