Oct 24, 2017

An unflinching,unapologetic story || Dear Martin by Nic Stone ( Review + Blog Tour + Giveaway )

Hello my lovely bookworms, let me welcome you today to my stop of the Dear Martin blog tour! ( It was supposed to be yesterday, actually, but scatterbrained Mishma messed up her dates *facepalm*) This book is amazing, and you all HAVE to read it! Let's delve further into why Dear Martin is hands down one of the best books of this year.

Dear Martin

Title : Dear Martin
Author : Nic Stone
Publisher : Crown
Release Date : October 17th 2017

Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.

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

"How different would things have gone had I not been a black guy?"

Dear Martin is brilliant.

It's also raw, honest, emotional, unapologetic and powerful. It's the kind of book that leaves you stunned in just about 200 pages, however it will take you days to stop thinking about Jus, the story and the questions the book leave behind in you.

Justyce is not perfect, and that's what makes him amazing. He has a lot of questions, a lot of dilemmas and he makes mistakes, but as you go along with him in this beautiful journey, his voice rings true and clear, and one can't not fall in love with this wonderful wonderful boy.

All the secondary characters make an impact as well. Moreover all of their relationships with Jus is unique and special. Manny and Jus' friendship is so pure, even when there's disagreement on the subject of privilege and silence. The love between Jus and his mother is immense even when their opinions clash. SJ and Jus' romance was adorable - Also SJ was a firecracker, I absolutely loved her. She was everything a white ally should be, fierce, passionate, vocal while also knowing her lanes and limits. The adults - especially Manny's dad - showed how certain things will never change for POCs no matter what heights we reach. I even ended up liking douchebag Jared, who evolved throughout the book in the best way possible - even though he had to learn things the hard way.

What I loved the most about Dear Martin was that it was straight to the point. Nic doesn't spend a lot of time or pages beating around the bush - to be honest, in a book like this, you can't afford to do that. Nor does she try to get philosophical or melodramatic anywhere. Dear Martin is the kind of book that gives you the facts and the questions - blunt, straight and raw, and leaves you to make the rest out of it. The best part is that it's a book about race. A book about being black in the US, especially now. A book about inequality and justice. And the book doesn't shy away from pointing that out directly,or try to be anything else. It hits the nail right on the head on every single aspect of being POC and being black the story tackles.

The conflict in Dear Martin has a lot of layers. The struggle of fitting in, the question of one's privilege, the judgement that comes with one's skin colour and the prejudices that follows a black guy everywhere. I think the most prominent line in the book that struck with me the most was this - "Why try to do the right if people will always look at me and assume wrong?" Because eventually that's what racism and judgement ends up doing to people, and I think that's one of the saddest ironies of the world we live in now. 

I loved that the book was so relevant and so timely. And no I am not talking about the general conversation on racism or the subject of the unfairness of the legal system. The book addressed certain branches of debates that have risen in the whole conversation right now, probably one of my favourite being the"affirmative action discriminating against members of the majority". It's a stupid argument that makes me roll my eyes whenever someone brings it up - that POCs are getting the chances white people deserve just because they're POCs - and I think the book gave the whole concept a really good counterargument.

Even if I write a 1000 word essay, I probably won't be able to give the book complete justice - Speaking of, Jus' name was one amazing irony - but all I can say is please read the book. Please read this important, beautiful, spectacular and mind blowing book. Please get to know Justyce' story, because this book is hands down a must read. I recommend Dear Martin wholeheartedly, and this is definitely not a book to miss in 2017.

Find it:
 Amazon | Audible | B&N | iBooks | TBD | Goodreads

About the Author

Nic Stone was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, GA, and the only thing she loves more than an adventure is a good story about one. After graduating from Spelman College, she worked extensively in teen mentoring and lived in Israel for a few years before returning to the US to write full-time. Growing up with a wide range of cultures, religions, and backgrounds, Stone strives to bring these diverse voices and stories to her work.
You can find her goofing off and/or fangirling over her husband and sons on most social media platforms as @getnicced.


3 winners will receive a finished copy of DEAR MARTIN, US Only.

Check out the rest of the tour

Week One:
10/16/2017- LILbooKlovers- Interview
10/17/2017- YA BibliophileReview
10/18/2017- Mama Reads BlogGuest Post
10/19/2017- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
10/20/2017- Eli to the nthExcerpt

Week Two:
10/23/2017- Chasing FaerytalesReview
10/24/2017- Omg Books and More BooksInterview
10/25/2017- BookHounds YAReview
10/26/2017- Novel NoviceGuest Post
10/27/2017- The Bookish LibraReview

Week Three:
10/30/2017- Never Too Many To ReadReview
10/31/2017- Mrs. Knott's Book Nook- Interview
11/1/2017- Reese's ReviewsExcerpt
11/2/2017- Novel InkReview
11/3/2017- Wandering Bark BooksGuest Post

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