Book Review of “Dear Martin” by Nic Stone

Rating: 4/5 ⭐️

Genre: Realistic Fiction & YA Fiction

Summary:

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.

 

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Happy Halloween guys! Have a fun and safe day and eat lots of 🍬! 👻🤡😊

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Hey guys! I’m on my way back from fright fest at Six Flags! It was fun but I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t want on more rides. At least I had fun since I’ve never ever been to six flags before. I’m happy tomorrow is Saturday because I need some sleep.

School’s been okay so far. I don’t have a first period so I came in 2nd period 😊. It feels weird being a senior because I remember freshman year like nothing. Senior picture was also a success! Thank God 🙏🏿.  Halloween seems lame this year so I can’t wait for thanksgiving.

This weekend, I’m just gonna relax and catch up on my schoolwork and reading.

 

Book Review of “Far From The Tree” by Robin Benway

Genre: YA Fiction and Realistic Fiction

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

Summary:

A contemporary novel about three adopted siblings who find each other at just the right moment.

Being the middle child has its ups and downs.

But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including—

Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, she’s quick to search for traces of herself among these not-quite-strangers. And when her adopted family’s long-buried problems begin to explode to the surface, Maya can’t help but wonder where exactly it is that she belongs.

And Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother. After seventeen years in the foster care system, he’s learned that there are no heroes, and secrets and fears are best kept close to the vest, where they can’t hurt anyone but him.

 

My Thoughts 💭 ( Slight Spoilers)

This book is amazing! I had a feeling it was going to be good but this was way better than I expected. Maya, Grace and Joaquin were so well written and relatable. Their bond was one of my favorite parts of the novel. I love how realistic this book was and the author did an excellent job in covering topics like adoption,teen pregnancy and foster care.

Three different teenagers discovers that they are siblings and must come to terms with their own feelings about their birth mother. Grace just recently gave her baby up for adoption and feels empty inside. She’s on a mission to meet her birth mother so she can mend the pain she feels. Maya’s parents are on the verge of divorcing and Joaquin is conflicted about his feelings about being adopted. All three characters have major flaws and that’s what made me connect with them even more. Grace was my favorite to read about but I loved Maya’s badass attitude and how protective Joaquin is towards his sisters. The adoptive parents are supportive and amazing and I’m so happy they weren’t abusive. There’s a little romance and all the couples were sweet especially Grace/Rafe and Maya/Claire. There’s a lot of sad moments that made me cry but there’s also happy and funny moments too

The ending was bittersweet and optimistic and I’m really glad that things worked out well for everyone. This book was really good and it even made me tear up a little.