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Book Review: Dear Justyce (Dear Martin #2)

Book Details:

  • Published Date: September 29, 2020
  • Author: Nic Stone
  • Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Realistic Fiction, African American
  • Format: Audible
  • Narrator: Dion Graham
  • Length: 4h 45m
An unflinching look into the tragically flawed practices and silenced voices in the American juvenile justice system.
Vernell LaQuan Banks and Justyce McAllister grew up a block apart in the Southwest Atlanta neighborhood of Wynwood Heights. Years later, though, Justyce walks the illustrious halls of Yale University…and Quan sits behind bars at the Fulton Regional Youth Detention Center.
Through a series of flashbacks, vignettes, and letters to Justyce – the protagonist of Dear Martin – Quan’s story takes form. Troubles at home and misunderstandings at school give rise to police encounters and tough decisions. But then there’s a dead cop and a weapon with Quan’s prints on it. What leads a bright kid down a road to a murder charge? Not even Quan is sure.

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I enjoyed Dear Martin, but I think I enjoyed this one a lot more. This one felt really relatable for me. Although, in books like this, you can kind of read and predict what will happen, it still shows a lot of realistic issues throughout the pages. This book is about Quan, Justyce’s friend.

You see situations like this where a kid will get arrested for a crime they didn’t commit and when they are interrogated they are almost forced into a confession. This book follows a similar scenario of the letter writing, except Quan is writing to Justyce.

Justyce, is writing back to Quan consistently, until one statement in one of Quan’s letters really stick out to him. From then on, Justyce does everything in his power to help free his friend and get him back on the right path.

Although this is the second book in a series, you can read this one alone without reading the the first book.

My Rating:

4 star

Have you read Dear Justyce? What were your thoughts?

Check out my book review for Dear Martin (Dear Martin #1).

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