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Dear Martin meets Just Mercy in this unflinching yet uplifting YA novel that explores the racist injustices in the American justice system.

Every week, seventeen-year-old Tracy Beaumont writes letters to Innocence X, asking the organization to help her father, an innocent Black man on death row. After seven years, Tracy is running out of time--her dad has only 267 days
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Hardcover, 416 pages
Expected publication: July 28th 2020 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Liz Lawson
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In short, this book is phenomenal.

Not only did the author tackle incredibly powerful, important issues of our times, she managed to do so while also writing a compulsively readable book with characters who grab you from page 1 -- who you care about and love by its end.

Add it to your 2020 TBR list, or you will be missing out on one of the best reads of the year.
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WHY IS NO ONE TALKING ABOUT THIS! I saw this on netgalley and requested it so fast lol. And that cover is beautiful yo!!
Chantal Aurora
Dec 18, 2019 is currently reading it
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I GOT AN ARC!!!! I am so excited to read this.


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The cover is so beautiful! this sounds so intriguing.
Kaya
Dec 25, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
There will never be a time we don't need more books tackling racism and the oppression of the justice system, and this one sounds like it'll be especially good. Also, the cover is beautiful!
Amy
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a DRC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.

This book was amazing. It brings race and justice system inequalities to the forefront while also having a compulsively readable story with characters you so desperately root for throughout. Tracy has been writing letters to Innocence X (a non-profit organization that conducts appeals on death row cases) for years. Her father has been on death row for 7 years and now, the
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Alexa Hamilton
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teenbooks
Tracy's life and emotions about her dad on death row are so palpable. Sometimes, at the beginning, they feel almost young even though she's a junior in high school. But then you remember how long her father has been away for and how that must feel, and everything works. This story really manages to tie together a number of story lines in a way that doesn't feel crowded. It feels like real life in a small town with historical race issues. I loved that this book was also a mystery. That wasn't ...more
Kinsey
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley for sending me an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book follows the footsteps of The Hate U Give, Dear Martin, and Just Mercy to further explore how the criminal system unfairly and unjustly affects African American families. Our main character is a smart, driven young women who writes letter to Innocence X trying to convince them to take her father's case so he can be exonerated and released from death row serving time for a crime he didn't
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Kinsey
Feb 17, 2020 marked it as to-read
This book follows the footsteps of The Hate U Give, Dear Martin, and Just Mercy to further explore how the criminal system unfairly and unjustly affects African American families. Our main character is a smart, driven young women who writes letter to Innocence X trying to convince them to take her father's case so he can be exonerated and released from death row serving time for a crime he didn't commit. Then her brother goes on the run when he becomes the main suspect for the killing of a young ...more
Traci Wilmoth
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this book, and cannot wait to teach it in my eleventh grade course. I already teach Dear Martin, but I would love to add this to my classroom library and syllabus.

If you liked Dear Martin, you will like this book. I enjoyed Nic Stone's character, but the book isn't as plot-driven as this one. Kim Johnson writes about two Americas, and that the world of Black America is very different than the other. The main character, Tracy, is fighting to get justice for her father, who sits on death
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Aubrey Marie
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was... WOW. The first thing that drew me in was the cover and the title. They just spoke to me. The description of a girl trying to get Innocence X to take on her father’s case who is on Death Row for a crime that he didn’t commit. Then her brother is suspected of murder and this track Star is now just another “delinquent” that everyone forgot they grew up with. As I read this, I was sucked in my all the new discoveries and all the turns in the story and each character. My heart was ...more
Rebecca Russell
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Unfortunately I read this book on the last day of 2019 because I truly believe it will be one of the best books of 2020. This book is an emotional and touching take on the mass incarceration epidemic and the cycle it creates, but it’s also the story of a family unit holding together against adversity. I found the romantic subplot somewhat unnecessary but helped show the dynamic of Tracy with her peers. I also liked the language and dynamic of the writing. It made it feel authentic. An incredible ...more
Mary
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book stands head and shoulders above recent YA novels I’ve read. Tracy Beaumont’s story — and that of her friends and family — is poignant and timely. Her work to engage “Innocence X” lawyers to help free her wrongly accused and wrongly convicted father, now less than a year from execution in a Texas prison, is beautifully realized through Kim Johnson’s writing. When Tracy’s brother is also accused of murder and goes on the run, the story takes twists and turns but never feels unlikely or ...more
Jenny Bravo
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am still in shock.
This was an amazing, poignant, necessary read. As a woman of color, this spoke volumes. I could feel all of Tracy's hurt while reading. It was a painful yet beautiful read. My heart is hurting and I need everyone to pick this up ASAP. This is a book that I made sure to speak about to everyone I know while I was going through it. POWERFUL.
Michele
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A murder mystery with a social justice angle. This thriller addresses issues that could easily be pulled from any day's headlines. An African-American man on death row for a crime he didn't commit. His son also falsely accused of murder. Corrupt police officers with ties to white supremacist organizations. Every shocking twist kept me turning the pages hoping for the truth to prevail.
Jenny Bravo
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am still in shock. This was an amazing, poignant, necessary read. As a woman of color, this spoke volumes. I could feel all of Tracy's hurt while reading. It was a painful yet beautiful read. My heart is hurting and I need everyone to pick this up ASAP. This is a book that I made sure to speak about to everyone I know while I was going through it. POWERFUL.
Roos
Jan 23, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Wow. My kind of book. I know this will be a tearjerker ...more
Lindsey
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This cover is dope! I can not wait to read this book #July28
Kevin
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucky enough to receive an ARC! What a journey of emotions. As a reader, it was thrilling to be Tracy’s co-pilot as she sought justice for her father on death row...all while navigating the later suspicion of her brothers involvement in a murder and the uncovering of her towns racist past/present. With how heavy the stakes were, I could feel the pressure of how calibrated each decision this high school student/daughter/sister/friend needed to be. Tracy’s decisions mattered! And, they affected ...more
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