Review // Dear Martin


  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  • format: ARC
  • source: YallWest
  • pages: 224
  • genre: contemporary
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  • stars: 4/5


Justyce McAllister is top of his class, captain of the debate team, and set for the Ivy League next year—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. He is eventually released without charges (or an apology), but the incident has Justyce spooked. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood, he can’t seem to escape the scorn of his former peers or the attitude of his prep school classmates. The only exception: Sarah Jane, Justyce’s gorgeous—and white—debate partner he wishes he didn’t have a thing for.Dear Martin

Struggling to cope with it all, Justyce starts a journal to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But do Dr. King’s teachings hold up in the modern world? Justyce isn’t so sure.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up. Way up. Much to the fury of the white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. And Justyce and Manny get caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack. The truth of what happened that night—some would kill to know. Justyce is dying to forget.


It is not my place to judge the accuracy of this book, but from a literary standpoint, it was amazing. I love Justyce and would have wanted more of his story, but I feel like if the book was any longer, it would be dragging on. The basis of the book is super relevant and I got Dear White People vibes from the entire thing. The book was intense at times and I anticipated some of the turns but I was still surprised.


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