Dear Martin by Nic Stone @simonschusterUK

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Book Description:

Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone boldly tackles American race relations in this bestselling novel.

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 neighbourhood 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 police officer 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.

Return to the world of Dear Martin in the stunning NEW novel from Nic Stone, Dear Justyce. 

My Thoughts:

Through Justyce, we get to see what life is like from a young black male’s point of view. Justyce is someone who any parent would be proud off, he is doing great at school and has his head screwed on. Things take a turn in his life when he is falsely arrested.

I felt so many emotions whilst reading this book, mainly of sadness and anger. Justyce is struggling with his feelings and thoughts with the recent turns of events and starts to write them down in the form of a letters/journal to Martin Luther King Jr. It felt very personal reading someone’s most inner thoughts. It made me think back to my time as a seventeen year old and the trivial issues I thought were huge at that time yet now feel so little in comparison to what sadly so many still have to face like Justyce even in the present, real day. He even has to face constant racist remarks from his close white friends! It was sad to see the gap widening between them all.

Dear Martin is a relatively short read at less than 200 pages but it packs a real punch. It evoked a whole heap of emotions at the injustice of what some of the characters have to face. It actually made me feel sick to the stomach at how things get twisted in the media and the courts. Even though it’s classed as a young adult book, it’s one that should be read by everyone. As soon as I finished this book and saw there was a book two, I went ahead and purchased it straight away. A story that will stick with me for a long time and one I hope that we, as a human race can learn from.

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