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This Is My America

4.65  ·  Rating details ·  452 ratings  ·  282 reviews
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 left.
ebook, 416 pages
Published July 28th 2020 by Random House Children's Books
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Review to come - but I very much enjoyed this!
Ashley Nuckles
I finished this in one sitting, and it was PHENOMENAL! I was honestly anxious and sickened throughout a good portion of this, at the actions of others and how they led to such a real situation that’s happening every single day to this day. But this story brought so much light to that, and I HIGHLY recommend reading this. Definitely one of my favorite stories of the year so far.
Liz Lawson
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
2020 has a been crap year, but it's producing some gems!

TW: murder, off the page lynching (historical), racism, Black trauma, white nationalist groups

This Is My America is more than just a book about a young girl attempting to get her father out of prison. It is a close examination of mass incarceration and how mass incarceration affects families. Quite often we look at mass incarceration from the perspective of those that are being incarcerated never giving a second thought to the family memb
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Netgalley and Random House Children's for providing an ARC of This is My America by Kim Johnson.

Tracy writes letters to Innocence X to help get her father out of prison for a crime he didnt commit. For 7 years he has been sitting on death row. Then a crime is committed in their town in Texas and Tracy's brother Jamal is the main suspect.

This book is so revelant with everything that is happening today. With the black lives movement. Trying to get justice for these crimes that are being
The Artisan Geek
Dec 29, 2019 marked it as to-read

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Angela Staudt
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

“I want to be angry that Jamal ran, but I can’t blame him. What else are you supposed to do when the world treats you like a monster?”

This Is My America is a book that is so relevant in today’s world and is such a heartbreaking but powerful book. This book follows Tracy as she writes letters to Innocence X once a week to help get her father off death row, which is where he has been for the past seven years. He only has a couple of
Jenny Baker
4.5 stars

Fantastic! The amazingly talented Bahni Turpin narrates the audiobook. I absolutely love how she narrates! She’s one of my favorite female audiobook narrators. This is My America is emotional, important, and current. I love the characters! The story breaks my heart (and makes me angry), because it happens so often. My eyes watered more than once, especially at the end. I recommend this 100%. This book is ideal for fans of Angie Thomas.
Richie Partington
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Richie’s Picks: THIS IS MY AMERICA by Kim Johnson, Random House, July 2020, 416 p., 978-0-593-11876-4

“You might be the wrong color
You might be too poor
Justice isn’t something just anyone can afford
You might not pull the trigger
You might be out in the car
And you might get a lethal injection
‘Cause we take a metaphor that far”
-- Ani Difranco, “Crime for Crime” (1995)

“In 2018, together we’ve exonerated nine innocent people, the most ever in the Innocence Project’s 26-year history, and helped pass 17
Caidyn (NO LONGER ACTIVE; he/him/his)
I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

CW: racism, death penalty, murder, KKK attack, past lynching, absence of a parent due to jail, and general tension

I guess YA contemporary fiction really is my genre, because the more that I read, the more I like it. Didn't quite expect that! But this book was fantastic. I can't believe that this is a debut and I hope that so many people pick it up. It fits in with so many of the antiracism books I've been reading to educate mys
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is My America is such a good book, and you need to add it to your summer TBR! I was excited to see that this book was about an innocence case in Texas, and I couldn't wait to check it out. My sister used to volunteer with The Innocence Project of Texas, and it's an organization that I admire.

This is My America grabbed my attention from the start, and it was very easy to get invested in the characters and story. This book takes you through so many emotions, and it's done so well.

I'm not go
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!!! Full review to come.
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
'This is My America' is a gripping, page-turning novel of activism in motion. The book accurately depicts the injustices of the American justice system, and how it’s turned away from fairness, justice, and the concept of innocent until proven guilty. But notably, how the justice system often knowingly points towards the legal enslavement of Black people, Black men to be specific.

At the helm of the story is Tracy, a teenager whose father is on death row with just months left until his scheduled
This is an important and powerful look at the criminal justice system's historic racism in America. It's going to mean a lot of things to a lot of readers, and that it's hitting shelves right now is painfully timely....and, as it stands right now, unfortunately timeless.

That said, I wish it had been edited better. The characters aren't super well developed and there's not an emotional honesty to Tracy outside the letters she writes, which aren't as many as the book led me to believe. That story
Maggie [storme reads a lot]
It was ironic I picked up this book when I was reading Just Mercy, but it suited me to be reading them side by side at the same time. It was not planned, but it enhanced my reading.

Tracy has been writing letters for six years to Innocence X for them to look at her fathers case. He is sitting on death row, but he is innocent. His family had an alibi for him, but since there was a white man as a witness, he was charged with murders he did not commit. She wants her father to be free, and she is goi
WOW! 5🌟⠀

I finished this one last night and it was so many wonderful things. Honest, unflinching, thrilling, hopeful, heart wrenching. I was on the edge of my seat and on the verge of tears. ⠀

Kim Johnson has penned the next new must read! (The book that I wish didn’t have to exist if white people would check their privilege and racism and make sweeping changes in prison and police reform.) With a nod to Just Mercy (and reminiscent of All American Boys, and THUG), THIS IS MY AMERICA will expand
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5/5 ✨

I want this book to be required reading in every high school in this country. This is such a powerful story and does not hold back punches.

Our main character is a very strong person but her heart does cause her to be careless but it makes sense because she is a teenager. This felt like a very realistic portrayal of a teen who is striving to make a change and save her family. I loved seeing the workshops she held, the ending where we find out she starts her own podcast. It just felt so genui
Geraldine (geraldinereads)
Tracy Beaumont has been writing to Innocence X for the past 7 years hoping that they will be able to help her father, who is on death row serving time for a crime he did not commit (although fictitious, Innocence X is inspired by the Equal Justice Initiative and the Innocence Project). On top of that, Tracey's brother, Jamal, has been accused of killing a white girl named Angela in the small racist town they live in. Tracey now has to find out what really happened the day Angela was killed in or ...more
Inquisitive Bookworm
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a phenomenal book! Kim Johnson's characters leap off the page -- they have so much personality, emotional depth, and authenticity. This is one of those novels where you forget that you're reading a book once you start getting into it -- it's that immersive. It tackles the topic of racial injustice in the United States with such precision and care, and it ultimately concludes with a hopeful and uplifting ending. Seriously -- what a great book! It left me speechless. Definitely adding this on ...more
Chantal Aurora
I GOT AN ARC!!!! I am so excited to read this.

Original pre review
The cover is so beautiful! this sounds so intriguing.
johely (bookrokosmos)
WHY IS NO ONE TALKING ABOUT THIS! I saw this on netgalley and requested it so fast lol. And that cover is beautiful yo!!
Chidimma Desiree
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars

“This is My America” by Kim Johnson is a young adult contemporary that centers around a teenage girl, Tracy, who’s dad has been on death row for seven years. Tracy’s father is innocent and each week she writes letter to the Innocence X organization hoping that they respond and take on his case. Time is running out though and Tracy is getting more and more restless. Things take a turn for the worst when Tracy’s brother, Jamal, is accused of murdering a white girl, Angela. Tracy doesn’t
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Book Review: This Is My America⁣
By: @kcjohnsonwrites ⁣
Genre: YA Contemporary ⁣
Format: ARC thank you to my friends at @getunderlined for my gifted copy!⁣

Tracy’s father is on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. With Texas being a death penalty state, Tracy is against the clock to prove his innocence. Tracy writes letters to Innocence X- a legal organization that provides services to people wrongfully committed. Tracy’s brother, Jamal, suddenly goes on the run after speculation he’s involved i
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
* Arc provided by NetGalley*

Review: 5/5 ✨

This book is so fucking important. This is the book that everyone needs to pick up the second it’s released. This is such an unapologetic portrayal of what being black in America is like: the good and the bad.

I loved the study of having a relationship with a white person, lots of good conversations in that aspect but also in what it means to be an ally and how sometimes that isn’t enough.

This book was terrifying and heart wrenching but I adored reading it
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I finished This is My America by @kcjohnsonwrites a few days ago but needed this time to process my thoughts. This book was everything and more. You have racial tensions, murder, mystery, wrongful conviction, and romance. Everything that is in this book resonates with the times today. The way Black men are treated in society. The so called justice system and death row. Imagine being a 17 year old Black girl who has the threat of losing not only her father but her older brother, this is a fear fo ...more
Jun 03, 2020 marked it as to-read
How the HELL was this not on my tbr before?!
Claire Olivia
4.5 stars

This is a truly exceptional book that deserves to be widely read. It reminded me of THE HATE U GIVE in theme and tone. The characters are the best part, I think. Tracy's father was kind and compassionate, and you could see that from his interactions with his family. Her relationship with her brother was realistic, from the way they fight and the way they care for each other. Her younger sister could have been fleshed out more, and I don't feel that Tracy's relationship with Dean was eve
Neha Thakkar
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I sat in on a panel for Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds remix of Stamped and then stayed up until 11:15 to finish this book. Amazing characters and parallels to current events. It wasn’t a fairy tale ending, but brought hope in uncertain times, along with reminding the reader that we have a responsibility to our communities to be better.
Library Of Lexie
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: black-author-tbr
I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I want to thank The publisher, and the author Kim Johnson.

I’m so happy I got the opportunity as a young black women to read this book. I was able to relate to this in a lot of ways. This is a story that you don’t read about often. People being wrongly imprisoned for crimes they didn’t commit. Tracy as a young girl in high school is trying to find a way to prove her father’s innocence, and defend her family. I loved reading abo
Alyse Liebovich
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-lit, audio-book
"An AK-47 in a white hand has more rights than a Black kid with Skittles."

I listened to this practically in one session while deep-cleaning my apartment today and was completely engaged the entire time. A plot-line paralleling many of today's headlines with very realistic characters and lots of twists and turns. This is sure to be on the top of a lot of readers' 2020 favorites lists. (Thank you to for the free audiobook as part of their Librarian collection!)

"It started a debate in hist
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“The prison-industrial complex is a $182 billion industry that feeds off the lives of Black, brown, and poor people caught up in its vicious cycle.* While mass incarceration is a complex problem, I wanted to simply (ha ha) focus on how it’s almost impossible to prove someone is innocent without adequate representation.” 0 likes
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