Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Publisher: Ember
Genre: Contemporary, YA
Length: Full Length (212 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

Justyce McAllister is a good kid, an honor student, and always there to help a friend—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates.
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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.

Gripping and fascinating, yet sad. What a book!

I have to admit I’m new to the work of Nic Stone. This is my first book by this author. The style is unique and the story fresh. This book was thought-provoking and eye-opening. The writing flowed well, and though there are a couple of different styles, it worked. I liked when Justyce journaled his letters to Martin. He writes letters to Martin Luther King Jr. in an attempt to make sense of what’s happening to him. I liked reading this from his perspective.

The book touches on affirmative action, profiling, racist jokes, going along with the flow, peer pressure and the determination to be one’s own person.  The book made me think and opened my eyes. I hadn’t known in quite such vivid detail what people like Justyce go through on a daily basis.  There are themes in the book that might be hard to read, but it’s worth the read. At just over 200 pages, it’s short enough to be a quick read, but long enough to make an impact. Grab a copy today.