Dear Martin

Dear Martin

Book - 2017
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Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him.
Publisher: New York : Crown Books for Young Readers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101939499
1101939494
9781101939512
Characteristics: 210 pages ; 23 cm

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reshmitham
Sep 08, 2020

Justyce seems to have his life in control. He’s top of his class and is probably gonna be admitted to an ivy league, but nothing could have prepared him for getting arrested by a police officer. And even after leaving his neighborhood, that incident still haunts Justyce. So, Justyce finds his peace within talking to Martin Luther King Jr. through letters. He writes about his anger, his frustration, and seems to control his feelings. But when a police officer stops Justyce and his best friend, Manny, because their music was too loud, chaos is unveiled. Shots are fired, and even though Justyce isn’t at fault, society seems to think he was responsible.

The thing I love most about this book is it gets the reader to think about day to day inequality. This book did so much to help me get educated on racism, and I would recommend this to so many people I know. It is so powerful and moving, and it’s definitely worth it.

Something that bothered me would probably be the formats this book was written in. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I felt that it was a bit confusing when I had to go through a third-person narrator, Martins’ letters to MLK, and then to a script format of situations.

All in all, this is a must-read novel that will definitely get you thinking about present society.

Hillsboro_RobP Jul 16, 2020

Nic Stone explores both the theories of racism as they often present themselves along a political split (debate club features heavily), and the lived experiences of two black friends in a predominantly white private high school in Georgia.
It swings rapidly from terrifying to touching, funny to conflicted, and brings the reader into the story for a ride on a race roller-coaster, but the most important aspect at the center of the story is friendship.

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creativegirly123
Apr 02, 2020

1/1 would recommend for anyone. I'm not one to like reading at all but this book is amazing. This book is pretty short but it tells a really good story displaying the bi-partisan politics of America and how it affects millions of people throughout America. It outlines the story of a black male being racially profiled and his struggles with present-day America's issues with racism and segregation. It reminds me of The Hate U Give.

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CThomasBooks
Mar 15, 2020

Explores racism in a thorough and engaging way.

STPL_Kerry Nov 02, 2019

This Y.A novel by Nic Stone was really engaging. She has a casual, easy writing style (there are some amazingly articulated debate dialogues that I loved) and she creates these layered characters that are real, and intelligent (and some frustrating!). This is a very honest, bare account of experiences surrounding the issues of race relations in the U.S that were inspired by true events that had happened. It is a difficult subject, however she renders it in a way that is not preachy or alienating. My only complaint is that this book ended too fast!!
I can't wait to read more by Nic Stone.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 21, 2019

In Dear Martin, we meet Justyce McAllister, a senior in high school who finds himself a victim of racial profiling. He’s a top student at school, Yale-bound, and has never been in trouble. His negative encounter with the police leads him to start a special project: He will look to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. We watch Juystce battle racism from classmates at his predominately white prep school, disdain from his former peers in the rough neighborhood he grew up in, and even doubt from his mom and best friend Marcus (the only other black student in their class). In my opinion this book was quite intriguing because of the fact that Justyce was getting in trouble even though he didn’t do anything wrong and he was a top student in school. I feel like racial profiling is a huge problem in this day and age that’s why we need to try and fix this issue ASAP! Though the storyline was pretty unique compared to other books that have been written by Nic Stone. The characters and the pace of the book were well balanced. This book’s storyline was a completely new experience for me because I have never seen anyone near to me nor myself being racially profiled but that certainly doesn’t make it a less of an issue. This book is undoubtedly more understandable if you are reading with an open mind. Dear Martin has also exceeded my expectations and I certainly would recommend this to fellow teens that like learning and enjoying other people’s experiences throughout life. Amazing Book!!! 4.5/5 stars
@Sun_Fish of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Today I will be reviewing Nic Stone's Dear Martin. Dear Martin is an amazing book that discusses racism, although the actual book is fiction it definitely gives the reader an idea of how life can be for an African American in society. What I like about this book is how it captures different aspects and different point if views in society of different races, it shows how close minded people can be. The book is based on a fictional story but has a sense of reality to it. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in race relations or anyone who has an interest in racism in America. I would rate this book a 5/5.
@GhostedBooks of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Gina_Vee Oct 19, 2019

This was a hard read for me. In fact, it was so hard that I couldn't write this until I read it a second time. The book goes deep into the subject of race as it plays out and as it's discussed in real life. It's worth the read.

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lxpetrik
Jul 03, 2019

Excellent, excellent, excellent!

I highly recommend this (sadly) contemporary read about race and culture in America. Very real and gets you right in the gut.

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zoeythekat
Mar 01, 2019

This was a fast-paced and thought provoking piece about race relations in the 21st century. I think there could have been a little bit more exploration into less overt racism to kind of a show a sliding scale, but one part that I really appreciated (and thought was unique to this piece as compared to other books with similar plot lines) was when a white ally apologized for speaking on behalf of the main character about racism rather than giving him the space and support to speak for himself.

SPL_Brittany Feb 13, 2019

A fast paced, thought-provoking engrossing read, that will delight fans of Angie Thomas's "The Hate U Give". Told in compelling prose, Nic Stone's novel focuses on the reality of race relations today, and the struggle that seventeen college-bound Justyce McAllister faces in trying to understand them, and who he is, through the letters he writes to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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