Dear Martin wasn’t a book that was anywhere on my radar going into 2017, but I’m so grateful to the bookish community for introducing me to it. Before I jump into the review, here’s a look at the 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.”
I have so many things to say about this wonderful book. First off, the characters. I related to Justyce on a deep level, and I related to his struggle as he was trying to find his place in both of his communities. His way of dealing with the world, by writing letters to Dr.King, is incredibly thought-provoking and extremely original. All of the characters, from SJ to Manny to Doc, were well-crafted and important to the story. I also enjoyed the variety of relationships present in Dear Martin. The various relationships between families and family members, the romantic relationships, and the friendships within this novel were all stellar.
I love how Nic Stone addressed race, and its role in Dear Martin. Every aspect of the story felt extremely realistic, even the most horrific parts of the story. By the end, I was crying, so just a warning, you probably will shed tears while reading Dear Martin.
One of my favorite aspects of Dear Martin was its pacing. It’s only 210 pages long, but it felt like double that amount because of how well it’s written and because there’s so much stuff going on at one time. Which is realistic to how life is as a whole, it moves fast.
Dear Martin is going on my list favorite books that I’ve read this year. I can’t wait to read Nic Stone’s next work. Dear Martin is a book that everyone needs to reads. It’s timely and amazing, and I’m so grateful that it exists. If you haven’t read Dear Martin yet, please do!
Happy reading, happy writing, and happy blogging!