Title: Dear Martin
Author: Nic Stone
Format: Digital ARC
Published: October 17, 2017 by Crown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Reading Period: December 18 – 23, 2017
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.
About the Author:
Nic Stone was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, GA, and the only thing she loves more than an adventure is a good story about one. After graduating from Spelman College, she worked extensively in teen mentoring and lived in Israel for a few years before returning to the US to write full-time. Growing up with a wide range of cultures, religions, and backgrounds, Stone strives to bring these diverse voices and stories to her work.
You can find her goofing off and/or fangirling over her husband and sons on most social media platforms as @getnicced or on her website nicstone.info.
Thank you NetGalley and Crown Books for Young Readers for sending me digital copy of Dear Martin in-exchange of honest review.
To be honest, I’m scared to review Dear Martin because I don’t think I’m in a place to do it. But this book opened my eyes, widen my perspectives, questioned our society and gave me so many feels.
Apologies for taking it so long to finish Dear Martin because I only get to read during free time and I do regret the times that I need to stop reading because I have to prioritize work.
Justyce McAllister is part of the debate team and top of his class and an aspiring student of an Ivy League. But none of those things matter when a police officer put a handcuff when he is helping someone. Justyce is a brave young man. I like it that in the process, he discovered so many things about his surroundings.
Dear Martin is so much, so full. To be honest, it is giving me a hard time to write a review because I don’t know how to start or what to include. It made me speechless. It twisted and broken my heart so many times. It is in good pace and I like how it was written.
This book tackles stereotyping and discrimination of race. There are different perspectives and opinions included, and all has a point. It opened my eyes how African-Americans struggles for their rights, freedom and non-violence, however, there are people who are not are not welcome or ready to welcome them. Despite that there is law about discrimination, African-Americans are still suffering and struggling. They are still striving to get their fair treatment from the society and it does not only happens in the United States of America but all over the world. Further, Dear Martin widen my perspectives. I couldn’t help but agree with other arguments lay down because it has a point. However, there are reasonings that I couldn’t help but react and made me angry, especially those narrow-minded opinions. There are so many times that I questioned our society. We are in the new Millenia, why do we still have this kind of situation or problem? There are laws that protects people, does the law really protects us or they are just written there and not being implemented? The stereotyping, racism, prejudice and discrimination in this story does not only voice out African-Americans but all POC. Moreover, there are so many terrifying, shocking twists that twisted and broken my heart so many times. I have so many feels for Dear Martin, it made me happy and steady but most of time angry and terrified.
Nevertheless, I’m very thankful that I get to read and review Dear Martin. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Dear Martin is amazingly and gloriously written. It is very engaging and worthy of your time.
“While the answer can be hard to come by, the point is to find the courage to ask the questions in the first place.” -Nic Stone
“How different would things have gone had I not been a black guy?”
“It’s like I’m trying to climb a mountain, but I’ve got one fool trying to shove me down so I won’t be on his level, and another fool tugging at my leg, trying to pull me to the ground he refuses to leave.”
“Knowing there are people who don’t want me to succeed is depressing. Especially coming from two directions.”
“If you know the stuff they’re saying isn’t true, why let it bother you?”
“It’s frustrating, man! When you work hard and earn your way, and people suggest you haven’t and you’re not worthy, that shit hurts, Doc.
Course it does, Jus. But who are you doing it for? Them? Or you?”
“I thought if I made sure to be an upstanding member of society, I’d be exempt from the stuff THOSE black guys deal with, you know? Really hard to swallow that I was wrong.”
“There’s no predicting people’s actions, but you can be prepared to face certain attitudes.”
“People often learn more from getting an undeserved pass than they would from being punished.”
“But at least you have an idea of what you’re up against. Try not to let it stop you from doing your best, all right?”
“…all the work I’m doing to try and get ahead in life, who am I doing it for?”
“Why try to do right if people will always look at me and assume wrong?”
“…people need the craziness in the world to make some sort of sense to them.”
“You can’t change how other people think and act, but you’re in full control of you. When it comes down to it, the only question that matters is this: If nothing in the world ever changes, what type of man are you gonna be?”
“the world is full of people who will always see me as inferior.”
“In the densest places of man, humanity most easily breaks down”