Dear Martin-Book Review

Dear MartinRaw, 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

Pages: 210

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.” 
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41 Comments Add yours

  1. I haven’t heard of this book. It sounds really good! Great review!

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    1. It was, Thank you 🙂


  2. I loved THUG, so I might have to give this a read at some point. It sounds like a very powerful book. Great review.

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    1. It is so original and powerful….Thank you 🙂


  3. I need to pick this one up the next time I am at a bookstore! Great review!

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    1. Hahaha…Did you pick it?
      Thank you 😀

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      1. No, it was a book club I found on MeetUp. Glad I read it, as to be able to have a good discussion with everyone- just wish I gave myself more than 4 days to read as I felt under pressure to finish and with it going so slow – well you can imagine!

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      2. Under pressure reading makes reading feel like school work 😀

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      3. agreed! it definitely felt like that, especially in the 11th hour.

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  4. Jordanne says:

    Sounds like an interesting read, great review!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. It was…Thank you 🙂

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  5. This sounds like a very powerful book. Great review!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. I am glad you like it 🙂


  6. Katelynne says:

    I need to read THUG and Dear Martin. Good review!

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    1. Find some time 🙂
      Thank you 🙂


  7. Empress DJ says:

    Glad you liked it

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  8. I just finished THUG recently and this is definitely going on my list to read! It sounds just as raw and real. Great review! 🙂

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    1. Thank you 🙂
      It was different than THUG but the main element is same.

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  9. I haven’t read THUG or Dear Martin but both sound amazing

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  10. bookwormscornerblogspot says:

    great review. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  11. Manon says:

    Haven’t read this one, but it sounds like an interesting book!

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  12. This is on my TBR. Glad it didn’t disappoint you. 🙂

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  13. Jo Linsdell says:

    Sounds like an interesting read. I hadn’t heard of this one before. Great review.

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  14. bookwormscornerblogspot says:

    I really enjoyed your review. Sounds like a though provoking, emotional read. I would like to read this.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. I am glad you liked it…Do Share your thoughts when you’ll read it 🙂


  15. yourwordsmyink says:

    Great review!

    Liked by 2 people

  16. Veronica The Burgeoning Bookshelf says:

    This is the first I’ve heard of this book. It sounds interesting.

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  17. I have heard so many beautiful things about this novel. I really need to pick it up.

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  18. Cia Black says:

    This book caught my eye the other day at the library but the little people with me rushed me out the door. I wished I had picked it. Hopefully it’ll still be on its shelf next time I get in there.

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    1. I hope you’ll find it and like it 🙂


  19. Great review, I’ve been wanted to read this book for a long time as well, I heard great things about it. I am really glad you enjoy this book so far. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. I am glad you liked it…You are also gonna like it ❤


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