Review: Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Hi Munchworms!

Dear MartinThe lovely Alex @ Coffeeloving Bookoholic sent me a box with all books and bookish goodish for Christmas. One of the books in there was Dear Martin by Nic Stone.

I had been eyeing it ever since it came out and everybody started raving about it. After reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, I honestly was even more eager to read Dear Martin!

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 good

This is going to be a hard one because I pretty much loved everything. First and foremost the format was unique. Composed of letters, regular text and script-like chapters, it was so easy to read. I kept turning the pages, wanting more. Of course, Nic Stone’s writing style is linked to this. She writes in a straight-forward and genuine way that really draws you in. I could pretty much hear someone talking as Justyce does while reading.


“The BMC?”
“Yeah. Black Man’s Curse. World’s got diarrhea and dudes like us are the toilet.”
“Guess that’s one way to put it.”


Then we have Justyce, our MC. His struggles with himself, the world and racism is pretty clear from the get-go. I was hurting for him all the time and shared his frustrations, doubts and struggles. Honestly, if he’d pop up in front of me, I’d give him the biggest hug ever. His life – as so many other’s – cannot be easy. Safe to say my respect for them grows and grows.

I said it before, after reading The Hate U Give, but racism simply isn’t something I’m confronted with often. Reading books like Dear Martin opens my mind, my heart to what’s going on in different parts of the world. I love that.
And I really do believe that there should be more books like this, that people battling these struggles should get more voices, louder ones.


Yeah, there are no more “colored” water fountains, an it’s supposed to be illegal to discriminate, but if I can be forced to sit on the concrete in too-tight cuffs when I’ve done nothing wrong, it’s clear there’s an issue. That things aren’t as equal as folks say they are.


The bad

The only thing I pretty much didn’t feel okay with, was how SJ and Justyce grew closer. At times it just felt off; like it didn’t fit, wasn’t the right moment and that really was a pity. In all honesty, I do believe that it might’ve been better without it.


People often learn more from getting an undeserved pass than they would from being punished.


4.5

As for the munches, I’m going with Jus’ favorite dish: Chicken cacciatore. Google image, sorry, guys! We’ve been eating a lot of chicken lately and I just.. didn’t want to, haha.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor chicken cacciatore

Yep

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I received this book as a gift from a friend. All opinions are entirely my own. I’m not being compensated in any way.

23 thoughts on “Review: Dear Martin by Nic Stone

  1. I’m so happy to hear that you loved this one! Dear Martin was one of the most impactful books I’ve read last year and even though it was so short, it brought the message across in a very concrete and precise way which I loved! I agree that the relationship felt a biiiit rushed, but overall it was fantastic! Great review and oh my god that chicken dish at the end???? IT LOOKS SO YUMMY 😍

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  2. Lovely review, Kathy! I’m happy to hear you enjoyed this one – I’ve been hearing a lot of praise about it overall but somehow, I did not know it was written in letters and script-like chapters? That’s SO great, it makes me want to read it even more, for some reason. Unique format that makes you still connect with the story are always a win for me 🙂

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    1. Thank you!
      It isn’t the entire book, but there are some letters and script-like pieces once in a while. Definitely enough to be worth mentioning in a review, really.
      I really like unique formats that still have you connect with the story! It isn’t an easy thing to achieve, haha. 😀

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  3. whooop whooop! i am so glad you loved it!!! and as i remember, i felt the same about justyce and SJ – should be on my annotations! 😀 aaaaaand i remembered, that i didn’t put it on GR so you wouldn’t know, but that means, that i read 129 books instead of 128 in 2017 – whoooop! 😀

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    1. Yessss! Sometimes you have those books you KNOW you’re going to love and Dear Martin is definitely one of those! Although, obviously, Autoboyography is going to be the best book out of the three. Doh. No doubt!
      Hahaha! Of course! I’d forgotten that you hadn’t added it on Goodreads because of me. Yay you!!

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  4. Great review, I was also more eager to read this after reading THUG, and I 100% agree with you about SJ. It just felt off from the moment she turned her back on him. I’m still pretty confused why!

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