Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Dear Martin (Dear Martin, #1)

by Nic Stone

After a traffic stop turns violent at the hands of the police, a young Black teen grapples with racism—and what it means for his future. Critically acclaimed author Nic Stone boldly tackles America’s troubled history with race relations in her gripping debut novel.
"Raw and gripping." –JASON REYNOLDS, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism, and You
Justyce 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 without cause.
When faced with injustice, 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 and a friend spark the fury of an off-duty cop. Words fly, shots are fired, and the boys get caught in the crosshairs. But in the media fallout, it's Justyce who is under attack.
"A must-read!” –ANGIE THOMAS, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give

"Powerful, wrenching.” –JOHN GREEN, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down

Reviewed by layawaydragon on

5 of 5 stars

Content Warning: Racism, Police Brutality, Blackface, Sexism, Toxic Masculinity,

Amazing. I love the audio version, the way he speaks and gets all quiet at times. I love how it included his letters to Martin, articles and news clippings. His last letter to Martin....

And if you can't understand after all that, I don't know what to fucking tell you.

Notes While Reading:
>>Police brutality off the bat , trying to help drunk ex-girlfriend from driving home drunk.
>>"hoe", "bro talk", sexist shit.
>>Oh damn! Same cop! No sympathy here...
>>Yay content warning from professor about the class discussion
>>PTSD is real
>>FUCK JARED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
>>I love you SJ, but reel it back a bit.
>>"We'll never be seen as criminals before people." - real talk from SJ
>>Oh gods, they blackfaced MLK jr. in a school play.
>>LOL Mama.
>>Oh gods no. No no no no no no no
>>OH HELL FUCKING NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
>>Manny was sO hoping Justyce would pull out so he could too and not be the bad guy.
>>GOOD. FUCK BLAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
>>ooooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooo Justyce and SJ!!
>> "How was it suppose to come out?" lolol omfg I'm blushing, it's so embarrassing and adorable.
>>SJ apologized for speaking for him!!
>>lol only an hour and a half way. She knew that QUICK.
>>So adorable.
>>I love the awkward self doubt and third person stuff.
>>Fucking Jared. Fucking whining about affirmative action BS. Pouty whiny white boy don't know shit.
>>"sound like a girl with this gossipping shit" -ugh Justyce with the toxic masculinity upkeep.
>>Hmmmm, Manny scared of black women. Wish this was delved into more but...
>>"He probably shouldn't have because of *feelings*.
>>Awww YAY!!!!! lol SJ throwing away the cup lol
>>FUCK BLAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
>>Poor Manny.
>>Oh fuck that "masta set you free" comment to Hell and back.
>>"Some people learn more from an undeserved pass than a punishment." - Interesting, Manny's dad.
>>Damn, cousin in jail.
>>Wow Martel, clever. Clever.
>>Awww the Freedmen's love him so much!!
>>Fuck, testifying is painful.
>> Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. But better than a walk....
>>GOOD! Again, I feel no fucking sympathy.
>>Wow Jared. Good on you Justyce.

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