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Dear Justyce

(Dear Martin #2)

4.59  ·  Rating details ·  1,469 ratings  ·  455 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.
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 Kafka | 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.

Quan is a teen in juvenile detention for killing a cop. Dear Justyce describes how Quan got there with flashbacks, recent stories, and letters to Justyce (the main character from Dear Martin). No matter what Quan did he was viewed as guilty by everyone incl
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
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
Anyone else have 65,000 books releasing in the next two months that you CANNOT wait to read!?

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

Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.
Lou Baillache
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Jessica Marsh
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a powerful and breathtaking book! Nic Stone really did it again.
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
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 Quan’s 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 circumst ...more
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: met-author, netgalley
Thank you to NetGalley, Random House Children's, Crown Books for Young Readers, and Nic Stone for the opportunity to read Dear Justyce in exchange for an honest review.

Dear Martin follows Justyce in his pursuit of equal rights as he writes letters to Martin Luther King that help him express what is going on in his life and the way African-Americans are still being treated.

Dear Justyce is the sequel to Dear Martin and follows the story of Quan, a young African-American boy who just seems to be in
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dear Justyce is a very quick read and not as poignant for me as Dear Martin. I was generous in my rating only because I think books about the incarcerated youth of our country are necessary to have in circulation. I know kids like Quan. I know families he comes from, because I am from one. I could relate to the protagonist on a personal level.

Now, I did have a few qualms about the book’s format and the dialogue between the characters. I did not like the deviation from story telling to pieced tog
While Justyce had many advantages in his life, despite being a Black boy wrongly incarcerated and treated unfairly by the system, this is the story of his childhood pal Quan, who doesn't have any of those advantages. As Nic says in her author's note at the end, the reality is there are far more kids like Quan in the juvenile justice system, and his story is one that doesn't get told with the kind of empathy, compassion, and understanding that it deserves. This book does that and so much more.

I need to own every edition of this beautifully gutting book. Nic Stone is a legend.
Pernille Ripp
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So I’m going to try to put into words how I feel about this book, but I’m 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 that’s how cruel the circum ...more
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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!
Toya (the reading chemist)
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up!

After finishing Dear Martin, I honestly didn't know if a sequel was necessary because I thought Justyce's story was essential done. However, Nic tossed us one heck of a curveball by giving us Dear Justyce, which mainly follows the story of Quan.

I honestly can't even compare the two stories because Justyce and Quan are like apples in oranges. What I will say is that Justyce's story is one that reminds me of my own. It's the poor Black child who is able to find opportunities
Traci at The Stacks
Oct 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked this book and thought it was a great way to present incarcerated youth as full and complex people. The story was a little sweet for my taste and a little too clean. If you've never thought about juvenile incarceration this might be a nice place to start, especially if you're a young reader (as the book is YA) or you are uncomfortable with harsh realities.
Oct 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, lgbtq
An important story and sequel, but one that didn’t emotionally knock seven shades of shit out of me like Dear Martin. More like an emotional backhand across the face this time round.
Melissa ~ Missy (FrayedBooks)
Dear Martin - ★★★★★
Dear Justyce - ★★★★★

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Dear Justyce by Nic Stone

I first read Dear Martin as an ARC back in 2017 and it blew me away with the way it dealt with racial issues and the divide between Black and white youth. Those issues were relevant then, they are relevant now, and they will continue to be relevant.

Dear Justyce is a sequel to Dear Martin and I highly suggest reading these stories back to back to fully appreciate them.

I decided to
Katja (Life and Other Disasters)
*I was provided with an eARC by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!*

CW: racial profiling, police brutality, incarceration, domestic abuse, mention of sleep paralysis, anxiety and depression

I have been a huge fan of Nic Stone’s novel Dear Martin and while I didn’t expect for there to be a sequel (or companion novel?), I was excited to get the chance to revisit these characters. However, this book isn’t as much about Justyce as it is about Quan, a boy with a very differen
Fabulous Book Fiend
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow this book was so powerful but just like Dear Martin it left me incredibly sad. This novel has an authors note both at the beginning and at the end and they really add to the power of the message and the story within.

I really loved the way this book links with Dear Martin, that these two characters are from the same neighborhood and that neighborhood still has the same issues uncovered in Dear Martin. This book also really highlights through the narrative and also through Nic Stone's choices
Maryam || a_typical_teen_reader

As I read the first chapter, I knew this was going to be phenomenal. I’ve been waiting for Quan’s side of the story since Dear, Martin. It sucked me right in with just a few heartfelt words. How Nic Stone can pack such an breath-taking, brave and unflinching account of the cruel life of incarcerated African-American who just want to survive in this cold world, into such a short book is unbelievable. Already I could feel all the pain and loneliness Quan was suffering with in his
Erica Bundy
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is Stone’s 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 detentio ...more
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Better than “Dear Martin?” Possibly. I don’t have the wits about to me write a coherent review after just finishing this book, but I can’t wait for my mom to read it so we can share thoughts.

Highly recommended.
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, audio-book-2020
Not sure I can give this anything less than five stars. Stone has done it again (as if there was any doubt). I'm still in awe and speechless about what I read.

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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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