After loving Dear Martin earlier this year, Dear Justyce became one of my most anticipated releases of the year and I have finally gotten around to reading it and these are my thoughts.
Shortly after teenager Quan enters a not guilty plea for the shooting death of a police officer, he is placed in a holding cell to await trial. Through a series of flashbacks and letters to Justyce, the protagonist of Dear Martin, Quan’s story unravels.
From a troubled childhood and bad timing to a coerced confession and prejudiced police work, Nic Stone’s newest novel takes an unflinching look at the flawed practices and ideologies that discriminate against African American boys and minorities in the American justice system.
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Instantly I found myself really enjoying the character Quan, this is because we get to see more of him then we did in Dear Martin, we get to see what made him the person he is today as well what made him do what he did to get him in prison.
The style of this book is very similar to Dear Martin, with the letters being addressed to Justyce (the main character from Dear Martin) and getting to know Quan inner thoughts and what is going through his head during some of the very difficult times that he was going through. This style is something I have come to love and would love to see more of this style from other authors.
When you are reading this book I can almost guarantee that you will stand to understand more about why people get into the situations they do, such as gangs and breaking the law.
After loving both this as well as Dear Martin I can’t wait to read more from Nic Stone as I think it is almost certain to be a good book coming from them.