Book Review

DEAR MARTIN by Nic Stone

Rating: 5 / 5

When I pulled a reading prompt to read something it seems like everyone else has already read, that left me with a lot of options, so I decided to combine it with the prompt to read a book about racism and settled on Nic Stone’s DEAR MARTIN which has been sitting on my TBR for far too long!

DEAR MARTIN follows Justyce McAllister, a young Black man with big ambitions. He’s a top student and is bound for an Ivy League destination. Still, he sees the injustices of how he is treated by white police officers who don’t see past the color of his skin even when he is doing everything right. He begins looking at the words of Martin Luther King Jr. and writing a journal to Dr. King as he struggles with the ideas of racism and discrimination and peace.

This is a short and fast read, but it really packs a punch and leaves a lingering impression. I can absolutely see why it should be that (it feels like) everyone else has already read this one. Justyce presents an all to real picture of how situations can be mishandled and misconstrued. While he is only trying to help his drunk girl friend home safely, he is immediately suspected of doing everything wrong. Suddenly his dreams and hopes for the future are all called into question.

The painful hits in this one keep coming. Though brief, it is not an easy read, but it is one that is well worth while! If you are one of the couple others who have not yet picked this one up, I can’t recommend it enough. I will be looking to pick up the sequel DEAR JUSTYCE.

Reading Challenges:

#PopsugarReadingChallenge – a book everyone seems to have read but you
#AroundtheYearin52Books – a book about racism or race relations

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