Dear Martin

Dear Martin

Book - 2017 | First edition
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"Justyce McAllister is top of his class at Braselton Prep, captain of the debate team, and set for an Ivy League school next year- but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. He's eventually released without charges (or an apology), but the incident rattles him. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood, he can't seem to escape the scorn of his former peers or the attitude of his new classmates. The only exception: Sarah Jane, Justyce's gorgeous -and white- debate partner he wishes he didn't have a thing for. Justyce has studied the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But do they hold up now? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out. Then Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up. Much to the fury of the white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly, Shots are fired. And Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs In the media fallout, it's Justyce who is under attack."--book jacket
Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him
Publisher: New York : Crown, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101939499
Branch Call Number: Young Adult Fiction STONE N
Characteristics: 210 pages ; 22 cm


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Barrie_Teen_Lists Mar 22, 2021

Dear Martin is a novel that is loosely based on true events of police shootings of
unarmed African American teens.

Mar 10, 2021

Dear Martin, by Nic Stone, is a realistic fiction novel with elements of racism and prejudice. The plot follows African American Justyce McAllister, 17 year old high school senior and soon-to-be Yale undergraduate. After Justyce encounters a social justice issue in the beginning of the novel in which he is wrongly accused of a crime he did not commit, Justyce starts writing letters to his role model- Martin Luther King Jr. His goal is to think of what Martin would do when he is in tough situations, and see where it gets him. Throughout the novel, Justyce faces numerous conflicts, both internally and externally, and learns how to cope with racial discrimination. Dear Martin sends the reader many important messages about racism and police brutality, while still incorporating humor and emotion. I would recommend this book to someone who wants to see how a normal teenager can face so many endeavors due to racism and hatred, and how having an inspirational role model can get you through difficulties and challenges in life.

Dec 31, 2020

Nic Stone’s novel, Dear Martin, shows the unfortunate and true reality of racism towards African Americans in the United States today. Justyce McAllister, a student set for the Ivy Leagues, is arrested by the police for trying to help someone. His classmates ridicule him, and he becomes extremely tired of hearing slurs and other racist comments. This causes Justyce to write to Dr. Martin Luther King in a journal to figure out how to deal with all the racism he is facing. Then, a tragic incident happens and causes Justyce to get bombarded with numerous questions from the media. I liked that the author has added other elements to the story, such as romance and humor. I also liked that this book helped me see and understand a different perspective on racism. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book, because it showed me the experiences of different people, which were interesting to me.

Sep 08, 2020

Justyce seems to have his life in control. He’s top of his class and is probably gonna be admitted to an ivy league, but nothing could have prepared him for getting arrested by a police officer. And even after leaving his neighborhood, that incident still haunts Justyce. So, Justyce finds his peace within talking to Martin Luther King Jr. through letters. He writes about his anger, his frustration, and seems to control his feelings. But when a police officer stops Justyce and his best friend, Manny, because their music was too loud, chaos is unveiled. Shots are fired, and even though Justyce isn’t at fault, society seems to think he was responsible.

The thing I love most about this book is it gets the reader to think about day to day inequality. This book did so much to help me get educated on racism, and I would recommend this to so many people I know. It is so powerful and moving, and it’s definitely worth it.

Something that bothered me would probably be the formats this book was written in. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I felt that it was a bit confusing when I had to go through a third-person narrator, Martins’ letters to MLK, and then to a script format of situations.

All in all, this is a must-read novel that will definitely get you thinking about present society.

Hillsboro_RobP Jul 16, 2020

Nic Stone explores both the theories of racism as they often present themselves along a political split (debate club features heavily), and the lived experiences of two black friends in a predominantly white private high school in Georgia.
It swings rapidly from terrifying to touching, funny to conflicted, and brings the reader into the story for a ride on a race roller-coaster, but the most important aspect at the center of the story is friendship.

Apr 02, 2020

1/1 would recommend for anyone. I'm not one to like reading at all but this book is amazing. This book is pretty short but it tells a really good story displaying the bi-partisan politics of America and how it affects millions of people throughout America. It outlines the story of a black male being racially profiled and his struggles with present-day America's issues with racism and segregation. It reminds me of The Hate U Give.

Mar 15, 2020

Explores racism in a thorough and engaging way.

STPL_Kerry Nov 02, 2019

This Y.A novel by Nic Stone was really engaging. She has a casual, easy writing style (there are some amazingly articulated debate dialogues that I loved) and she creates these layered characters that are real, and intelligent (and some frustrating!). This is a very honest, bare account of experiences surrounding the issues of race relations in the U.S that were inspired by true events that had happened. It is a difficult subject, however she renders it in a way that is not preachy or alienating. My only complaint is that this book ended too fast!!
I can't wait to read more by Nic Stone.

Oct 21, 2019

In Dear Martin, we meet Justyce McAllister, a senior in high school who finds himself a victim of racial profiling. He’s a top student at school, Yale-bound, and has never been in trouble. His negative encounter with the police leads him to start a special project: He will look to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. We watch Juystce battle racism from classmates at his predominately white prep school, disdain from his former peers in the rough neighborhood he grew up in, and even doubt from his mom and best friend Marcus (the only other black student in their class). In my opinion this book was quite intriguing because of the fact that Justyce was getting in trouble even though he didn’t do anything wrong and he was a top student in school. I feel like racial profiling is a huge problem in this day and age that’s why we need to try and fix this issue ASAP! Though the storyline was pretty unique compared to other books that have been written by Nic Stone. The characters and the pace of the book were well balanced. This book’s storyline was a completely new experience for me because I have never seen anyone near to me nor myself being racially profiled but that certainly doesn’t make it a less of an issue. This book is undoubtedly more understandable if you are reading with an open mind. Dear Martin has also exceeded my expectations and I certainly would recommend this to fellow teens that like learning and enjoying other people’s experiences throughout life. Amazing Book!!! 4.5/5 stars
@Sun_Fish of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Today I will be reviewing Nic Stone's Dear Martin. Dear Martin is an amazing book that discusses racism, although the actual book is fiction it definitely gives the reader an idea of how life can be for an African American in society. What I like about this book is how it captures different aspects and different point if views in society of different races, it shows how close minded people can be. The book is based on a fictional story but has a sense of reality to it. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in race relations or anyone who has an interest in racism in America. I would rate this book a 5/5.
@GhostedBooks of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Gina_Vee Oct 19, 2019

This was a hard read for me. In fact, it was so hard that I couldn't write this until I read it a second time. The book goes deep into the subject of race as it plays out and as it's discussed in real life. It's worth the read.

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