Dear Martin

Dear Martin

by Nic Stone


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ISBN-13: 9781101939529
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 455
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Nic Stone is a native of Atlanta and a Spelman College graduate. After working extensively in teen mentoring and living in Israel for a few years, she returned to the United States to write full-time. Dear Martin, her first novel, is loosely based on a series of true events involving the shooting deaths of unarmed African American teenagers. Shaken by the various responses to these incidents—and to the pro-justice movement that sprang up as a result—Stone began the project in an attempt to examine current affairs through the lens of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s teachings.
You can find her fangirling over her husband and sons on Twitter and Instagram at @getnicced or on her website

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Dear Martin 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a timeless piece of literature. I have not personally encountered any of the events that have been portrayed here, but I experienced the anger, anxiety, and sense of hopelessness through the characters. Great writing!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't stop reading it and loved the perspective of what would Martin do as racism continues to unravel here in America. I really enjoyed hearing and viewing the racism from the perspective of young together black male. Keep writing and delivering today's problems, education is the key to acceptance and change.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 15 years old son read it and got goosebumps and I just did; It spoke to the scary truth that our young man face.
GregAndree More than 1 year ago
I was so impressed with what Nic Stone could do in this book. The experiences of ignorant racism and blatant racism Justyce deals with every day in school is something I see as a teacher. A Black kid decides to try and wake people up when their ignorance is showing, and those white kids get uncomfortable and angry. They've never been made to see past their privilege before. I love how Justyce tries to walk in the steps of Dr. King while trying to discover the person he's going to be, the person who he wants to be. I also love how he struggles to find a way to engage with a world where he will have to deal with racism and ignorance no matter how successful he is. I love the way Justyce mirrors Dr. King, but also veers and questions, and finds himself making allies in unexpected places and ways. Phew, I said LOVE a lot in that last paragraph. No regrets. I can't wait for my students to be able to read this book.
Anonymous 3 days ago
Dear Martin was absolutely wonderful. I enjoyed every aspect of the story. It made me laugh and cry. The author explained wonderfully of how the main character was feeling. SJ was a great character to add in the story because I personally relate to her. I totally would recommend to anyone who has been watching the news recently. It is definitely a MUST READ! It makes me feel so empowered to change the world!
thebookishpoet 18 days ago
Content Warnings: racism, police brutality, death, blackface, injury detail Dear Martin was undoubtedly an intense read. I read it some time ago but I can remember the feelings it created in me. So much anger towards the white characters in the novel. I think this novel truly did what it had to do.
alyssayuri 3 months ago
While helping out his drunk ex-girlfriend get home, Justyce was arrested by an officer thinking that he was taking advantage her, most likely because he is black. So he uses Martin Luther King Jr.'s words and actions to get through it. This book is amazing! The thing I love most about it is the unbiased thoughts of Justyce. The honest truth of feeling guilty because of peer pressure! Like when he let things be just because he doesn't want to be a trouble to his friends. And the way the realizations of the characters came to be. The character growth of these characters are so amazing! and it's just amazing! The romance aspect of this book is so adorable too! It kept me on my toes! I know this is a short review but trust me on this, pick this up and read this! In my case, I listened to the audiobook. And just to add, the narrator is pretty at giving Justyce's voice. Such an amazing read! I did read this for my Black History Month reads, and I learned so much about Martin Luther King Jr. and what equality actually looks like. Pretty good stuff!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It opened my eyes and made me's a beautiful book. I'm going to get it for my friend.
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18876111 More than 1 year ago
This book needs to be read. It has such a strong, powerful message. It's moving, eye-opening, deeply real and it's one of those books that once you read it, will make you really think about how nothing has sadly changed. This book should be required reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book took me through a lot of emotions, and considering I finished it over the course of 3 hours that was a lot. It has something for all ages, races, and cultures to take away from. The questions asked are great conversations that we need to start having in order to begin the transition we need in this world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: This review reflects my unbiased opinion and as a result I am not able to promise a wholly positive review. My apologies in advance. Tw0-Sentence Summary:Dear Martin is rips off the band-aide and gives the reader a raw, unfiltered look into social injustice, police profiling, police brutality, race and racism in America. Stone lets the reader know in no uncertain terms that we are far from a post racial society. What Popped: What didn't? I loved how Stone interlaced the Dear Martin letters into the narrative. I loved that the rise and fall of the tension. What Flopped: The one thing I didn't particularly care for is that I didn't really get why Justyce was writing the letters. I eventually got it, but not until pretty late in the novel. My Thoughts: So, I read this book a few weeks ago and really had to process it. I didn't think I would have such a hard time processing it, but I did. Stone draws you into Dear Martin really fast. It's fast paced captivating. I had no doubts that I would enjoy it but it far exceeded my expectations. The novel does not shy away from the fact that we need to have a conversation about race and race relations in this country. And Stone shows us that the problem with race is handed down, so-to-speak from generation to generation. For example: Justyce's mother doesn't like white people and she views them as the enemy; which she impresses upon him. But he doesn't see all white people as the enemy. He realizes that some are and some aren't - just like black people. I loved Justyce and Sarah and was secretly rooting for them to get together. Justyce was all about doing right and being the best person that he could be; which is why he was so confused and hurt when a police officer handcuffed him and accused him of trying to steal his ex-girlfriends car. When in actuality all he was trying to do was get her home safely because she had had too much to drink. And Sarah, oh my gosh, is she a firecracker. She reminded me of me. Always fighting for the rights of the underdog. Calling into question the rules and the status quo. Sarah is the loud voice of social justice/injustice. She has strong opinions and is not afraid to tell you what they are. Perhaps my lease favorite character was Jared. Your stereo-typical privileged, rich white kid who thinks the world revolves around him. He brings up affirmative action when he discovers that Justyce has been accepted to Yale and his acceptance was deferred. Jared says that it "discriminates against members of the majority." And that he when he sees a minority at whatever college he ends up in he'll "wonder if they're qualified to be there." For some reason Jared sees himself as smarter and more qualified than a minority. He feels himself to be superior. Favorite Quotes: "Why try to do right if people will always look at me and assume wrong?" ~~Quan It's like I'm trying to climb a mountain, but I've got one fool trying to shove me down so I won't be on his level, and another fool tugging at my leg, trying to pull me to the ground he refuses to level. ~~Justyce
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't even title this review. This was just... EVERYTHING. I am purchasing this in hardcover for a beautiful STRONG woman of color, who needs to have this in her life. #blackgirlmagic in all its glory. I will be screaming about this book from the rooftops for years to come. BRAVO!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For such a short book, Dear Martin packs a tough punch. From the first page, Nic Stone's powerful writing had me instantly hooked. The story focuses on Justyce, an African-American teenager going to a predominantly upper class and white school, and his experience with racism and police brutality as he tries to channel Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dear Martin was extremely raw and did not hold back on its depictions of the injustices that occur in America every day, which makes it a vitally important book.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
As Justyce keeps a journal, making inquiries to Martin Luther King as to why his life is turning upside down, Justyce is confused on how to proceed forward. He sees these inequalities, these injustices that are based upon the color of his skin, and it infuriates him. But what can Justyce do about them and why can’t everyone else see them? As I listened to this novel, I can’t tell you how many times I said out loud, “What? You have got to be kidding me?’ I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing through my speakers. I felt for Justyce as he tried to figure out what his next step would be. I was frustrated, angry and ticked as people tried to use their power to win. I know this is a problem that needs to be addressed and fixed and I am glad that this book addresses it. The truth of the matter is, no one is really listening. No one wants to listen, they are using their other senses but not really listening to what is happening or what occurred. I think this happens in the lives of other individuals too and not just African Americans. All lives matter. Listen people, for once keep quiet and listen to the voices of those around you. They are important too. You just might learn something. It’s a powerful novel and one that will surely make you think. 4.5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Powerful and raw and thoughtful and real with lovely, moving writing and perfect voice. Everyone should read this book.
BooknerdJackie More than 1 year ago
Wow. This was one of the most impactful books I've read this year (maybe even in my entire life). This book takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions—I laughed, I cried, I was frustrated, shocked and angry. Please please please pick up this book if you can, I promise you won't regret it. I think it is best to go into the book without knowing too much. Dear Martin is about an African-American kid named Justyce who gets caught up in a hassle with a white police officer who misinterpreted a situation and wants to arrest him. Since his encounter with the police, Justyce has begun to take notice of the treatment of black people in the news, among his friends and at school. Throughout the book, you will see plenty of discussions about racial profiling, police brutality against black people, white privilege and general racism. These topics are addressed and thoroughly depicted through the situations and things that Justyce, as a young black man, has to go through. What I loved about this book is that it does this through SHOWING and not so much telling. Dear Martin is a fairly short book, but it’s very educational and puts things into perspective. I’d recommend it to people who want to know what it’s really like to live in the US as a black citizen. It depicts topics such as police brutality in a compact, but honest and powerful way. Overall, Dear Martin was an incredibly impactful read that really gets you to THINK. It will make you fall in love with the characters (I LUV JUSTYCE), and then rip your heart out in the same scene. Wow. Just wow. *Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy via Netgalley. This did not affect my opinion in any way!*