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review 2021-02-23 03:04
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Dear Martin - Nic Stone
One of the most powerful reads I've read.
Maybe because it hits too close to home.
With all the injustice happening in the world, this story was a vivid reality of what life is like for African-Americans, told by an African-American. People need to hear the stories to bring about change. We all need to stop turning a blind eye to any injustices that constantly surround our lives. These horrible things don't just happen in the US. It happens here in Canada and more. You would think racial attacks were a thing of the past, but they're not.
This book may be labeled as fiction, but it couldn't have felt more real.
Read it. Let it affect you. Then change.
 
 
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2021/02/dear-martin-by-nic-stone-8.html
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review 2020-06-16 15:24
Dear Martin!!!
Dear Martin - Nic Stone

english review only

spoiler warning cause the summary gives a lot away

audible audiobook

 

Summary: Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can't escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates.

Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty 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 attack.

 

My review: READ THIS BOOK!!!

 

I really liked the writing/narration of this book. SO DAMN GOOD.

 

The characters were amazingly done and there was so much growth here. On a light note: Justyce and SJ are my babies.

 

I loved this book for the way it punched me in the gut. This was brutally honest and I'M HERE FOR IT. This book made me angry and it frustrated me (cause let's be real for a second here, the things that happened, the big one and the small ones, THEY ARE ALL REALISTIC, this isn't overdramatised, THIS IS THE REAL), it broke my heart. It was everything that I wanted it to be and more. If The Hate U Give is a book that everyone should read, put this one on the list as well!!!

 

I need to read everything else that Nic Stone published!!!

 
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review 2018-03-20 23:48
Dear Martin -- my best YA read in recent memory
Dear Martin - Nic Stone

 

 

nortonism.tumblr.com

 

This is what I imagine Justyce, the MC, would do if asked to hold a sign about race early on.

 

There has been a stream of books about race and police brutality in the last few years. One could read nothing but books on the topic and still not keep up with the books available. What a great problem to have: too many books on important topics. Now if only these books were useless because the problem had been solved.

 

If one can "enjoy" a book like this, then I enjoyed Nic Stone's telling of tragedy story more than I've enjoyed almost any other. There are obvious comparisons both in other recent books but also to real cases in real America. Nic Stone writes for the young reader in a simple way that never is dumbed down or too basic. She has all the nuances and difficulties of her subject matter under command as she writes the story of Justyce and his friend Manny, two black kids at a liberal, elite school and the ways they handle casual, subtle, daily racialization, microaggressions, as well as the more obvious and deadly type.

 

The POV shifts between third person storytelling to Justyce's interior life to second-person letters/journaling to "Dear Martin" (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) Nic Stone makes excellent use of the "safe place" classroom, where the white students do all the talking on race while the black students sit uncomfortably or angrily by, but certainly don't feel "safe" on the topic of race, despite having a black teacher. There is confusion by the bundle for our protagonist, in the way his friends behave, the racial issues involved in dating, the always-difficult world of being a teenager. He takes refuge in writing honest letters to MLK, and it's here that he feels safe enough to say what he thinks. But can even Dr. King help Justyce when the world caves in?

 

This is, ultimately, an uplifting story with characters who grow in the face of extreme circumstances and stereotypes that threaten to keep them stuck. Well worth anyone's time.

 

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review 2018-01-10 19:41
Dear Martin
Dear Martin - Nic Stone
As Justyce keeps a journal, making inquiries to Martin Luther King as to why his life is turning upside down, Justyce is confused on how to proceed forward. He sees these inequalities, these injustices that are based upon the color of his skin, and it infuriates him. But what can Justyce do about them and why can’t everyone else see them? As I listened to this novel, I can’t tell you how many times I said out loud, “What?
 
You have got to be kidding me?’ I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing through my speakers. I felt for Justyce as he tried to figure out what his next step would be. I was frustrated, angry and ticked as people tried to use their power to win. I know this is a problem that needs to be addressed and fixed and I am glad that this book addresses it. The truth of the matter is, no one is really listening. No one wants to listen, they are using their other senses but not really listening to what is happening or what occurred. I think this happens in the lives of other individuals too and not just African Americans.
 
All lives matter. Listen people, for once keep quiet and listen to the voices of those around you. They are important too. You just might learn something.
 
It’s a powerful novel and one that will surely make you think.

 

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text 2018-01-09 00:18
All the feelings
Dear Martin - Nic Stone

I'm angry.......     

I'm frustrated.......

Only one more CD left to see how he deals with this issue, this time.  

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