Dear Martin

Dear Martin

Book - 2017
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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: YA STONE
Characteristics: 210 pages ; 22 cm


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Justyce is bound for a good college and a good life, but all that changes when he is pulled over by a white cop. To make sense of it all, Justyce begins keeping a journal, writing to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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ArapahoeSusanW Jan 16, 2019

A lighter version similar to "The Hate U Give", "Dear Martin" is a compelling story of a young black teen's struggle to resolve the racism he experiences with his personal ambitions.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this story deals with the issues of racism and the relationship between young black men and the justice system.

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Jul 03, 2019

Excellent, excellent, excellent!

I highly recommend this (sadly) contemporary read about race and culture in America. Very real and gets you right in the gut.

Mar 01, 2019

This was a fast-paced and thought provoking piece about race relations in the 21st century. I think there could have been a little bit more exploration into less overt racism to kind of a show a sliding scale, but one part that I really appreciated (and thought was unique to this piece as compared to other books with similar plot lines) was when a white ally apologized for speaking on behalf of the main character about racism rather than giving him the space and support to speak for himself.

SPL_Brittany Feb 13, 2019

A fast paced, thought-provoking engrossing read, that will delight fans of Angie Thomas's "The Hate U Give". Told in compelling prose, Nic Stone's novel focuses on the reality of race relations today, and the struggle that seventeen college-bound Justyce McAllister faces in trying to understand them, and who he is, through the letters he writes to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan 17, 2019

Such a good read! If you like this you need to try out The Hate U Give.

ArapahoeSusanW Jan 16, 2019

A lighter version similar to "The Hate U Give", "Dear Martin" is a compelling story of a young black teen's struggle to resolve the racism he experiences with his personal ambitions.

OPL_MichelleC Jan 16, 2019

Raw, captivating, and undeniably real.

Dec 05, 2018

Amazing book.

CarleeMcDot Feb 21, 2018

I originally saw this title when I was grabbing the link for The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and actually thought it was about Trayvon Martin. It turned out to be a novel about a 17 year old who is trying his hardest to be more like MLK in today's society. It was a very quick read (I think it took me maybe 2.5 hours to get through it), but super powerful. I enjoyed the way the story was told from an outsiders perspective, but then had an incredibly personal touch from the main character's letters he was writing "to" MLK. This is a story that needs to be told. We live in a world where racial inequality exists but just because it commonplace does not make it acceptable, right or permissible. Being disappointed, frustrated or disgusted is not enough. We must ACT. I would give it a 9 out of 10.

Feb 20, 2018

I’m surprised by the good reviews for this book. It was full of stereotypes and it was not well written. Every African-American male in this book is either in a gang, related to someone in a gang, or seriously considering joining a gang. What sort of horrible stereotype is that? The white characters are also over the top stereotypes. I did not need this book to tell me that people who dress up as Klan members, use racial slurs, or have posters for minstrel shows decorating their houses are racist. I knew that already, and I imagine most people reading this book did too. The author had a real opportunity to show how dangerous and pervasive subtle racism can be, but instead the message was that overtly racist people are racist. That is a painfully simplistic way of looking at racism, and there is nothing revelatory about that. The potential of Justyce’s letters to Martin Luther King Jr. is squandered too. He says he’s going to be like MLK, but then 20 pages later he goes to a Halloween party dressed as a “thug” with a classmate dressed like a Klan member. He clearly wasn’t trying very hard to be like MLK or to understand his legacy.

OPL_KrisC Feb 03, 2018

Dear Martin may be a quick read, but it is also a very raw and powerful read. This book deals with the difficult issue of American race relations in a new and unique way. The main character has to deal with numerous issues and looks to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. Justyce decides that he is going to start a journal writing to King so that he can work his feelings out. This is a book that I finished in one day and would recommend to both teens and adults.

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