Powerful, wrenching JOHN GREEN,New York Times bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down Raw and gripping JASON REYNOLDS, New York Times bestselling coauthor of All American BoysA mustread! ANGIE THOMAS,New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U GiveRaw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunningNew York Times bestselling debut, a William C Morris Award FinalistJustyce McAllister is a good kid, an honor student, and always there to help a friendbut none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs Despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can't escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmatesJustyce looks to the teachings of Dr Martin Luther King Jr for answers But do they hold up any? He starts a journal to Dr King to find outThen comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned upway up, sparking the fury of a white offduty cop beside them Words fly Shots are fired Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs In the media fallout, it's Justyce who is under attackVivid and powerful Booklist, Starred Review A visceral portrait of a young man reckoning with the ugly, persistent violence of social injustice Publishers Weekly Every moment of this felt like a punch to the gut There’s honestly not much else to say about this book Despite being incredibly short, I think Dear Martin speaks for itself about racism and hatred and prejudice It’s hard to write a book that makes a reader feel, but reading this book just made me feel like I was being punched in the gut, over and over This was just so emotionally real While the characters may not get many specific traits, they all feel so much like real people It takes a lot of talent to make characters feel so true in so few pages Where this book truly exceeds, though, is the thematics I'd utterly second my friend Destiny's words as to the themes of internalized racism What I specifically loved about this book, and something I'm not sure you'll get from any other book, is the emphasis on Justyce's feeling like a political debate rather than a person Holy shit, this is the realest feeling as marginalized person It's like your personhood is being taken away You are nothing but the thing that cuts you off, not to your friends, to your enemies, to your teachers You are there to be a political pawn You are there to be a counterexample None of your opinions are your own they are your group's opinions, because god forbid we think of marginalized people as anything but a monolith There is so much about this here, done in a way that's sensitive and kind I think no one put it better than Adriana @PerpetualPages in their review this book asks, and better yet, doesn't try to perfectly answer, whether the time for respectability politics is over I feel like people are going to ignore this because of The Hate U Give, an equally important and fantastic book: and can I just say: you shouldn't Yes, they're both kind of about #blacklivesmatter, but they deal with different facets of racism and in completely different ways The Hate U Give deals with cop violence and racial profiling, yes, but I'd argue that its focus lies on how to stand up in a society filled with systematic racism Meanwhile, Dear Martin focuses on toxic masculinity and the socialization of black boys in our society, the way in which they are taught they arecriminal than everyone else in some indefinable way Both have slightly different focuses when discussing racism, both are very different books, and both are totally worth reading It wasn't quite a five star book for me; the beginning felt a little rough, in particular After a heartbreaking and nearperfect first couple chapters, the middle section is meditative and dialoguefull with a romance that feels somewhat bland But in the end, it all works to the book's advantage The second half of this book makes everything worth it I truly felt so much towards the end And in fact, the ending of this book is one of the best book endings I have ever read It is so full of hope hope for change, hope for continued life, hope for us to continue growing as people and as nations A lot of the changes we can make in the future need to be guided along by people in positions of privilege We need to be here It's our responsibility to support fantastic books like this that speak to the importance of ending racism Blog | Goodreads | Twitter | Youtube 5/5 Stars! LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH.CW: racism, police brutalityDear Martin had me captivated the entire time, I seriously could not put it down I finished it in under 3 hours so if you are looking for a short yet intense read, this is the one for you!I feel I avoided Dear Martin for a few months because I assumed the entire novel was written in letters to Dr King, which is not a format I prefer to read I was pleasantly surprised to find the letters complimented the chronological storytelling, and was a great addition in my opinion I feel Justyce’s story would be incomplete without a place to share his unfiltered thoughts with a figure he aims to emulate.Dear Martin does not shy away from muchneeded conversations about racism and racial profiling in America, but it also delves into conversations about toxic masculinity and gangs I feel this novel successfully accomplishes approaching these tough issues by displaying a variety of perspectives These discussions are raw, uncensored, and full of truth we cannot turn a blind eye to.I also loved that while this book deals with serious topics, the character dynamics do often bring enough humor to the story to balance out the intensity I thoroughly enjoyed Justyce’s narration – It was so satisfying to read from the perspective of an intelligent, self/socially aware teen.All together, I loved Dear Martin I think my only critique is attributed to the fact that I wish it was longer! I would have lovedscenes,letters to Dr King,development from side characters Otherwise, it was a really fantastic read I would definitely recommend. This was super brutal and super good! And so smolit literally arrived in the mail and I nearly lost it in the packaging But while I do have some quibbles about the size, ultimately I think it's AMAZING that 200 pages can pack this massive punch This is the kind of #BlackLivesMatter book that's super important for everyone to read And as the author's note says, it's: an attempt to examine current affairs through the lens of Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr.'s teachings Which was SO great to read and learn about.I also really adored Justyce! He's like just doing his best and he's super smart and the world just kicks him down I also liked how he's on the brink of graduation, because it's really nice reading about teens who know what they're doing (HE'S GOING TO YALE) and are off to like change the world Like, go Justyce I really admire this dude.It's of course not an easy story either It's going to thump you in the feels And the court case scene totally blew me away with how unfair and tangled it wasbut like the writing This book is full of intelligence and it's super well written!ALOS IT'S WRITTEN IN 3RD PERSON / PRESENT TENSE WHICH IS MY FAVOURITE You know how hard it is to find books in this style?!? I'm happpppy.OK so the ONLY quibble I have is that being so short, it was hard to SEE everything I missed out on all the details, the mannerisms, the facial quirks, the smells and sights and tastes The book is probably 80% straight dialogue? (Often in like a screenwriting format.) So I LIKED that, but (for me personally) I prefer writing that fleshes out the world as well This also made a lot of the secondary characters are to get to know because we just see their dialogue and that's it.But hey I love dialogue also!!Definitely an important narrative that can't be talked about enough The world needs to change and I'm so glad #ownvoices authors are putting their stories out there to make a difference It tackles racism and classism head on and it's full of unfairness and character development and letters and hope 3You ever consider that maybe you not supposed to 'fit'? People who make history rarely do. The topics that are being addressed in this are important and sadly very very real but this was just so TERRIBLY written!! And I don't want to feel forced to love a book just because of it's sensitive/important topic I want to love a book because it's good.PS: The synopsis basically spoils about 60% of the book?! Why would you do that?? I absolutely flew through this It was SO good. Impactful Important Immersive.There are many different ways in which we learn about the world around us One of the most important ways is through personal experience These experiences help to shape our views, opinions and really who we are as people.As we all know, people experience the world differently for a variety of distinct reasons Unfortunately, one way in which this is true is based on the color of a person's skin.I know that as a white person, given the innate privileges that comes with, there are certain issues I will never be able to understand based on personal experience; I have to look outside of myself and my daytoday existence if I want to acknowledge and understand certain important matters that affect so many.That's one of the reasons why I think books such as Dear Martin are so crucial That's one of the many reasons why there has been such a push, and a wellreceived push fortunately, forOWNvoices books They provide windows through the eyes of the characters, so the Reader can learn and gain knowledge from the life experiences of another.Dear Martin is a wonderfully written novella about a boy struggling to understand race relations within his community and his country, the United States, at large I loved the format of this and although some of it seemed 'surface level', as I have noticed some Readers comment, I think overall that was a wise choice by the author.In my opinion, to make this story approachable to the widest audience, it was important to keep it this way Not everyone is comfortable picking up a 400 or 500page book like many of us are I think the way Dear Martin was written helps to get it into the hands of the largest number of people possible and for a story as important as this, that is what matters.I highly recommend picking this one up if you haven't already Nic Stone is a very talented storyteller and I look forward to readingof her work. 4.5 starsI honestly have no idea why this isn’t gettinghype, because this book is absolutely beautiful, important, and poignant It opens eyes and minds about issues that are happening right now, and it offers perspective from people who are the ones facing those issues This is a book everyone should read.First, I’d like to say that I am a person of color, but I am not Black I’ve faced racism, bias, and other forms of prejudice and discrimination, but none as bad as what Black people face So while I have had some bad experiences in that matter, it will never be on the same level as Black people have had.I didn’t even reach the tenth page before I got incredibly frustrated and angry, and it just continued to build over the course of the story The events that happen in this book are horrible to read about, because they are so unjust and not something you’d ever think someone would or could experience—but what makes it worse is that people do face these things in real life And books like these are the only way to really get just a small idea of what those people experience.What do I do when my very identity is being mocked by people who refuse to admit there’s a problem?Not only does this book tackle police brutality, racism, and racial profiling, however, it also covers topics such as toxic masculinity, sexism, and the “making everything about race” idea! (I sound excited when I say that, but honestly I’m just excited that a book can tackle so many things, because that is exactly what we need.)Justyce is a real and flawed character His flaws make him beautiful, and they make him so muchrelatable He is kind, he is sweet, and he genuinely wants to change the way others view Black people and racial inequality I also found it so so important that he was a MOC teen narrator, and specifically Black—male narrators are already scarce in YA, and MOC even scarcer I also love love love the character development that Jared, your typical “There Is No Racial Inequality” White Guy, went through In the beginning of the book, he says: What kind of teacher has the nerve to suggest there’s racial inequality to a classroom full of millenials? and also:I’m just so sick of people suggesting African Americans still have it so hard these days.and also: All I know is that no matter what college I end up at, when I see a minority, I’m gonna wonder if they’re qualified to be there Obviously, all of this made me so angry, because as a white person, he cannot understand what racial inequality truly is or what Black people have gone through, because he is white But by the end of the book, Jared realizes his privilege and works to make up for his past mistakes (even if it’s sad that that happened only when (view spoiler)[Manny died (hide spoiler)] NOTE: As a white woman, I am incapable of fully understanding the issues that plague black individuals today I recognize my privilege and try to learn something new every single day, and I am so grateful for authors like Nic Stone who can teach me new ways of seeing society That said, my opinion on this book is honestly so much less important than ownvoice reviewers' words If you or someone you know is an ownvoice reviewer of this book and would like your review to be featured in my blog post, please message me here on Goodreads or DM me on twitter because I would love to share your words.First and foremost, let me tell you that this is one of the most important stories that I have ever had the mixed pleasure and heartache of reading Justyce's story is one of societal racism, police brutality, toxic masculinity, and privilege His letters to Martin Luther King, Jr beautifully depict the pain and difficulty that comes with being a black individual in the United States today.It is so incredibly intersectional and finds a way to address so many talking points that many of my peers of all ages could benefit from seeing through this book's lens No matter your political stance, I would highly encourage every single person to pick up a copy of Dear Martin and go into it with your eyes and mind as wide open as possible How do I work against this, Martin? Getting real with you, I feel a little defeated Knowing there are people who don't want me to succeed is depressing Especially coming from two directions Something exceptionally interesting to me about Nic Stone's writing in this book is her decision to address not only racism, but also the mindset that some individuals in the black community have regarding themselves and other POC There is a lot of explanation given for how, in a nutshell, once a group of people have been put down over and over for so long, in such painful ways, and have been shown that no amount of effort they can put forth will be recognized as equal, it can be easy to feel defeated and hopeless sometimes to the point of giving up.Justyce's reaction to his unlawful arrest, and the ways that his privileged, wealthy white classmates treat him, broke my heart He becomes so hopeless at times Despite being incredibly brilliant and hardworking, Jus questions his own worth at points, asking, Am I ever going to get anywhere? Is this battle worth fighting? Do I just take what they dish out, try to stop being so sensitive? What do I do when my very identity is being mocked by people who refuse to admit there's a problem? What may have been the most painful aspect of reading Dear Martin for me, was watching the way his socalled friends treated him The microaggressions escalated steadily to blatant cruelty, and so much of it looked so familiar to things I saw and heard people say firsthand, growing up in the Atlanta metro I'm so ashamed to say this, but there were even comments that I remembered making similar assumptions to as a young teen, and seeing it on paper like that brutally reminded me of how many people I have hurt with my carelessness in years past My dudes they're like family to me They've got my back as long as I have theirs One of many topics Nic Stone handled beautifully was the portrayal of gangs, and the reasoning for why so many teens get sucked into them: at the root of many gangs lies a family, something to hold on to and to protect yourself with In a society that has ceaselessly attacked the individuals it deems other, is it any surprise that individuals like Justyce's childhood friend would seek solace in gangs?The entire gang discussion in Dear Martin also highlights some serious struggles with toxic masculinity and the way it can effect young people in particular, leading young men to believe that proving their worth means violence, aggression, etc While it's not a topic that is focused on very clearly in this book, it's worth mentioning.Among other lessdiscussed topics in the book, there's time taken to dive into sexism (like Justyce's frequent remarks to Manny that he is such a girl, which is later challenged), misogynoir and internalized racism (as Justyce's best friend, Manny, admits that he struggles to find black women attractive, and goes on to categorize them stereotypically and unfairly), and discrimination and how it can impact both sides (Justyce has a crush on his best friend a Jewish girl named SJ but refuses to pursue it due to his mother's insistence that no black son of hers should have anything to do with a white girl).There's also a heavy line of discussion about police brutality, which we get to see somewhat from both sides: Justyce wonders if one cop's racism is influenced by having seen his partner shot by a black teen months prior blame is never 100% placed on either side, and nobody's actions are justified As a result of police brutality, Justyce's best friend's father joins a protest group (seemingly similar to Black Lives Matter), and is forced to resign from his management position as a result of being seen with those people I know that BLM and police brutality is a hot topic of controversy here in the states lately, and I thought Nic Stone made her points flawlessly In that moment, when I thought I was dying, it hit me: despite how good of a dude Martin was, they still killed him, man This quote in particular was what finally broke me in Dear Martin I have grown so weary of individuals claiming that marginalized groups particularly black individuals don't protest the right way If they stand silent, it's wrong If they kneel, it's wrong If they wear tshirts and hold signs, it's wrong This is so incredibly relevant to the turmoil facing our nation today, and at a certain point, you have to wake up and realize: it isn't about the protests it never was It's about the skin color of the protesters.I feel like there's so muchthat I could say about Dear Martin I'm sitting here with tears streaking down my cheeks, and all I want to do is say any combination of the right words to convince you to pick this book up, to lose yourself in this story the way I did To go into it with open eyes and to learn something from Nic Stone's experiences If there could ever be a contemporary title that I could convince you to get a copy of, let it be Dear Martin.Content warnings: racism, police brutality, violence, death, misogyny/misogynoir.All quotes are taken from an ARC Thank you so much to PRH/CROWN for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.You can find this review andon my blog! I kept trying to read a chapter at a time over the course of 2 days, but every time I sat down for one chapter I ended up reading five By day three I just said screw my responsibilities and let myself curl up in bed with this beautiful and powerful book It truly hurts to read because of all the raw issues it explores, but I loved every minute of it It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, it makes you angry It makes you FEEL and it makes you think It gives you everything a great book is supposed to give you andIt's also so hard to put down!!