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Dear Martin Hardcover – October 17, 2017
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Praise for DEAR MARTIN
|Dear Martin||Dear Justyce||Odd One Out||Jackpot||Clean Getaway|
|Read all the books from Nic Stone!||A raw, captivating, and undeniably real bestselling debut.||The stunning sequel to the #1 New York Times bestseller Dear Martin.||An honest and touching depiction of friendship, first love, and everything in between.||A must-read story about class, money, and how you make your own luck in the world.||Nic Stone's first middle-grade novel, a road-trip story through American race relations past and present.|
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A New York Times Bestseller!
A William C. Morris Award Finalist!
An ALAN / Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Finalist!
A 2018 BookExpo Editors' Buzz Selection!
An Indies Introduce Selection!
A Kids' Indie Next List pick!
“A powerful, wrenching, and compulsively readable story that lays bare the history, and the present, of racism in America.” –John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down
"Painfully timely and deeply moving." –Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Raw and gripping." –Jason Reynolds, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Long Way Down
"Absolutely incredible, honest, gut-wrenching. A must read!" –Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give
"Teens, librarians and teachers alike will find this book a godsend...Vivid and powerful." –Booklist, Starred Review
"A visceral portrait of a young man reckoning with the ugly, persistent violence of social injustice."
- Lexile Measure : HL720L
- Grade Level : 9 - 12
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1101939494
- ISBN-13 : 978-1101939499
- Product Dimensions : 5.75 x 0.82 x 8.56 inches
- Publisher : Crown Books for Young Readers; First Edition (October 17, 2017)
- Reading level : 14 and up
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #38,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In this novel, Justyce McAllister—a bright, motivated, top-of-his class student—takes it one step further. As he navigates a contemporary Atlanta where he is still seen more for the color of his skin than the content of his character, he regularly writes to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a journal, hoping that it will help him put Dr. King’s teachings into practice in order to manage everything that’s thrown at him.
I don’t want to give away the exact situations he faces, but I will say this: there is a safety in fiction that allows us to witness and begin to understand the harder stories and truths we flinch from in real life. Books like this get important views considered, get important conversations started. As a white person, I needed to get to know Justyce, for I’ve never been in his shoes, and the fact is that his fictional shoes are worn by millions today. As a mother to white children, I needed to own this book in order to place it into my kids’ hands and ensure the messages inside it are nailed home. Over and over again, until things do get better.
I highly recommend this book, and hope it gets into as many hands and hearts as possible.
DEAR MARTIN is a lightning fast read--and it's structurally neat with like almost play-like dialogue exchanges--and it's telling a heartbreaking and important and hard-to-look-away-from story. I love Jus. He's a wonderful character. His mom is so real, and his teacher Doc is awesome. And his friends are people I want to know. No spoilers, but this to say, I wasn't expecting the plot of this book to go the way it did: that is, the novel itself wasn't predictable.
Although, yeah, of course, I was expecting it too go where it did--since this book is exactly what's happening in the US right now.
All in all, an amazing read that everyone, and I mean everyone should read. But also, the story and characters are so real that there's pleasure in reading this book too.
I cannot wait for Nic Stone's next book.
Dear Martin follows Justyce who is a black teen boy who goes on a journey of discovering the hardships of being a black male.
I must say I am impressed with the many topics this book covers from racial profiling, affirmative action, going along with racist jokes and more. Dear Martin would be a perfect book for a high school class because of the topics it discusses, the engaging story and the short length.
Personally, just like The Hate U Give, Dear Martin was hard to read. My children are black and it’s frustrating & heartbreaking to know the issues presented in the book is reality for many black men and for my sons as they get older. The idea that they’ll deal with racism solely because of their skin color guts me and the possibility of someone harming them because of it, I can’t even think about it.
Thank you Nic Stone for writing a piece of literature that I hope helps many people see problems of today and revisit how they think.
Issues: My main issues with the book were structural. 1. It was short, just over 200 pages. I heard it originally was longer but cut shorter to make it more impactful. I wish there had been a little more development here. 2. The structure and formatting of the book threw me a little. The majority of the book is written in a regular formatting but then randomly dialogue is formatted in a bullet point style. I thought it was a mistake at first. It was interesting but I’m not sure I was sold on it. I did also like the letters written to Dr. King.
Overall: This was an important read. Please read it
Dear Martin is exactly what we need in a time where many people in our country just don’t understand why Black people still feel disenfranchised enough to “take a knee” in 2017. Dear Martin is a real glimpse into real issues.
The writing is so real and relatable from the very first page you are drawn into Justyce’s world and you’re shocked and pissed off with him so you’re rooting for him to win. The pace of the book is that of your favorite drama TV show. You won’t want to stop until the end. The connection to Dr. King is a brilliant way to tie in issues and themes of the past to now.
If you’re a teacher, you want this book. If you’re a student you need this book. If you’re a person living in a America and you don’t understand why this issue is so important, you need this book. Nic Stone kicked down the door with this debut novel.
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I won't lie, there were moments when reading this where I wanted to throw my tablet across the room and out of a window. Not because the story was bad in a literary sense, but because the subject matter was so real and so raw I couldn't help but think about all the real people, all the poor victims whose faces and names have been on the news or just not found at all. This book made me feel physically sick at points because it sent me into empathetic overdrive. I wanted to both step into the book and help the characters, and cross an ocean to help real people.
On a different note, I think the writing was stronger when the book showed Justyce's letters. I was expecting the whole book to be in letter form, so I was a little surprised when it turned into a 3rd person story. Those sections, even though they were the sections that got the emotional reactions from me, didn't feel as strong in terms of writing style. But, saying that, there is a definite improvement from start to end.
I cannot wait to see where the story goes with Dear Justyce. Nic Stone is a great writer and I cannot wait to read more from them!
I love the two different black perspectives, Manny; a black wealthy teen who has been raised without any real discussion on racist and Justyce; a scholarship student in an elite school. How the two boys view, and are views by their white classmates is in my view a very accurate view on real life by the author.