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This Is My America

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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 left.
ebook, 416 pages
Published July 28th 2020 by Random House Children's Books
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Elyse Honestly, 10+. This is real life right here and a good lesson for any child that this is what black people are dealing with, have to deal, with every …moreHonestly, 10+. This is real life right here and a good lesson for any child that this is what black people are dealing with, have to deal, with every day in America. There is no swearing, very little to no violence, no sex (just kissing). It's a sophisticated teenage look at our justice system, our police, racism and racial profiling, white supremacy, etc. It's a really great book.(less)
Nick Yes, definitely. See the answer above. In an absorbing fictional way it deals with current issues of race, justice and families. It's also good for ad…moreYes, definitely. See the answer above. In an absorbing fictional way it deals with current issues of race, justice and families. It's also good for adults (I'm 71, read it in 2 days!)(less)

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Review to come - but I very much enjoyed this!
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
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
In This Is My America Tracy’s dad has less than a year on death row before his execution date, serving time for a crime he did not commit. Every week, Tracy diligently writes to Innocence X, seeking the organization’s legal assistance in pursuing an appeal.

One night, Tracy’s older brother Jamal, a Baylor bound track star, is accused of murdering Angela, a white student from school. Jamal flees, fearing a life on the run is his only option after seeing his father’s outcome.

Tracy is determined t
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.
5 Stars!

TW: Murder, Lynching (in the past tense), Racism, Black Trauma, White Supremacists, Death Row, Police Brutality

I'm just going to come out and say it. This book was not on my radar at all in the sense of it becoming one of my favourite books of the year. If I remember correctly I'd pre-ordered it because of the topic and then I ended up reading this as part of a roll for my September Bookoplathon, and I have never felt so happy to read this.

This has a lot of trigger warnings going into th
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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.
Strong performance!!! Very much reminded me of Dear Martin and Just Mercy, but it also had a whodunit subplot which I loved.

Very well done.

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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
I think that the slew of books on the topics of racial justice and racial inequality by ownvoices authors are very important and I'm thankful I had the opportunity to read this one. It's billed as a combination of Dear Martin and Just Mercy and while I can't say for sure that this is true (I haven't read Just Mercy yet), I would imagine that's a very accurate description.

I found Kim Johnson's book to be extremely informative, well written and heartbreaking. Similarly, when I read Dear Martin a
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
GUYS. This book was incredible and I’m pretty sure that I have a new favorite YA book.

It follows Tracy, whose father is on death row. Her dad doesn’t have a lot of time left and she’s doing everything in her power to try and clear his name, including writing weekly letters to Innocence X, an organization that helps inmates who are on death row. There’s also Tracy’s brother, Jamal, who’s a promising young track star until the day that a white girl is murdered and he’s accused of killing her. Now
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.
Claude's Bookzone
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well that was an incredible book.

I have to say that was the most emotional I have been in a YA book that tackles the issue of community and police racism, and inequality in the justice system. At times I felt furious, at times I felt fearful and stressed, and at times I was overwhelmed by sadness. It really was an incredibly engaging story of the battle to save two innocent black men.

The author addressed quite a few issues in this book with intelligence and respect. I was so sad during the ‘Know
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
This is My America is a hard-hitting YA debut that is part mystery/thriller, part look at racism, the American criminal justice system, and how incarceration affects families. It's very, very good, but was also quite difficult to read at times.

Tracy Beaumont's father is on death row for murders he did not commit. Every week she writes letters to Innocence X (an organization modeled on the one led by Bryan Stevenson) asking them to take his case before time runs out. But then, her brother is acc
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars, 2021
‘A school shooter can come out alive but a Black kid in handcuffs on the ground can be shot, unchecked. An AK-47 in a white hand has more rights than a black kid with Skittles.’

2021 books: 3/45
Richie Partington
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, box6
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 (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
Monte Price
This was just one of those books that became apparent pretty early on that it wasn't for me, but I held out hope that maybe the investigation aspect into Angela's death would turn things around for me. While that was the part of the book I was able to latch onto and enjoy the most as the other plot lines felt raw a little too close to say I enjoyed them, it still wasn't enough to raise my overall enjoyment of the book. In a lot of ways this story felt average and in other ways as though I wasn't ...more
This was a really strong and really necessary exploration of systemic racism in the US criminal justice system and how deeply white supremacy is rooted into it. The story is told in a very realistic style, which makes it a heavy, emotional read at times, but it had me crying from happiness towards the end - it's ultimately hopeful as well. ...more
Kelly Lyn
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
so many emotions from the very first chapter.
J. Greene
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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'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
Jessica Clark
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kim Johnson is a powerhouse. Is this her debut novel??? Cause baaaaby... she KILLT it.

If one person asked me what book would I recommend for 2020.. it’s This Is My America. The themes, plot, story line, characters... they are all relevant to today. This was a fast paced book through and through. I was reading this EVERYWHERE because I couldn't put it down. This gripping story of a family dealing with our (un)justice system is so true even today. I can’t believe (I mean I can believe it) that thi
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
*Please check Caidyn’s review before diving into this book as he has listed all the trigger warnings for topics contained in this book!!!!*

This book just flat out sucker punched me and the author’s note states best - to leave you with hope but also realise the very real life struggles that mass incarceration leaves on those imprisoned and the families on the outside.

Tracey is our protagonist who writes letters to innocence X in an attempt for them to take on her father’s case as his execution d
A heart wrenching exploration and reflection of past and present racial 'justice' and inequality. The audio book was really powerful and Bahni Turpin's narration was on point! That last 15% really had my heart racing and tears welling. The beauty in choosing fiction here allowed Johnson to explore and really call out the institutional racism in criminal justice in a constructive and meaningful way while still controlling her narrative and choosing her own ending. I really appreciated her portray ...more
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
Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
This book was a lot and filled me with anxiety. It sheds light on what black people continuously go through in this country. And it’s not pretty.

Update: Review written for Pine Reads Review

Trigger Warnings: Murder, racism, (off the page) lynching, anti-Blackness, police brutality, death of a parent

“A school shooter can come out alive but a Black kid in handcuffs on the ground can be shot, unchecked. An AK-47 in a white hand has more rights than a Black kid with skittles.”

Tracy Beaumont is a unyielding high school junior determined to prove her father’s innocence. Every week for seven years she writes letters to Innocence X, who she hope
M.  [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
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