Book Review: Dear Martin by Nic Stone

My Rating: ★★★★★

Genre(s): Young Adult

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Plot: 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.

Pros:

  • There was not one page where this book wasn’t 100% believable
  • Listen to the audiobook — I promise it’ll change the book for you
  • The cover gives away more than I realized at first glance
  • The issues in this book matter, even if people try to say they don’t
  • Honestly this book really gave me a perspective I normally wouldn’t have
  • The internal struggle Justyce has throughout the book broke my heart
  • There were passages that made me yelp out loud, took the breath right from my lungs, and made me so nauseous that I had to stop listening — and all of this is fricking important
  • Alternating between journals and third person was brilliant

Cons:

  • I couldn’t really get into it in novel form, but the audiobook — just having someone tell me the story — changed that

My Thoughts: There is so much I could say about this book. About the BLM movement. About the injustice of today’s society — and the way things have been for centuries. I don’t want to sound like a stereotypical white girl, but this book really gave me a new perspective. Standing from a place of privilege, this book angered me. It made me sick for what people go through. It made me sick for what police put them through. It made me sick that people think that this is “just the way it is”.

I think that books like this, The Hate U Give, and Monday’s Not Coming, are books that should be required — or at least highly recommended — in high school English classes. We need more books like this. We need more books like this to become bestsellers, to be adapted, to get into the hands of young readers.

There just aren’t words for what this book did to me.

Links:
Goodreads
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Nic Stone

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