Book Review: Dear Martin


Dear Martin

By: Nic Stone

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.


Genre: Young Adult

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Bookish tip: Read this now.

I am simply blown away. Dear Martin by Nic Stone is so raw and so powerful that no words will do it justice (no pun intended). There is nothing I can say in this review that can accurately describe this 200+ page force of influential writing.

Justyce, the main character, faces situations that are filled with prejudices, gaslighting and racism. These same situations have him stuck in between a rock and a hard place. He is basically staring down two different paths with two different lifestyles throughout the entire plot. To help sort through his feelings on how he should react and on the kind of person he should be, Justyce writes letters to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The entire book gives readers such an overwhelming (in a great way), eye opening, intense perspective that I believe Dear Martin should be required reading for every high school student. In fact, I think EVERY ONE should pick this one up immediately. It is such an important read!

Recommendation: Just in case the paragraph above doesn’t persuade you, READ THIS. 1,000% READ THIS.

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4 comments on “Book Review: Dear Martin”

  1. I’m going to have to check out who the narrator is for this for the audio book. I like to listen to moving books like this if the narrator is good, because I feel like it adds even more meaning to the words.


  2. I just recently read this book, I think my review will be posted next week, and although it was short it was POWERFUL!!!!! Audiobook was fantastic too!


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