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Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  1,123 ratings  ·  214 reviews
Trayvon Martin s parents take readers beyond the news cycle with an account only they could give: the intimate story of a tragically foreshortened life and the rise of a movement.

On a February evening in 2012, in a small town in central Florida, seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was walking home with candy and a can of juice in hand and talking on the phone with a friend
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Hardcover, 331 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by Spiegel & Grau
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Taryn
Five years ago, a neighborhood watch volunteer shot and killed seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin as he was walking back to the residence he was staying at with his father. The shooter was quickly released, but Trayvon's parents fought to have him tried in a court of law: "We’re not looking for revenge. We’re looking for justice—the same justice anyone would expect if their son were shot and killed for no reason.” They won their day in court and the battle played out in both in the media and the ...more
Brandice
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Six and a half years ago, Trayvon Martin was murdered - A 17 year old walking home in the rain on a Sunday night in late February, wearing a hoodie, with a bag of Skittles and a can of Arizona iced tea. His killer, George Zimmerman - racist, liar and neighborhood watch “captain”.

After a year and a half of searching for answers and demanding justice in the killing of our son, the man who admitted to shooting Trayvon was found not guilty of second-degree murder. Not guilty of manslaughter. Not g
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Tiffany Reads
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I literally have no words for this book. I finished the last sentence and simply stared at my kindle, then at the wall, and then back at my kindle. Devastating. Frustrating. Heartbreaking. Those are the first three words I thought of to describe this retelling of events from his parent's point of view. If you want an inside look at how police stations and trials work, then you should pick up this book. If you're in denial that racial profiling does exist in this country and that victims are made ...more
Erin
On February 26, 2012 17 year old Trayvon Martin was executed for the crime of walking while black, by a person with a history of violence including assaulting a police officer. George Zimmerman is Child Killer and he is free to walk the streets.

What Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin experienced was horrific and unimaginable. In Rest in Power Trayvon's parents take you on a nearly moment by moment walk through learning of the brutal slaying of their baby boy through the trial and its aftermath. Thi
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Rachel León
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
(4.5 stars, rounded up because this book destroyed me)

I remember when I first heard about Trayvon Martin and was saddened and enraged by this story of injustice. Shortly after I attended a Million Hoodie March event, which ignited a Anti-Racism Network in my city. I became involved in that organization, which is still active in one of the local housing projects and works with residents and law enforcement to promote peace and nonviolence. Trayvon Martin's story isn't the first of its kind and i
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Sharon Metcalf
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, netgalley
Living in Australia I was not aware of the Trayvon Martin case.   Having just finished reading  Rest In Power the book written by Trayvon's parents, Sybrina Fulton & Tracy Martin, following his senseless death in 2012 I have a strong desire to know more.  

Trayvon was a 17 year old African American boy, walking from the local shop and returning to the home he was staying at when he was shot and killed by the Neighbourhood Watchman.  The book tells of Sybrina & Tracy's experiences in learning of
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Adam
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As emotionally difficult it was to read this book (especially in public places), I can't begin to imagine how difficult it must have been for these parents to relive their most tragic moments in writing this book.
I'm glad they did. This is essential reading.
Rest in Power tells the story not just of parents who overcame the brutal murder of their child, but of two human beings who somehow channeled their immense sorrow into creating social change in the name of their son only days after his dea
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Maureen
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
I have seen other reviewers of this book say how hard it is to criticize these parents' book about the unfathomable loss of their young son and I agree it is hard to be critical of what is essentially the diary of these two grieving parents.

However, I found this book tediously repetitive. I did not find the characterization of Rachel Jeantel's testimony to be accurate in the least. I watched this young woman's testimony live and it was an unmitigated disaster. To blame it on anything other than
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Burneeka Y Tindale
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is very heartbreaking. It gave me anxiety to hear the story told by the parents. It was genius they way the book was written. If I had a tough experience reading the accounts of what happened to Trayvon Martin five years ago, then I know it must have been hard writing it. Great Book!!!
MyLoveAffairWithTheWrittenWord
Trayvon Martin certainly wasn't the first young, unarmed black man to be gunned down--and, sadly, he most likely will not be the last--but what sets his story apart is that his death became the catalyst for great social change and fights for injustice. Trayvon was a remarkable young man walking that fine line between boyhood and adulthood; he loved his parents, he loved his friends, and sure: he got into the usual teenage mischief (honestly, who hasn't?) but he was by no means a danger to anyone ...more
Marcos
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
How can one not love and feel so much sympathy and pain for the parents of Trayvon Martin? What a beautiful and poignant tribute. Keep fighting Tracy and Sybrina! We need folk like you to keep reminding us that race is still very much, a problem in our country. Thank you, thank you.
Andre
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rest in power, Trayvon. To have to bury your child under any circumstance, is devastating. Then to have to fight for justice for that child in the midst of mourning is crushing. Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the parents of Trayvon
fought the good fight and their battle is intimately described in this book.
The struggle to get justice for Trayvon was never fully realized as the killer was found not guilty.

The parents of Trayvon were cast in roles they never wanted to play yet they soldiered on
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Brenda
Dec 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Never having lost a child, I can't begin to understand what it would be like to share this experience with the Trayvon's parents. I can only empathize and give them kudos for standing up for their son and telling the story. This story is so tragic, and unjust that it is hard to even begin to write a review. The author did a good job of retelling the 2 years of frustratingly tragic, unjust events. Where the book lost me and and earned only a 3 star review in my opinion was that it was too long. S ...more
Jaclyn Crupi
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was living in Boston when I first heard about what happened to Trayvon Martin as the case was starting. I watched it most days and was completely horrified by the details of the case. When a not guilty verdict was delivered I was completely shocked. As an outsider it seemed to me that the American justice is completely broken. What broke my heart most in this book is that Trayvon's mother Sybrina expected that verdict and held no hope for justice through the legal system. This incredible woman ...more
Katbyrdie
This is a story of parents' grief, activism, and the states' racist judicial system. Chapters alternate between Tracy and Sybrina, going step by step through the most devastating days/weeks/years of their lives. It reads like a "behind-the-scenes" special, where you know the episode well, but are now learning the personal bits that gives everything new meaning. Readers should be enraged and heart-broken over new details.
Stephanie
Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Biography #19 of my Library Biography challenge.

Sybrina Fulton & Tracey Martin tell their side of the murder of their son, Trayvon Martin. They take the reader through the story of the days leading up to the murder, the murder, the seeking of justice, the trial, the verdict. The book flip flops between Sybrina's narrative & Tracey's. The problem with that is we often hear the same parts of the story multiple times - even quotations are repeated. Some of parts drag on and sometimes it becomes bor
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Rachel Kulik
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This review was originally posted on Rachel Reading. For 100+ more like this, check it out.

If anyone ever asks me what the hardest book I've ever read was, it would be this one. I read this right after finishing "The Hate U Give", and man. That was hard. It was hard to go from the fictional to the actual real, and to read a love letter from two parents to their son who was taken from us far too young. Trayvon would have turned 23 this year, and my heart just shatters.

This book follows Trayvon's
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Jeimy
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I had started reading this book as a NetGalley ARC and set it aside because I thought the parents were trying too hard to present their son as a saint. I did not feel Trayvon's life needed sanctification, his death was unjustified regardless of his past.

I purchased a copy of the book after reading The Hate U Give. Ironic that a fictionalized account would lead me back to this nonfiction, but the author of that book highlighted how the media and law enforcement agencies dig through the victims' b
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Kayla
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: political
Don't usually write reviews but the recent verdict on Philando Castile inspired me to try to make sense of events like these and promote works like these to others. It's difficult to rate the tragic retelling of the murder of a teenager, especially when written by his parents. I would definitely recommend it though. While there are a few glaring editing errors that I spotted, as well as a certain dryness at times, the book at its core is rawly emotional and gripping. No matter your thoughts on t ...more
Amanda
Mar 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting read, especially right after reading 'The Blood of Emmett Till'. I hate to complain about a book written by the grieving parents, but it probably could have used a little more original content and less quoting from speeches and proceedings. All in all a good read though of a terrible story.
Melissa
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Reading this story, written by his parents, in their own words, with their first person recollections of events, from when they first heard the news through the trial itself, you can't help but acutely feel the injustice of this all over again. It is a heartbreaking read, and I keep putting it down because it pulls no punches, it walks you through what they said and heard as they accepted this horrible event and tried to move forward through it. But even as I put it down, because it was just too ...more
Laura
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I want to beg every person I know to read this book. Even if you think you know the facts of the Trayvon Martin case, you don't know all of them because our media and our justice system failed this family. A child - A CHILD - murdered. This book will break your heart.

I started this in audio format and would recommend the audio over the print version. The alternating chapters are narrated by the parents. Hearing their emotions spill out when telling their stories takes this book to another level.
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Katie
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir
This was really hard to read. Trayvon Martin’s case was mishandled from the start. Stand Your Ground is abused as a vile defense for murder. Trayvon’s name and legacy are powerful and needed in the current era of American racial justice, but it came at such a high price. I have no words for the pain and suffering of his parents, Sybrina and Tracy, and his brother and family and friends. To not only lose their child, but watch the murderer’s defense put their son on trial, and then get away with ...more
Joyce Han
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My heart aches and I've never cried more from reading a book but this story reveals there are still many good people in this world who are fighting the good fight, despite what seems to be a very broken system. I still cannot seem to grasp the verdict of Trayvon's case and many others similar - it's quite clear we have much work to do as a society (especially with topics such as gun control/violence & racial profiling). We need to be asking ourselves what we can do within our power to stop trage ...more
Maggie Healey
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book "Rest in Power" is a very moving and eye opening book, it takes you through the whole process of every little detail that goes on in the lives of the parents of Trayvonn Martin throughout their different perspectives. The only complaint I would have for this book is just the fact that it is so repetitive but understandable because the same thing is happening but just told a little bit of a different way by each parent.
Angela
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A devastating memoir by parents who are incredibly strong. I have no other words at the moment.
Drea
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This should be required reading.
Alicia (PrettyBrownEyeReader)
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Emotional and necessary read. Trayvon's parents write about their lives, Trayvon's life and the aftermath of his death. Their words are extremely compelling.
Wendy
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So important and heart wrenching and relevant and brave and infuriating. Thank you to his parents who took the time to teach anyone who is interested in understanding race in America right now. Very very very important.
Katie Anne
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Devastating and so important.
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