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Dear Justyce

(Dear Martin #2)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  19 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
Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: October 6th 2020 by Crown (first published October 1st 2020)
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Feb 22, 2020 marked it as to-read
Gosh, Im so excited for this.
Dear Martin is so good and so underrated. Its up there with THUG. Its as relevant and as important.
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was hard to read and also hard to put down. The follow up to Dear Martin, Nic did a great job of revealing Quans world and how he tried to break free from a cycle of unstable family relationships and financial insecurity; only to get caught up in gang violence. Narrative is told largely through letters Quan writes while incarcerated, to his childhood friend, Justyce, who is attending Yale. Points out the injustice and racial bias of the court system while trying to detail the ...more
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a moving and powerful story! At times it was hard to read because this is a "fictional" story about things that happen all the time. It was so eye opening and I'm thankful for all Nic taught me through Quan and Justyce!
Erica Bundy
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is Stones best book yet!! A super gritty read, this books lifts the voices of kids who REALLY try to make good decisions, but everything is stacked against them. Immerse yourself in the world of the school to prison pipeline, systemic racism, our (in)justice system, domestic violence, and gang culture. Quan started out like Justyce, but no one was in his corner. He looked for family and understanding, finding it in the Black Jihad gang, and then finding himself trapped in juvenile ...more
Pernille Ripp
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So Im going to try to put into words how I feel about this book, but Im not sure if I can properly do this book justice Nic Stone shoves us into present reality, forces us to think about the systems where kids despite doing everything in their power to follow the crazy rules and structures we have set up for success, still fail because the system continues to remove everything that kept them going. And not always by design but sometimes just by happenstance because thats how cruel the ...more
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ever since I first picked up a Nic Stone book, I have felt that her works need to be seen far and wide. I recommend her pieces to friends and family, educators and business folk. Because the one thing about Nic, even though she writes fiction, is that her books need to be read. And they need to be read by everyone. Her books should be in our schools, libraries, and sitting on our home bookshelves.

This heart wrenching story follows Quan, a boy with a traumatic childhood who winds up running
Kali Cole
Apr 03, 2020 rated it liked it
I truly think that this book has a ton of potential, but Im not going to lie, this book didnt hit me as hard as I wanted it to. If a book is going to be written about such a deep and necessary topic, I really want to see that raw, unfiltered content. Not everything has a happy ending and can easily be solved. Another thing that made this really challenging to read is the structure and time of the novel. The perspective changes were making it extremely hard to concentrate. There is also a ton of ...more
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A must read.
Bryan Loar
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nic Stone has created a memorable follow up to Dear Martin. Vernell LaQuan Banks Jr. (Quan) struggles with both internal and external forces that devalue his worth and humanity. Through a series of tragic events*, Quan faces manslaughter charges, threatening the young mans freedom and state of mind. Stones writing oscillates between despair, hope and redemption, and Stone doesnt shy away from contemporary topics such as race, the school-to-prison pipeline and diverse relationships. Although Nic ...more
Josh Stumpenhorst
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dear Martin was such a powerful book, I wasn't sure how Stone could follow it up. Well, she did. This is such a great book that is both heart breaking and uplifting at the same time. One that should be read, shared, and reread.
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Oh dear, I hate to be writing this and even as I'm writing this, I'm torn between a 2 or 3 star. I love Nic Stone so much. She is an amazing person that is open and vocal in the black community but also the LGBTQ+ community. I have met her recently and she was the kindest person ever and we had a really great conversation! So it pains me that I did not particularly like this book that much.

Also, this might be a little spoiler-y, but nothing major! I swear!

Let me start off with things that I
There is a flow to the story that makes you blink and the book is done. It's fast-paced in a real and guttural way that readers are so focused on Quan's story they want to do nothing more than follow the full journey (and I love how Stone mentions several times that she never set out to write anything like a sequel or companion but she did it after the multitude of interactions with kids and then even on the last page tries to put it to bed too).

Quan was a minor character in Dear Martin and now
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I just finished this book today. I find societal expectations versus realities to be skewed and this book really just shouted this at me. I appreciated this book for Stones ability to make Quan real for me and therefore really look at the injustices he faced, and the lack of support that placed him in the situation in which he finds himself.
But may I confess that SJ really annoyed me? Her character was nothing at all except being very rude towards Jared who yes was a horrible person in the
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
This is such an important book and Im so happy I was able to read it early. This hits me hard as an educator in our current environment during COVID-19 because I know many of my students are in family situations similar to Quans and it breaks my heart knowing these kids dont have their teacher/school support systems right now. This was such a good story and I hope many people read it and take up the mantle of being a supporter of someone in need.

Thank you Nic Stone for sending this book my way.
The Artisan Geek
Nov 29, 2019 marked it as to-read
Just bought Dear Martin a couple of days ago, exciting to see there's going to be another novel coming out!

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Megan Fortas
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-2020
Thank you, Crown Publishings and Penguin Random House for an advance copy that I got from my work!

I was thrilled that I was able to get an ARC of this book! I ABSOLUTELY loved this book! Loved seeing Quan and his storyline! I was delighted to see the characters from Dear Martin! One of my favourite books of the year! Will be buying a finished copy and putting on my favourites shelf!
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John Schoen-McCullough
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Staci Lamb
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The perfect companion to Dear Martin. There was just enough nostalgia mixed with the new.
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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 ...more

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