You need to read this book.
Everyone needs to read this book.
The cover to this book is exceptional. I love the colouring and everything about it. It’s so beautifully designed. It’s one of my favourite covers.
I read this book at the beginning of the month before I got into my reading slump. It wasn’t really a slump but I found myself taking so long to read books that I was actually enjoying. I just had no desire to read.
So, I was fully invested in this book. Honestly, it had me from the first page. It’s such an incredible, powerful and moving novel. Dear Martin is not just a story told through letters but is told through many narrative structures that simply make a great addition to the story telling. The letters to Martin Luther King that the protagonist, Justyce McAllister, allows us to truly see the thoughts and questions that he is raising about society unfiltered. It’s during these pages where the book becomes very thought provoking. Even though as a white woman, I can not relate to the racism Justyce faces, I found myself asking questions as well. Nic Stone did a wonderful job of really capturing the struggles that Justyce McAllister throughout the novel.
I fell in love with most of the characters in the book. It was hard not to. Stone created such interesting and different characters that really made it intriguing to read their conversations. The group of characters are often in discussion about race, gangs and other tough issues. Nic Stone did an excellent job of approaching these issues and offering a variety of perspectives from her diverse characters. These discussions are truthful, intense and uncensored, making readers truly see the faults within society. During these discussions, Stone did an excellent job of writing them. In life, when we have serious discussions or debates its a flurry of people speaking their opinions very fast. Stone conveys this by turning the usual narrative form into a script like form to truly demonstrate the fast paced conversation happening.
The way Nic Stone’s writing style changed dependent on the situation and what was happening within the novel. I loved it. It was slightly experimental but executed perfectly. It made the read, for me, so much more interesting. I love it when writers explore and play with the boundaries of writing. It keeps it original and fresh.
However, this story was not just intense read on race through discussions and letters. It was a story about friendships, relationships and learning about ourselves. Through the friendship between Justyce and Manny, Stone balanced the intensity with humour.
This book is not only filled with these powerful letters but it tells a beautiful yet heart breaking story of self-discovery, learning, friendship and race in America.
This has become one of my favourite books of all time. The story had my heart from the first page. It was a heart-breaking yet gripping read. Nic Stone’s writing is absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to read her latest novel Odd One Out which, I believe, is to be released in October.
Please read this book. Its a short novel and is so worth reading. I highly recommend this read.
Thanks for reading!