Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.
Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.
Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Author: Nic Stone
Publishing Date: October 17th,2017
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
“You can’t change how other people think and act, but you’re in full control of you. When it comes down to it, the only question that matters is this: If nothing in the world ever changes, what type of man are you gonna be?”
After reading THUG, I wanted to read a book tackling the same issue, Dear Martin didn’t disappoint me.
The format of this book is so unique and easily likeable. The half story is from 3rd Person POV, half is in letters format which is written to Martin King.
The story is dark but real, It is the same world where we live and the same racism we see in our daily life around everywhere. This book is bold and talks about all the topics which need to b discuss.
Justyce, Our MC, he is struggling in life after one day a police officer arrested him for hours just because he is black, that’s the only thing he is been avoiding for his whole life.
“You ever consider that maybe you not supposed to ‘fit’? People who make history rarely do.”
We have a variety of characters, from black who are facing but avoiding all this racism to the one who can’t do anything but feel everything. White, who is racist but don’t realise it to the one who feels and says everything bothers her.
One thing that bothered me was too much cursing.
This book is short but solid and I really enjoyed it, The ending was so raw which makes it quite unique.
“People often learn more from getting an undeserved pass than they would from being punished.”