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
And I don't want to feel forced to love a book just because of it's sensitive/important topic. I want to love a book because it's good.
PS: The synopsis basically spoils about 60% of the book?! Why would you do that?? ...more
There are many different ways in which we learn about the world. One of the most important ways is through personal experience. These experiences help to shape our views, opinions and really who we are as people.
As we all know, however, people experience the world differently for a variety of distinct reasons. Unfortunately, one way in which this is true is based upon the color of a person's skin.
I know that as a white person, given the innate privileges that come ...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 and 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 and discrimination, but none as bad as what Black people fac ...more
I know that’s quite a provocative quote for the beginning of a review but I decided to pick it because I like how it immediately causes you to think about it! I mean why indeed? If you play by the rules but no one else does, is it even worth to stick to them? Can one person change the prejudices that have been ingrained into society for generations? If others hurt and push you to your limits, should you just take it and let ...more
The fact that this story has and will end up in the hands of the exact people who will learn the most from it makes me so happy.
This is such a powerful and impactful story, and it's going to do untold good.
Bottom line: Just...good.
i don't know why it took me so long to pick this up but it was wrong and i am sorry.
review to come / ...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!! ...more
Dear Martin is about Justyce, a 17 year old high school senior at a prep school in Atlanta who, over the duration of the story, finds himself being treated inappropriately and unfairly in certain situations due to being a young African-American man. The book is timely with the social injustice that continues to pervade the U.S.
Justyce is aiming for an Ivy League college, balancing school, ...more
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
“You can't change how other people think and act, but you're in full control of you.”
I listened to the audiobook of Dear Martin and it was fantastic. Justyce’s story was real, important, and powerful. This was a short listen (less than five hours) but it packed a punch. I loved the concept of writing to Martin and I loved seeing things from Justyce’s perspective. One of my favorite things about reading is being able to be in someones head who’s perspective is totally differe ...more
Nic Stone has been on my radar for a long time so I'm glad I finally managed to pick up her bestselling debut novel. I really enjoyed it as it was a super quick read that didn't waste a word. Every page, every chapter grabbed my attention. I thought the characters were well-painted with only a small number of strokes. I couldn't help but feel as if the story was slightly fractured, only showing a few outt ...more
Challenge: Let a coin toss decide your first read.
I began reading this around 4.30pm and finished it by 7:25pm.
I was completely absorbed into the story and it left me in such a haze after I finished it.
If you loved The Hate U Give, then you’ll love this. I actually preferred this story and the format is was told in, the writing, the characters, and how the subject matter of the Black Lives Matter movement was spoken about.
Just a stunning novel.
Short BUT powerful.
As with THUG, the story and message was emotional, and captivating. It reflects the news we hear almost weekly here in the US. Black teenagers being killed, and police officers not being charged.
For me, these kind of books are a reminder that I've had it easy, compared to others. I grew up White, and in Europe, and have never been judged and profiled be ...more
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
representation: own voices Black characters, Jewish side character.
[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]
How do i even begin to talk about this? What an impactful book. The characters felt so real so everything just hit so hard... it was honestly devastating and incredibly anger-inducing to read. Just.... we need to do better, y'all. Stories like this ...more
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 heart and feelings. Before starting reading Dear Martin, I automatically compared it to The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, another YA contemporary book focused on #BlackLivesMatter movement. For the ones who don’t know what this movement is, it is based on racism towards black people a...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
Dear Martin is one of several YA novels that seem to have emerged in response to the killing of young black people by police officers in the U. S. and in keeping with the Black Lives Matter movement. Since it is YA and is likely going to be adopted in schools, it can provide ...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
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