Dear Martin

While I don’t normally enjoy YA, Dear Martin by Nic Stone was an exception. While the characters were teenagers, the book didn’t feel like YA. Justyce is an honor student at a private school, a good kid, and always there to help a friend. However, when he tries to help a former girlfriend, he ends up in handcuffs. Justyce starts a journal to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and asks for answers to his troubles. These journal entries compose every other chapter of the beginning of the book. Then, Justyce and his best friend go for a ride, anger the driver beside them and shots are fired. I won’t spoil the story because you should read it. Suffice it to say, this is an all-too-real novel. It’s a great read, though depressing.

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