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Dear Justyce

(Dear Martin #2)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  13,652 ratings  ·  2,109 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
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Published October 6th 2020 by Simon & Schuster Children's UK (first published September 29th 2020)
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Feb 22, 2020 marked it as to-read
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.
jv poore
Dear Justyce by Nic Stone is the Young Adult, Realistic Fiction companion to Dear Martin. But, please do not pass it by if you’ve not yet met these characters. Dear Justyce does just fine on its own.

Quan is, once again, in Juvenile Detention. The difference: this time…he actually may not have committed the crime for which he is accused. Yeah, he panicked when the very officer that killed Manny swung his weapon toward Quan and his crew. He even pulled his nasty little .22. And brilliantly, he le
What is life but for a cycle of suffering, the most intense moments coming when you least expect them?

I mean, sorry to be all doom and gloom on the TL today, but 1) it's accurate, you can't say it's not, 2) I'm being True To Myself and that's soooo important, and 3) I didn't like this book much even though I liked the one that came before it, and that's devastating even when I'm not in my shakiest mental state since my junior year of high school.

Oversharing is glamorous, right?

Anyway. Where Dear
Jessica | 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.

I love Nic Stone’s novels. I have read Dear Martin and now Dear Justyce. Both gave me the perspective of black teenagers. Stone’s characters seem so real. None of her characters are all good or all bad. Her style of writing really gets you in the character’
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sequels can be a difficult thing to pull off. Even more so when the sequel was one not originally planned by the author while writing the first book. So upon starting Dear Justyce, Nic Stone’s follow-up to her staggering novel Dear Martin, I really appreciated that the dedication she included not only thanked the boys that inspired the continuation of Quan’s story, but doubled as an explainer to why she decided to write this book in the end. It primed the reader for what this story was about, wh ...more
This author writes the most powerful novels in a compact format!!! Short but impactful!!!
It reminded me of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption and This Is My America, all three books focus on the justice system, and it's just heart breaking to read these stories.

I'm also loving how the two book covers mirror each other. Very clever!!

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4.5 Stars

Well it's a long time since I have read a book where I was as teary eyed as I was in this incredibly well written and moving story.

It just hit me right in the heart because it was about a young person who didn't feel worthy of the love, support and belief of those who were fighting for justice and for his future. Quan had been let down so many time throughout his life. It was painful to read about how Quan's options closed down around him forcing him towards the only type of 'family' th
After reading Dear Martin in November, I was so excited to see that Quan got a story. I think that reading Dear Martin before this one allows you to become even more connected to Quan and enjoy seeing Justyce, Doc, SJ, and other characters from that first book.

Dear Justyce was heartbreaking, infuriating, and emotional. Everything Quan goes through shows you how broken the justice system is and how much young people just need adults in their lives to believe in them. I was heartbroken reading Qu
Jenna | JennaStopReading
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
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

Dear Justyce is the sequel to Dear Martin and it was even more hard hitting and equally as important to read. It was a quick listen and I recommend everyone check it out!

Audio book source: Libby (library borrow)
Story Rating: 4 stars
Narrator: Dion Graham
Narration Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Contemporary
Length: 4 hours and 45 minutes

Ryan Buckby
Dec 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Resist when the world tries to convince you otherwise.

I really enjoyed Dear Martin and i'm glad this got a continuation with a new character who appeared in the previous one and I enjoyed how different the two were to each other.

Quan's story is so different to what Martin's story was but this story was so important and tells such an impactful story that anyone can read and understand. I enjoyed the flashbacks and the letters to Martin and seeing the story unfold that way and Nic has done such
Anyone else have 65,000 books that released in the past two months that you CANNOT wait to read!?

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

May 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***5 stars***

This story is powerful, realistic and heartbreaking. It talks about how broken and messed up the American justice system is, especially when it comes to black men. I almost read it in one sitting, it's that captivating.

Quan is a young black man who has been in a detention center for over 2 years, locked up for a murder he didn't commit. While serving time, he writes to his childhood friend, Justyce (MC from book 1), in hopes of getting some sort of help. And I'll stop here with the
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5 STARS ★★★★★
This book is for you if… you loved the format and grip of Dear Martin.

I love that, with this book, Nic gave voice to so many Black young people out there who haven't had somebody to listen to their story in earnest. So that they may see, although us white people still have an incredible amount of work to do and despite all our best efforts, there is still an incredible future waiting for them to conquer.

Somehow audible played and Dear Justyce right after one a
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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“He’s been charged with murder...they say he killed a police officer.”

We are first briefly introduced to Manny’s cousin Quan in “Dear Martin.” He’s not like Manny, whose parents drive fancy cars and flaunt their money. He hasn’t had life easy. His family doesn’t have much at all and he often goes without for his younger siblings’ sake. His stepfather; real father of his siblings, is both physically and verbally abusive to his mother. She won’t leave him. His real Dad is locked up.

Quan’s only wa
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jonathan K (Plot & Characters Matter)
While most sequels fail to live up, this one breaks the mold!

Having read, 'Dear Martin', the story of Justyce, a young black male who writes to MLK as a means to cope with racial issues, 'Dear Justyce' picks up where it left off. Nic Stone has a lyrical writing style and knows the racial injustice territory well. We meet Quan, one of Justyce's neighborhood 'home boys' in the first book. Years later Justyce is at Yale law school and the recipient of Quan's letters. Ms. Stone mentions in the epil
Jan 17, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Dear Justyce, the sequel to Dear Martin, Quan finds himself in jail, serving time for a shooting of a cop. To pass the time between being tutored and awaiting his trial, he writes letters to Justyce. Quan and Justyce are childhood friends and though they grew up in the same neighborhood, their lives are quite different. Quan didn’t have the same support as Justyce at home and he didn’t attend prep school.

Dear Justyce is a story of unfortunate realities including flawed and prejudice practice
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Nic Stone is SO underrated!!
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this is the sequel to dear martin. this book can act as a standalone, but i highly recommend reading the first one as well!

quan, an incarcerated teen, starts writing letters to justyce about his experiences in the prison system. his letters also detail his childhood and everything leading up to his arrest, including a coerced confession.

this is a well-written book detailing the harshness of our country’s school-to-prison pipeline and corrupt judicial system, but i like how it left readers with a
Colleen Foster
Mar 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What happens when your dad get's arrested and you feel like you have no one on your side? Your mom's boyfriend doesn't want you around because your not his son. And the only friend that you have goes off to private school? You make another family with people you think care about you. But then a cop get's shot and you take the blame for something you didn't do. Who cares about you now? ...more
Jay Coles
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Y'all already know. Nic does it again. Just wow. ...more
Bookphenomena (Micky)
I wouldn’t have believed it, but this read even surpassed Dear Martin for me and I think that was somewhat to do with the continuation and connection to these characters spinning on from book one. Jus was his epic self but he was a side character in Quan’s story.

Nic Stone wrote realistically, painfully so, transmitting all the feelings and hurt. Quan who I didn’t like all that much in Dear Martin, carved a special place in my heart. Being able to see the world through his perspective, his narrat
Lou (nonfiction fiend)
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Louise (Louus_library)
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
I need to own every edition of this beautifully gutting book. Nic Stone is a legend.

If you've read Dear Martin, then you know who Quan is. Or you think you do. Jusytce and Quan have had very different lives. Justyce has always been on the track for success, but every since a bad experience with a substitute teacher, Quan has been wrongly deemed a delinquent. When he finds people who finally believe in him, he's willing to do whatever to takes to keep them, even when it lands him in prison.

Brittany McCann
Dear Justyce is about Quan and what can happen in the life of a young black man who does not have a healthy home to grow up that provided the soundboard and support that allowed Justyce to go to a better school and off to college. At the same time, Quan ended up behind bars and wrongfully accused of murder.

Quan's story is told mostly in his own words as he writes letters to Justyce about his thoughts and history of how he ended up where he is today. Quan did not have a healthy and safe place to
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do you see how quickly I devoured this book? Did you? Just making sure.
I loved this book so much that I read EVERYTHING. As in the note, in the beginning, the actual story, the note at the end, the acknowledgments, and the preview to Dear Martin even though I already read the book. I was so desperate for the book to continue that I kept going till there was nothing left. Nic Stone is such a good writer, and now I'm on the lookout for anything with her name on the cover.
At the beginning of the
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#1) Dear Martin ★★★★☆

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Representation: Quan (mc) Black, PTSD & anxiety; Justyce (mc) Black; Doc (sc) Black & gay; Sarah-Jane (sc/li) Jewish; Black & BIPOC scs.

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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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