REVIEW: Dear Martin by Nic Stone


Title:  Dear Martin

Author:  Nic Stone

Genre:  Young Adult Contemporary

Release Date:  October 17, 2017


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.


In life there’s a thing called books, and then there’s *books.* The novels that are so incredible powerful and moving that upon completion, you sit and stare off into space, your head spinning from everything you’ve just read. Dear Martin is one of those books. Every single moment of this book left me reeling.

To be honest, I’ve started to write this review about ten times now, and each time I end up deleting everything that I had typed out. This book is like taking a hundred punches in the gut. When looking at its size, you’d never understand the power behind these 208 pages. It’s a book that makes you feel. You feel for the characters, and what they go through, while at the same time grappling with the fact that here in 2017, these types of social injustice still exist. But they do, and Dear Martin illustrates these prejudices in a truly spectacular way.

This is Nic Stone’s debut novel, and I am so glad that I took the time to pick this one up. The story is written in a unique fashion, that works so well with the message. It’s unlike anything else I’ve read before. I cannot wait to see what other treasures emerge from this author in the future. Dear Martin was perfectly done from the first page, to the last. The ending was satisfying and bittersweet, but left me feeling like there was still some hope in this world.

Basically, what I want is that everyone needs to read this book. Even if you don’t normally read YA contemporary, you need to pick this book up and read it. This book deserves every bit of praise, and every five star review it’s received.


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