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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 timeher dad has only 267 days left.
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Unknown Binding, 416 pages
Expected publication: July 1st 2020 by Random House Children's Books
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The Artisan Geek
Dec 29, 2019 marked it as to-read
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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.
 johely (astoldbyjohely)
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
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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.
Richie Partington
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Richies 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 isnt 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 weve exonerated nine innocent people, the most ever in the Innocence Projects 26-year history, and helped pass 17 wrongful
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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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Kaya
Dec 25, 2019 marked it as to-read
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!
Lauren
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kim Johnsons This Is My America is a searing look into the racial inequality and injustice that continues to permeate modern society.

For the past seven years, Tracy Beaumont has written a weekly letter to Innocence X, begging the organization to help exonerate her father, who was wrongly convicted of a double murder charge and sentenced to death. With less than a year left to save her father, the unthinkable happens: the police show up looking for her older brother, Jamal. Afraid that hell
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Laura Gardner
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 for THIS IS MY AMERICA by debut author @kcjohnsonwrites ; thanks to @getunderlined for sharing this ARC with me when I shamelessly begged. Out July 28!
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Justice and injustice, #blacklivesmatter, an innocent man on death row, racism. THIS IS MY AMERICA is YA at its best. Its being marketed as DEAR MARTIN meets JUST MERCY and I agree 💯. This book is 🔥 and I can already think of 10+ students who will love it. .
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Tracy Beaumont has been writing Innocence X once a week for 7 years to get
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Andee
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you NetGalley for this ARC.

Did you read Just Mercy? Read This Is My America.
Did you read Stamped? Read This Is My America
Did you read The Hate U Give? Read This Is My America.
Didn't read either? Read This Is My America

I'm a huge Just Mercy fan, so I could see where this fictional tale was headed from the beginning and it did not disappoint. Tracy's father is on death row for a murder he didn't commit and soon, Tracy's brother is on the run for the same reason. Tracy's letters to Innocent
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Sarah M
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is really a 4.5 instead of a 4 star read. I would first like to thank the publisher for sending me this eARC to review! There were so many shocking twists and turns in this book. Once the action began, which happened relatively quickly, the pacing of the book really picked up and made it difficult to put the book down. Tracy Beaumont is such an inspiring character. Its so empowering to read a character around my age who looks like me, standing up against the injustice and racism in her ...more
Alexa Hamilton
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Kevin
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lucky enough to receive an ARC! What a journey of emotions. As a reader, it was thrilling to be Tracys 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. Tracys decisions mattered! And, they affected ...more
Jenny Bravo
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley for e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

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.
Katelyn
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of my most anticipated releases and it did not disappoint!

For the past seven years Tracy Beaumont has written a letter to Innocence X, begging the non profit organization to look into her father's case. Her father has been wrongfully convicted of a double murder and has been sentenced to death. Tracys father now has less than a year before the prison kills him. One day the police show up looking for Jamal (Tracys older brother).

This was wonderful. At times I was truly shocked. This book
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SUE HOBSON
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I loved this book! First of all the cover is beautiful, which is what initially drew me to taking a look about what it was about. This is a YA Novel, about racism and social injustices. A story about a teenage girl who writes the Innocence X project for 7 years to try and get her dad exonerated of a crime he did not commit. When the police show up at her house to question her brother Jamal in a crime, the horror begins again. This was a couldn't put down book for me. One of the best books I've ...more
Michelle
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Wow. This one was a powerhouse of a teen novel. I loved the focus on the family of a wrongly accused man (and young man) and how unflinching this was about racism and the "justice" system. I also loved the connection to one of my favorite books, Just Mercy, and Bryan Stevenson. If I have any criticism, it's that justice rarely happens so quickly in the cases of the wrongly accused. But this is a really good book, IMO better than Dear Martin and right up there in the stratosphere of excellence ...more
Jenna Freedman
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a probable/improbable tale of how the deck is stacked against Black Americans. Probable in that the America Tracy Beaumont lives in locked up her dad and is coming for her brother. Improbable in her relentless tenacity in fighting for their lives.

Despite the content being completely in line with my interests, I didn't love This Is My America as much as I expected to. Maybe Tracy was too perfect, as were her fellow saviors. Maybe I wasn't all that into the love triangle or the white
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Isabella Ramirez
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kim Johnson's, This is My America, is a timely book and I recommend it for people who enjoy reading books like Angie Thomas' The Hate You Give. What I found unique about this book is that looks not just at police brutality but also at the justice system and the consequences that it has on the family and community at large. It also introduces the rise of hate groups, which unfortunately we have seen on the rise. Our leading lady, is a fierce and loyal human who is willing to do anything to save ...more
Ms. Yingling
Apr 07, 2020 rated it liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss

Really good, but a bit too YA for my school. High school libraries will definitely want to purchase.
Nicole
Copy received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review to come soon!
shalawilput
Many thanks to NetGalley and Random House Childrens for providing me with a free DRC in exchange for an honest review.

Tracy Beaumont, the main character of our story has one thing on her mind, her fathers pending date of execution. She has written hundreds of letters to Innocence X in hopes that they will take on her fathers case, to prove his innocence. Yet, every letter has gone unanswered and with her fathers execution less than a year away, she is getting desperate. But then the unthinkable
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Angela Branham
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Riveting, realistic portrayal of a black family's battle against injustice with the police, the court system and within their own community. This novel mirrors the US Court System's own tragic history, continuing to struggle with a plethora of injustices and wrongful convictions that need to be overturned AND, most importantly, stopped from happening in the first place.
booksforbrit
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Social injustice, diversity.

Teenage daughter finds justice for her dad who is in prison for killing two white people.

She writes letters to Mr. Jones for 7 years to get the justice her dad deserves, as she believes him to be innocent. She believes this because her family is witness to him being home at the time of the murders. Should be easy, right? Except that her family is black and justice doesnt come easy for them in America.

Great read.
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Staci Vought
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Strong voices and VERY strong premise/plot line. The writing style isnt compelling and some characters are not carefully crafted, but it was an impactful read - couldnt put it down once her brother was accused of murder. ...more
Kate
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
This is a really well-written, compelling book that tackles issues of racism in the criminal justice system from the point of view of a relatable protagonist. I thought Johnson did an excellent job of tackling issues of racism in policing, convictions, and sentencing, as well as the growing--and increasingly visible--presence of white supremacist groups in the US. Johnson deftly linked historic manifestations of white supremacy (e.g. the Klan, lynchings) to contemporary manifestations in a way ...more
Kinsey
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
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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Traci Wilmoth
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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 fathers case who is on Death Row for a crime that he didnt 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 pulled ...more
Mary
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book stands head and shoulders above recent YA novels Ive read. Tracy Beaumonts 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 Johnsons writing. When Tracys brother is also accused of murder and goes on the run, the story takes twists and turns but never feels unlikely or ...more
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