Rating: 4/5 ⭐️
Genre: Realistic Fiction & YA Fiction
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.
My Thoughts 💭 (Warning- Spoilers!!)
Dear Martin is an interesting and fast paced book that I enjoyed very much. It’s very sad but also realistic. I loved the book a lot but I felt like it was a little rushed in a way.
Justyce McAllister is an Ivy League bound student. He did nothing wrong the night he got arrested. But that doesn’t stop people from labeling him as the “bad guy.” Justyce’s life changes forever as he deals with racism from his peers and pressure from his mom and friends. 2017 is the year for woke books because I am loving reading these books about racism and how scary this world is. Especially if your an African American male. Justyce is a likable protagonist and his friendship with both Manny and Sarah-Jane were one of my favorite parts of this book. Manny’s death was extremely sad to read about and I honestly didn’t expected it. I enjoyed the second half of the book more than the first because I felt like the story was picking up more and things were starting to get developed.
Besides Justyce, my favorite character was Sarah-Jane because she was a really good friend to Justyce and never once judged him. She was one of his main supporters and I’m really glad that they finally got together. I also love Manny’s parents and his mentor Doc. Jared was a ignorant asshole but at least he came around in the end. The ending felt too rushed for me and we never got a conclusion on Justyce’s mom feelings about Sarah-Jane. I mean I know she didn’t like Sarah-Jane because she was white but did his mother ever changed her mind about her?
Other than that, this book was really great and I’m extremely happy to read more YA books with topics that makes people think and topics that are important in our society today.