book review // “dear martin” by nic stone



“Martin, I think I’m losing it…”


dearmartintitle: dear martin
author: nic stone
genre: ya-contemporary
type: hardback
pages: 210
start: 19.11.2017
finish: 19.11.2017
rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5


justyce is at the top of his class and about to graduate soon. but then he is handcuffed by a white police officer for no reason. he starts to write letters to dr. martin luther king jr. and wants to understand his life. one day everything changes and justyce needs to figure out, how to be a good person and do the right thing at the same time.



“dear martin” is a book, that crushed me. there is no other way to say it. it is very short but so much stuff is happening, that it’s hard to comprehend. i read it in one sitting and i went through all emotions there are. i was angry, i was shocked, i was sad, i was speechless. i cried like a baby and it was just an emotional rollercoaster.

justyce is a character, that i immediately liked and wanted to protect. i wanted to protect him from everything he went through. this book is not easy to read, because so much stuff is happening. but one thing never changed and that were my feelings towards justyce. i can’t imagine what it must feel to go through all of this, but i connected so much with justyce and that’s why i wanted to protect him all the time. it wasn’t possible and that’s the reason why i went through all these emotions.

i don’t want to give away spoilers, but this book deals with some hard stuff. i am still not over it and i keep thinking about justyce and his life. about all the racism mentioned in this book. about all those characters with their opinions. i am very proud of justyce and he is just so strong. i would never be able to handle all this. i could understand all of justyce’s actions and his development throughout this book is so good.

what i liked most about “dear martin” was the layout. of course there are justyce’s thoughts, but his letters to martin gave this book so much more power. it really had an impact on me. the scene’s in classes were also layouted very well and it was just a very good read, that was different from other books and made it stand out even more.

SJ was a character, that i really liked and her friendship with justyce was really cute. i loved how she was on his side all the time and wanted to protect him too. it gave me a really good feeling to know, that there is someone standing up for him.



there were one or two scenes between sj und justyce that felt a little bit out of place. i had the feeling, that everything between them was rushed and considering the length of this book, there was just too much to say in such a number of pages. that’s also why i didn’t give this book five stars. i wished that some things were described more and that it wouldn’t feel that rushed in the end. maybe more pages would have been better in this case.



“dear martin” by nic stone will crush you. it’s a very impactful book, that will put you on a rollercoaster of emotions. it deals with heavy topics like raciscm and violence, so be warned. it is an important book in the black lives matter movement and it’s very intense. for all that is happening it is a little bit too short and feels rushed at some points, but the narration is amazing. this book will definitely leave you speechless many times, but i recommend it to anyone.



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