Review of Dear Martin by Nic Stone

4 out of 5 stars

Though I should have been expecting it, the fact that this book is a total tearjerker caught me off guard. That being said, though, it was absolutely worth it.

This book follows Justyce as he deals with racist micro- (and sometimes macro-) aggressions at his primarily white boarding school, all while writing letters to Martin Luther King Jr. in a effort to figure out, “What would Martin do?” As it becomes more and more difficult to be a black person in his community (and in the United States as a whole) the answer to that question becomes more elusive.

The writing in this book is powerful. The narrator for the audiobook (Dion Graham) is wonderful, with pacing and tone that pull you in and don’t let you go. Everyone I’ve heard from recommends this book to anyone who enjoyed The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and I have to enthusiastically support that suggestion. Much like The Hate U Give, I feel like this book should be required reading for everyone in the U.S.

Author: SeeOwlRead

They/She. I’m a queer reviewer and librarian.

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