This is once again one of those books I got and read all because TikTok told me, so we carry on with that mini series but at the same time I am trying to diverse my bookshelves more and this was an author I was told to 100% add to them so here we go.
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.
This was the first book I have ever read that explains the police brutality and racism against POC in such a way that it makes me hate the police. I understand that they are there to make sure people are safe and no one is breaking any laws but they need more training and background checks and numerous other things done to make sure that the racist don’t become a part of the force.
This book opened my eyes to a world I didn’t really understand due to being a white man, I was told to read this book a week after the events of George Flloyds death, and if the events of his death was not enough to change my opinion of the police but with the addition of the book showing to me that this is not a one time thing certainly did.
The way that the book is written is fantastic, it gives us the point of view of Justyce who is just trying to do good and be the best person he can be, but because he is black life is being made a whole lots harder for him and the only way he seems to cope is by writing letters to his hero Dr Martin Luther King. This style of writing with the letters being included is fantastic and it allows us to get to know the character on a much more personal level.
I instantly fell in love with this book after reading and it was a pleasure to reread it for this review, if you have yet to read it then I really suggest that you do and see why I am praising it so much.