Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Dear MartinPages: 210

Goodreads Rating: 4.35 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

Publication Date: October 17th 2017

Publisher: Ember



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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 Review:

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Without a doubt a must read by everyone.

Dear Martin is a realistic fiction story about a teenage boy Justyce McAllister. He’s intelligent, kind, persevering and obedient and he’s bound to college. However, it’s traumatic for him to experience being held by cops and being falsely accused for a crime he didn’t commit. Aside from this, he receives racist comments from the people around him. It made him question about equality, social injustices and racism. He seeks answers from Martin Luther King Jr.’s teachings by writing a journal. I thought it’s a great project and each entry was a reflection. It became his outlet when times get rough and his voice left a huge impact.

This books deserves a lot of attention as it leaves a powerful message to its readers. Through Justyce, you’ll feel his struggle being accepted by the society because of his race. It saddens me others treated black people and persons of color in general lowly. No matter how hard it is, some people are too privileged and don’t want to be educated. That’s the sad truth about this world we’re living. You cannot please everyone but never let others drag you down. The change starts in you. Be a good role model and chase your dreams.

Overall, Dear Martin is spectacular. There are parts you’ll feel anger, sadness and frustration. Still, I love how it gives you the positive vibe and the problems can be resolve without violence. That is such an important lesson younger generations should learn.


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