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 neighborhood behind, he ...more
CW: racism, police brutality
Dear Martin had me captivated the entire time, I seriously could not put it down. I finished it in under 3 hours so if you are looking for a short yet intense read, this is the one for you!
I feel I avoided Dear Martin for a few months because I assumed the entire novel was written in letters to Dr. King, which is not a format I prefer to read. I was pleasantly surprised to find the letters complimented the chronological storytelling, ...more
There’s honestly not much else to say about this book. Despite being incredibly short, I think Dear Martin speaks for itself about racism and hatred and prejudice. It’s hard to write a book that makes a reader feel, but reading this book just made me feel like I was being punched in the gut, over and over. This was just so emotionally real. While the characters may not get many specific traits, they all feel so much like real people. It takes a ...more
I honestly have no idea why this isn’t getting more hype, because this book is absolutely beautiful, important, and poignant. It opens eyes & minds about issues that are happening RIGHT NOW, and it offers perspective from people who are the ones facing those issues. This is a book everyone should read.
First, I’d like to say that I am a person of color, but I am not black. I’ve faced racism, bias, and other forms of prejudice & discrimination, but none as bad as what black people ...more
First of all, I'm obviously white and realllllly can' ...more
This book is literally one of the best I've read in ages and deserves equal amount of hype as The Hate U Give. I cannot stress how much people need to read this book!
buddy read with my most favoritest son (theo) ever!!!
I want a good read and I know for a fact this will be a fabulous read!!
Do you ever just start a book and think ‘Oh you, you’re going to be a favourite’? Because that’s exactly what I felt when I opened this book and read the first chapter. By the second I was crying, and smiling, laughing, and in so much pain.
This book is mostly about Justyce, a seventeen-year-old black boy, trying to understand where he stands in his own life, what is opinion on racial inequalities is, what does it mean for him to be black in this white supr ...more
Because it doesn't simply tell a story; it introduces the reader to various important equality-related topics and values.
Note the word ''introduces''. It will not go into extreme length about, for instance, affirmative action, but it will talk about it in a way that makes the reader understand easily and then want to talk about it themselves by using their own examples.
Martin Luther King is som ...more
First of all, I have to say I am not a native english speaker so, please, I prefer to not be attacked, if I made any mistakes. Instead of do that, it would be nice if you corrected me, thank you :)
Most importantly, I would like to thank NetGalley and publishers for allowing me to read this book. Thank you very much.
Actual rating: 3.5 stars
Writing this review won’t be easy because of this book destroyed my hear...more
DEAR MARTIN is a masterpiece. There's simply no other way to describe it. It's a work of art that will leave you breathless and sobbing and unable to stop thinking about it.
I'm amazed by how well-done everything is: the characters, the story, the writing, the cover, the plot twists...It fully deserves 5 stars, and I wish I could give it more.
When this book releases, there's no excuse for not reading it. You simply have to. If you like contemporary? R ...more
This book will inevitably be compared to ...more
R A M B L E
I’m not sure if I’ll ever have words for how amazing this book is. I read it while moving and wow. I simply had to sit down and continue reading no matter what I was doing. There were no if, buts, maybes about it. I had to read this book. It was a book that forced me to recognise both the privilege and prejudice in my own life. I’m white and my family really isn’t well off, but I have been given many opportunities throughout my life that needs to be recog ...more
I really enjoyed this book! It was short, but covered so many important topics. The main character is Justyce McAllister. He is a African-American male, high school senior that is at the top of his class. The book starts off with a police officer putting him in handcuffs because he was helping his ex-girlfriend late at ...more
The characterisation is brilliant.
The execution is flawless.
I ran the full emotional gauntlet with this one; joy, fear, pain, anger, rage, disgust, confusion, revulsion.
This isn't just required reading, its necessary reading.
What an outstanding debut novel.
(Btw, I listened to the audiobook of this novel and if you're thinking about giving it a try, I highly recommend you do. The narrator did an amazing job.)
Nic Stone hat ein Jugendbuch verfasst, dass neben ...more
Quick points before posting review:
- From the very first chapter, I knew I would love reading from Justyce's point of view. It's a third person limited POV and we see him taking care of his ex-girlfriend who is drunk, despite breaking up recently. I knew from then Jus- debate team captain, scored almost perfect on the SAT+ACT, Yale-bound, boy after my own heart - was a car ...more
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I’ll begin my review of Dear Martin by stating the obvious: this is a vastly important book. It focuses on the experiences of a black teenage boy in America, a demographic that is so often demonized in the media and in society. It’s a raw, honest portrayal of the main character, Justyce, grappling with the fact that h ...more
Though rough around the edges, three words pulse in my veins upon finishing this book: truth, present, and voice. They are what makes this story so.
But I'd be lying if I didn't have reservations with how some characters were developed and the timeliness of it all. But those are non-issues to why Dear Martin is necessary.
Also fun trivia: Jeff Zentner (author of The Serpent King) makes a cameo in this, and that was just lovely.
--Full review to come.
Yes, I read this book in a day but that was because it was only 210 pages. I struggle with trusting a YA book that's only 210 pages, cause that's short! Like THE GREAT GATSBY short and surprise, I didn't like THE GREAT GATSBY. I felt like there needed to be more. I read in the acknowledgements that Nic ...more