Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Dear Martin

Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.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 neig...

Details Dear Martin

TitleDear Martin
Release DateOct 17th, 2017
PublisherCrown Books for Young Readers
Number of pages224 pages
GenreContemporary, Young Adult

Reviews Dear Martin

  • Aila
    4.5 stars, rounded up because that ending was so full of hope and change that I teared (not for the first time while reading)Quick points before posting review:- From the very first chapter, I knew I would love reading from Justyce's point of view. It's a third person limited POV and we see him taking care of his ex-girlfriend who is drunk, despite breaking up recently. I knew from then Jus- debate team captain, scored almost perfect on the SAT+A...
  • Sandhya Menon
    Beautiful, powerful, and nuanced. This is one book every school library NEEDS to have on the shelf, and every parent must have their child read, regardless of race/ethnicity or gender. It would go well paired with The Hate U Give and Jason Reynolds' work. The ending was bittersweet and stayed with me long after I closed the book. Highly recommended.
  • Anna Priemaza
    I thought this book would make me sad and angry--and it did, many times, but not in the big picture way I expected. I actually came away from the book feeling uplifted. Because DEAR MARTIN is a book that again and again asks, “why?” and then again and again answers, “because we're human.” Which is a sad, heart-wrenching thing, but also such a beautiful thing. Every single character in this book is just so profoundly human.DEAR MARTIN is a...
  • Stefani Sloma
    Raw, emotional, authentic, and honest. Nic is such a fantastic author. Her dialogue is seriously on point. More later.
  • Scott Wisdom
    Got to read a nearly finished version of DEAR MARTIN this week, and 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...
  • KT
    I may add to this review later, because I'm still processing, but this has been my most anticipated read of 2017, and it delivered in every way. DEAR MARTIN should be required reading for teens (and maybe humanity as a whole). Compelling, nuanced, and thought-provoking, this is the kind of book that can open people's minds and, hopefully, even change them. Nic Stone did an outstanding job seeing and approaching the issue of racial profiling from ...
  • Jillian Heise
    A powerful debut that grabs the reader from the start and doesn't let go. An important book to add to the conversation about police brutality and race relations in America and how it impacts the lives of black teen boys. Pair this with All American Boys & The Hate U Give, and open up conversations with teens, and adults, in your life.
  • Gwen Cole
    This book will make you think. This book will make you see things you thought you already saw. This book will stay with you long after you've read it. Couldn't recommend it more.
  • Ryy
    I had the pleasure of being a sensitivity reader for this novel, and I must say. It is breath taking a full forward of the book can be found here
  • Ashley
    Get ready to be woke all the way up. Amazing characters, moving plot, unforgettable story.
  • Robin
    It felt a little rough at the beginning, then suddenly I was done with the book! I raced through it, and feel like I may need to go back and read it again to pick up all the things I'm sure I missed. Well done.
  • Sonia
    I read this book faster than most anything I've read in a long time, because I was so absorbed in Justyce's story and the fierce and beautiful way it's told here. To say that DEAR MARTIN feels relevant to our current times and our country's history of racism and prejudice and oppression is an understatement. It is a mirror, and the reflection is not something we all like to see. But this sort of reality check is absolutely what we need during thi...
  • S.F. Henson
    DEAR MARTIN is so utterly fantastic that I can't put it into words. This story is real and raw and heart-breaking and thought-provoking and fury-inducing and heart-warming, all at once. It will make you think and rage and cry and swoon, and when it's over you'll immediately want to flip back to the beginning and start again. Justyce is the kind of character you don't want to leave. His journey through this book is one that I think a lot of reader...
  • Claire
    Nic Stone has created an excellently crafted window on the brutal challenges that young black boys and men face socially and in interactions with police. Justyce McAllister, age 17, among the top 4 of his private boarding school in Atlanta is accosted, cuffed and arrested while helping a friend- the assumption is that a young black man could only be trying to harm someone. Initially shocked, he realizes that no matter what he achieves he will hav...
  • Amy
    Another important read. Should be read widely and discussed. The key is to have conversations that make us uncomfortable and acknowledge our built in prejudices, by standing, and how we can empower our students to do the same.
  • Sarah
    I was lucky enough to get my hands on an early copy of this, and I can't recommend it highly enough. Penned half in narrative, half in letters, Dear Martin follows main character Justyce as he weaves his way through moral complexities inspired by a number of national news events. From page one, you know you're dealing with a good guy navigating an array of complicated, academic, familial, societal...and I predict you'll fly...