Dear Martin by: Nic Stone

Summary:

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.

The Review:

My very awesome girlfriend gave me this book for Christmas, so it was very fitting that this would be my first read of 2018, and boy did my reading year start with a bang (I know very poor choice in words).

Much like The Hate U Give, this book deals a lot with the police violence in the United States especially when dealing with race. Justyce, is a young African American male who goes to a prep school, and is also dealing with being one of the very few black students who attend, a feeling I know all to well. A lot of the book deals with the fallout of his arrest, and him realizing that after everything, people could still arrest him.

While the book is fiction, it does touch on a lor of real life issues. After Justyce’s arrest he learns of other stories about young black men getting killed by the police who are unarmed. He uses his letters to Dr. Martin Luther King in order to come to grasp with his situation.

His issues with racial inequalities also happens a lot in his school with his classmates. Since a lot of classmates are white with the exception of Manny. Most of his white classmates dismiss issues of race and basically claim that white people have it worse, and I have also dealt with them in school. Mainly with Jared, who is most white boys I went to school with.

It also touched a lot of issues of race in regards to Manny’s father, who is a Vice President of a major company and still deals with issues of race.

A major highlight of the book was the “Dear Martin” chapters. I think the use of the letters really gave us a sense of the character of Justyce and what he is going through. I also liked his relationship with Sarah-Jane, or SJ, a white Jewish classmate of his. It kinda falls under the normal teenage love tropes in which they are debate partners and Justyce of course starts to have feelings for her and is very nervous about making a move. I thought is was nice to have a few light moments with them to counter a lot of the heavier moments that the book has.

In the end, Dear Martin is a very powerful book, much like The Hate U Give. It deals a lot of issues with race that is still going on today and Justyce is a great character to see those issues through his eyes.

Grade: 5/5

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January 2018 TBR

Hello everyone, and hope you guys are enjoying the start of 2018. It is snowing right now in Boston, but after living here for years I just seem to roll with it.

This is my TBR for the month of January,

Dear Martin by: Nic Stone

My very lovely girlfriend gave me this book for Christmas, so she knows what I like. I think I also put it on my books I hope to read by the end of the year. Well since I didn’t have the time, this seems like a great book to start the year off.

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

Just judging by the cover, this looks like a more bad ass version of Sailor Moon. I have heard some great things about this book. I also like the inclusion of Chinese folklore and mythology that the book has.

Long Way Down by: Jason Reynolds

This will be my second book by Jason Reynolds, the first being Miles Morales: Spider Man. The book is mainly told through poetry form which will be a welcomed change from what I usually read.

Batman: Nightwalker by: Marie Lu

One of my favorite superheroes being written by one of my favorite authors. I am really excited to read about her interpretation of Batman.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

I have seen this on a lot of most anticipated lists, and with this being the first YA release of 2018, this should be a good book to start the year with. I also love stories about the fae.

Those are the books I plan to read in January, it maybe subject to change if  I discover new books. What books do you plan of reading in January? Let me know in the comments below.

Hype or Like Friday: Coming to a close

Happy Friday everyone,

Here is a Hype or Like Friday, sorry I haven’t done these in a while.

The theme for December is Outta This World and the Book of the Month is

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by JillianLarkin, and Britt to discuss about hyped books and see if they’re hyped up or not. There would be book of the month that you can read, and the post your review for it on the end of the month, then rate it whether it’s a hype it or like it.

December 1st – Coming to a Close… What book(s) do you hope to read before the end of the year?

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

Earlier this year I read the first two books of this series, A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Darkness and loved them both. She is one of my new auto-buy authors and I can’t wait to read how this series ends.

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

After reading The Hate U Give, I was recommended this book. It sort of deals with same issues of race in America. I also met the author Nic Stone at Boston Book Festival this year and I was meaning to buy the book there, but it was sold out.

Hunting Prince Dracula by: Kerri Maniscalo

A few months ago I read Stalking Jack the Ripper and loved it. So of course I was excited to find out about a sequel and it deals with Dracula which makes me even more excited to read it.

Before She Ignites by: Jodi Meadows

That COVER! and the premise, but mainly that cover. I am of course a sucker for good fantasy. I also heard great things about this book and I hope I could read before the end of the year.

Hunted by: Megan Spooner

A Fairy Tale retelling of Beauty and the Beast with hunting. Sold. As most of you should know I love fairy tale retellings. I heard some great things about this book and I really hope to read this by the end of the year.

Those are the books I hope to read before the end of the year. What books do you hope to read before the end of the year. Let me know in the comments.