Dear Martin by Nic Stone
My rating: ☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ (4 stars)
Favorite quote: “You can’t change how other people think and act, but you’re in full control of you.”
Book Summary (from Goodreads)
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.
This is such a relevant novel. Anyone who likes YA, and even those who don’t, should read this. This book tackles serious issues in an incredibly moving way.
I rarely read contemporary novels, and if I do read contemporary they’re hardly ever from a guy’s perspective. So reading Dear Martin from the perspective of a young, modern, boy was different for me. I enjoyed the writing though, and I liked the story. This definitely isn’t a relaxing read. Reading about racists and gun violence could never be relaxing. But I am so glad this story was told, because I think people can learn a lot from Justyce, SJ, Manny, and even Jared. In my lifetime I have encountered Jareds. One in particular comes to the forefront of my mind. A college athlete in one of my classes did a presentation on how he was at a disadvantage in sports because he’s white, and that’s racist against him. So there are Jareds all over the world, and unfortunately most of them probably won’t change like Jared-in-the-novel did.
Overall, this was a wonderfully relevant novel. Even if you’re not a reader, pick this up! It’s only 200 pages, and I guarantee you’ll walk away with a new perspective.
“You ever consider that maybe you not supposed to ‘fit’? People who make history rarely do.”