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Dear Justyce

(Dear Martin #2)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  8,125 ratings  ·  1,517 reviews
In the stunning and hard-hitting sequel to the New York Times bestseller Dear Martin, incarcerated teen Quan writes letters to Justyce about his experiences in the American prison system.

Shortly after teenager Quan enters a not guilty plea for the shooting death of a police officer, he is placed in a holding cell to await trial. Through a series of flashbacks and letters t
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 29th 2020 by Crown
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Feb 22, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Gosh, I’m so excited for this.
Dear Martin is so good and so underrated. It’s up there with THUG. It’s as relevant and as important.
jv poore
Dear Justyce by Nic Stone is the Young Adult, Realistic Fiction companion to Dear Martin. But, please do not pass it by if you’ve not yet met these characters. Dear Justyce does just fine on its own.

Quan is, once again, in Juvenile Detention. The difference: this time…he actually may not have committed the crime for which he is accused. Yeah, he panicked when the very officer that killed Manny swung his weapon toward Quan and his crew. He even pulled his nasty little .22. And brilliantly, he le
Sep 12, 2020 rated it liked it
I picked up Dear Martin a week ago on a whim and then remembered that I was sent an e-ARC of the sequel so I made quick work of both books. I liked the first one but wasn't overly excited about it but I had higher hopes for this one since it's been a few years since the author published her debut novel and I wanted to see whether her writing had changed much.

To be honest, I had almost the exact same problems with Justyce as with Martin. I didn't find the story very engaging or deep. It said what
Jessica | JustReadingJess
Dear Justyce by Nic Stone is a great YA own voices novel about the American juvenile justice system.

Dear Justyce is an excellent sequel to Dear Martin. It can be read as a standalone, but this series is so good I highly recommend reading both.

I love Nic Stone’s novels. I have read Dear Martin and now Dear Justyce. Both gave me the perspective of black teenagers. Stone’s characters seem so real. None of her characters are all good or all bad. Her style of writing really gets you in the character’
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Sequels can be a difficult thing to pull off. Even more so when the sequel was one not originally planned by the author while writing the first book. So upon starting Dear Justyce, Nic Stone’s follow-up to her staggering novel Dear Martin, I really appreciated that the dedication she included not only thanked the boys that inspired the continuation of Quan’s story, but doubled as an explainer to why she decided to write this book in the end. It primed the reader for what this story was about, wh ...more
What is life but for a cycle of suffering, the most intense moments coming when you least expect them?

I mean, sorry to be all doom and gloom on the TL today, but 1) it's accurate, you can't say it's not, 2) I'm being True To Myself and that's soooo important, and 3) I didn't like this book much even though I liked the one that came before it, and that's devastating even when I'm not in my shakiest mental state since my junior year of high school.

Oversharing is glamorous, right?

Anyway. Where Dear
C.G. Drews
This was such a brilliant and wholly needed follow up to Dear Martin. The actual aching reality within these page (and in the author's notes too) will really hook into your heart. This book focuses on Black kids from the USA who are left in this cycle of having nothing, being coded as "bad kids", and then falling into that path because half the time they're pushed.

The story is about Quan (not Justyce this time though he comes in at the end!!) and he's awaiting trial for murder he didn't commit b
This author writes the most powerful novels in a compact format!!! Short but impactful!!!
It reminded me of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption and This Is My America, all three books focus on the justice system, and it's just heart breaking to read these stories.

I'm also loving how the two book covers mirror each other. Very clever!!

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After reading Dear Martin in November, I was so excited to see that Quan got a story. I think that reading Dear Martin before this one allows you to become even more connected to Quan and enjoy seeing Justyce, Doc, SJ, and other characters from that first book.

Dear Justyce was heartbreaking, infuriating, and emotional. Everything Quan goes through shows you how broken the justice system is and how much young people just need adults in their lives to believe in them. I was heartbroken reading Qu
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars

Dear Justyce is the sequel to Dear Martin and it was even more hard hitting and equally as important to read. It was a quick listen and I recommend everyone check it out!

Audio book source: Libby (library borrow)
Story Rating: 4 stars
Narrator: Dion Graham
Narration Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Contemporary
Length: 4 hours and 45 minutes

Jenna | JennaStopReading
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When people ask me, “Do you like standalone novels or series more?” I always say standalone. I am not one to read sequels very often. My experience in the past has always been that the sequel pretty much never lives up to the first book. Nic Stone may have just changed my opinion with Dear Justyce. I read this book in one sitting and gave it 5 stars – the 6th book (out of 47) I’ve awarded 5 stars to this year.

The book can stand on its own without reading Dear Martin first, but I do think you wil
Anyone else have 65,000 books that released in the past two months that you CANNOT wait to read!?

I am so excited for this one. The world needs more Justyce!

Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dear Justyce by Nic Stone is a powerful and necessary follow up to Dear Martin, and in this novel, Nic Stone gives voices to those who are too often unheard because of their skin color, poverty, education, lack of support and legal representation.
Like Justyce who wrote letters to Martin Luther King, Quan writes letters from jail to Justyce. Through flashbacks and these letters, readers learn about Quan's troubled past--incarcerated father, abusive stepfather, search for "family," unfair treatmen
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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“He’s been charged with murder...they say he killed a police officer.”

We are first briefly introduced to Manny’s cousin Quan in “Dear Martin.” He’s not like Manny, whose parents drive fancy cars and flaunt their money. He hasn’t had life easy. His family doesn’t have much at all and he often goes without for his younger siblings’ sake. His stepfather; real father of his siblings, is both physically and verbally abusive to his mother. She won’t leave him. His real Dad is locked up.

Quan’s only wa
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I love the direction Nic Stone took with this sequel. The writing style, the characterization, the creative and powerful. Having read Dear Martin over the summer, I can definitely say that you do not want to miss out on this second book. It is a whole other level.
Jonathan K
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While most sequels fail to live up, this one breaks the mold!

Having read, 'Dear Martin', the story of Justyce, a young black male who writes to MLK as a means to cope with racial issues, 'Dear Justyce' picks up where it left off. Nic Stone has a lyrical writing style and knows the racial injustice territory well. We meet Quan, one of Justyce's neighborhood 'home boys' in the first book. Years later Justyce is at Yale law school and the recipient of Quan's letters. Ms. Stone mentions in the epil
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nic Stone is SO underrated!!
Bookphenomena (Micky)
I wouldn’t have believed it, but this read even surpassed Dear Martin for me and I think that was somewhat to do with the continuation and connection to these characters spinning on from book one. Jus was his epic self but he was a side character in Quan’s story.

Nic Stone wrote realistically, painfully so, transmitting all the feelings and hurt. Quan who I didn’t like all that much in Dear Martin, carved a special place in my heart. Being able to see the world through his perspective, his narrat
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dear Justyce is the sequel to Dear Martin and is a damning indictment of the huge impact race and inequality can have on young black lives. It isn't strictly necessary to have read its predecessor beforehand as they both work perfectly as standalone novels but it is also a worthwhile read. At a time when race relations are being discussed much more, not just in America, where this book is set, but across the wider world, stories such as these are so very important. It is an emotional, unflinchin ...more
Jay Coles
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Y'all already know. Nic does it again. Just wow. ...more
Louise (Louus_library)
In this sequel to Dear Martin, incarcerated Quan writes letters to Justyce and through these and a series of flashbacks to his childhood, his story unravels. He talks about his dad being dragged away by the police when he was young, the domestic abuse his mother experiences from his new stepfather, struggling financially growing up and his experiences in the American Prison system.

Even though Quan was determined not to end up in prison like his father certain life events and struggles forced him
Dear Justyce is about Quan and what can happen in the life of a young black man who does not have a healthy home to grow up that provided the soundboard and support that allowed Justyce to go to a better school and off to college. At the same time, Quan ended up behind bars and wrongfully accused of murder.

Quan's story is told mostly in his own words as he writes letters to Justyce about his thoughts and history of how he ended up where he is today. Quan did not have a healthy and safe place to
I need to own every edition of this beautifully gutting book. Nic Stone is a legend.

If you've read Dear Martin, then you know who Quan is. Or you think you do. Jusytce and Quan have had very different lives. Justyce has always been on the track for success, but every since a bad experience with a substitute teacher, Quan has been wrongly deemed a delinquent. When he finds people who finally believe in him, he's willing to do whatever to takes to keep them, even when it lands him in prison.

Jessica Marsh
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a powerful and breathtaking book! Nic Stone really did it again.
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Do you see how quickly I devoured this book? Did you? Just making sure.
I loved this book so much that I read EVERYTHING. As in the note, in the beginning, the actual story, the note at the end, the acknowledgments, and the preview to Dear Martin even though I already read the book. I was so desperate for the book to continue that I kept going till there was nothing left. Nic Stone is such a good writer, and now I'm on the lookout for anything with her name on the cover.
At the beginning of the
I'm pretty bummed that COVID happened the same year Nic Stone was supposed to visit my school. It would have been a perfect time for my students to read this book and hear this voice. So since "Dear Martin" was on the summer reading list for some of them this year, I am making it a point to recommend this book to all of my classes in lieu of her visit.

"Dear Justyce" takes place a few months following the events of the first book, and while it's not entirely necessary to have read "Dear Martin",
Melanie Sligh
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nic Stone does it again. The raw, real, heartbreaking story of Dear Justyce is a must read for everyone. (Not just middle grade, everyone).

Let me preface this and say I am a white passing person, so I have not and most likely never have to deal with any of the injustices and blatant racism Quan faces. I will never fully understand or can act like I do. What I can do is understand how realistic this story is and continue to educate myself and family in order for stories like Quan’s to be only a
Misse Jones
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Nic Stone has DONE IT AGAIN!!

Stone’s debut, Dear Martin is a story of hope and overcoming obstacles through the choices one makes. A rare sort of “happily ever after” that oftentimes does not occur. Dear Justyce, on the other hand, is sheer realistic fiction at its finest but it downright kept it REAL. It is not just the story of Vernell LaQuan (Quan) Banks Jr., but the unfortunate plight of many Black young men and women who are systemically trapped and held back from life outside of four conc
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Wanna never suffer any real consequences? Straight-white-cis-maleness and money, friends. Keys to the goddamn kingdom."

It is what it is my friends!
Tomes And Textiles
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
I finished this one in October and I have no idea why I didn't update my status, but I loved it and I have notes and will pull together a full review soon ...more
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Nic Stone was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, GA, and the only thing she loves more than an adventure is a good story about one. After graduating from Spelman College, she worked extensively in teen mentoring and lived in Israel for a few years before returning to the US to write full-time. Growing up with a wide range of cultures, religions, and backgrounds, Stone strives to bring these d ...more

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