Dear Martin by Nic Stone – 5-Star Review & Giveaway

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Dear Martin by Nic Stone - 5-Star Review & Giveaway

Dear Martin by Nic Stone – 5-Star Review & GiveawayDear Martin by Nic Stone
Published by Crown Books for Young Readers on October 17th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 210
Source: ALA
My content rating: YA (Violence, including police violence; Nothing more than kissing; Language)
My rating:
5 Stars

Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.

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.

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My Take copy3

This little book packs a powerful punch. 

What Fed My Addiction:

  • Perspective. The book is told from Justyce’s POV. He’s a black teenager living in a mostly white world (he goes to a boarding school) near the home he grew up in, which is in a black neighborhood. So the lens that he sees the world through is unique. He is relatable to many people—he can often see both sides of the story, which helps us to do so too.
  • The struggle of identity. Of course, because of Justyce’s position, he has a hard time feeling at home anywhere. He can’t go back to being the kid he was in the neighborhood he grew up in, but he also doesn’t always feel like he fits at school. After a traumatic event where he’s treated unfairly, he starts to see things at school that he’d been blind to before. He suddenly can’t turn a blind eye to the little injustices that are done to him and other black people daily—he can’t stop seeing them, even though sometimes he wants to. I loved that this book had both black and white characters with positive and negatives traits (to varying degrees). The book doesn’t take a stand against one race or the other, but instead against the injustices that have perpetrated and the way we can easily go through life blind to them.
  • Letters to Martin. Justyce writes to Martin Luther King, Jr. as he tries to process his confusion and sadness over events in the book. He wants to live a life that’s worthy of Martin (as he calls him). Knowing how to do that isn’t always simple, though.
  • Prepare to have your heart broken. Just. Yeah. Be prepared.

What Left Me Hungry for More:

  • Not much. I’m struggling to think of anything I didn’t like about this book. At 200 pages, it’s short, but it still felt well-developed, and I think the length was an asset, not a drawback in this case. Any negatives I would name would be nitpicky.

This book is incredibly relatable, so it will appeal to a wide audience. It’s the type of book that opens eyes to a tough topic in a way that makes you think critically but doesn’t push for extremism. I truly believe it will open up conversations about race relations in the US in ways that can be nothing but beneficial.

***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via ALA Annual in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***

About the Author

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 diverse voices and stories to her work.

You can find her goofing off and/or fangirling over her husband and sons on most social media platforms as @getnicced.

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Tour Schedule

Week One:

10/16/2017- LILbooKlovers Interview

10/17/2017- YA Bibliophile– Review

10/18/2017- Mama Reads Blog– Guest Post

10/19/2017- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

10/20/2017- Eli to the nth– Excerpt

 

Week Two:

10/23/2017- Chasing Faerytales– Review

10/24/2017- Omg Books and More Books– Interview

10/25/2017- BookHounds YA– Review

10/26/2017- Novel Novice– Guest Post

10/27/2017- The Bookish Libra– Review

 

Week Three:

10/30/2017- Never Too Many To Read– Review

10/31/2017- Mrs. Knott’s Book Nook Interview

11/1/2017- Reese’s Reviews– Excerpt

11/2/2017- Novel Ink– Review

11/3/2017- Wandering Bark Books– Guest Post

 

Week Four:

11/6/2017- Amanda Gernentz Hanson– Review

11/7/2017- Lisa Loves Literature– Excerpt

11/8/2017- Feed Your Fiction Addiction– Review

11/9/2017- Lost in Ever After– Interview

11/10/2017- A Backwards Story– Review

 

20 Responses to “Dear Martin by Nic Stone – 5-Star Review & Giveaway”

  1. ShootingStarsMag

    I’m so glad to hear you loved this one. It sounds like it really focuses on race relations well without targeting one over the other, which is hard to do sometimes, I’m sure. I so want to read this!

    -Lauren

  2. Bookworm Brandee

    Omigoodness, this sounds like an incredible read…one I think I’d enjoy as well as my teenagers. I’m really intrigued to see the world through Justyce’s lens especially since he’s apparently so relatable. I look forward to picking it up. 😀

  3. Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    I’ve heard nothing but great things about this book, so I am so glad you enjoyed it so much as well! It sounds like such a powerful but relevant book. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3

  4. Olivia Roach

    And you have me entirely convinced this is one I need to read alongside The Hate U Give. What most strikes me in your review is the identity crisis – of not fitting in to either one or the other. I think I can relate to that completely, and I wonder how much of it will resonate with me while reading. The unique perspective is also more compelling.

  5. Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks

    Heard a lot about this one 🙂 haven’t read it yet. I recommend reading All Day, it’s a nonfiction counterpart to these books (even the cover colors match lol!), I’ll be reviewing it next week. It was also amazing.

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