Review | Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Dear Martin

by Nic Stone

YA Contemporary

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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.

This is one of those books that I’ve seen and heard so many people thinking about it, but for some reason, it just sat quietly on my TBR pile, until finally I decided to pick it up – and I’m so very glad that I did!

Dear Martin is a powerful and poignant story that follows Justyce and his best friend Manny, and after tragedy strikes, the pair are catapulted into two completely different lives and Justyce looks to writing letters to his inspiration Martin Luther King Jr. to help him come to terms with everything that’s happened.

It’s quite a short read, but that doesn’t take away from the impact it leaves on you. It’s definitely similar to THUG but it has its own completely unique perspective and I really enjoyed this. Justyce was a great main character and Nic Stone is a brilliant writer of teens, I feel like she really captured the essence and authenticity of what it actually means to be a teen in this day and age.

It had a great pace, it always kept me hooked into the actual plot of the story and there was never a point where I found myself bored. I would definitely recommend this if you’re looking for a quick read, then Dear Martin is the one for you. I look forward to getting around to the sequel eventually!