Dear Martin Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Number one New York Times best seller.
One of Time magazine’s 100 best YA books of all time.
After a traffic stop turns violent at the hands of the police, a young Black teen grapples with racism - and what it means for his future. Critically acclaimed author Nic Stone boldly tackles America’s troubled history with race relations in her gripping debut novel.
Justyce is a good kid, an honor student, and always there to help a friend - but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs without cause.
When faced with injustice, 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 and a friend spark the fury of an off-duty cop. Words fly, shots are fired, and the boys get caught in the crosshairs. But in the media fallout, it's Justyce who is under attack.
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|Listening Length||4 hours and 32 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 17, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #5,248 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#7 in Fiction on Violence for Teens
#11 in Fiction on Racism & Discrimination for Teens
#14 in Multicultural Fiction for Teens
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In this novel, Justyce McAllister—a bright, motivated, top-of-his class student—takes it one step further. As he navigates a contemporary Atlanta where he is still seen more for the color of his skin than the content of his character, he regularly writes to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a journal, hoping that it will help him put Dr. King’s teachings into practice in order to manage everything that’s thrown at him.
I don’t want to give away the exact situations he faces, but I will say this: there is a safety in fiction that allows us to witness and begin to understand the harder stories and truths we flinch from in real life. Books like this get important views considered, get important conversations started. As a white person, I needed to get to know Justyce, for I’ve never been in his shoes, and the fact is that his fictional shoes are worn by millions today. As a mother to white children, I needed to own this book in order to place it into my kids’ hands and ensure the messages inside it are nailed home. Over and over again, until things do get better.
I highly recommend this book, and hope it gets into as many hands and hearts as possible.
stop with this mess and let folks do what they do without this constant lie.
DEAR MARTIN is a lightning fast read--and it's structurally neat with like almost play-like dialogue exchanges--and it's telling a heartbreaking and important and hard-to-look-away-from story. I love Jus. He's a wonderful character. His mom is so real, and his teacher Doc is awesome. And his friends are people I want to know. No spoilers, but this to say, I wasn't expecting the plot of this book to go the way it did: that is, the novel itself wasn't predictable.
Although, yeah, of course, I was expecting it too go where it did--since this book is exactly what's happening in the US right now.
All in all, an amazing read that everyone, and I mean everyone should read. But also, the story and characters are so real that there's pleasure in reading this book too.
I cannot wait for Nic Stone's next book.
Dear Martin follows Justyce who is a black teen boy who goes on a journey of discovering the hardships of being a black male.
I must say I am impressed with the many topics this book covers from racial profiling, affirmative action, going along with racist jokes and more. Dear Martin would be a perfect book for a high school class because of the topics it discusses, the engaging story and the short length.
Personally, just like The Hate U Give, Dear Martin was hard to read. My children are black and it’s frustrating & heartbreaking to know the issues presented in the book is reality for many black men and for my sons as they get older. The idea that they’ll deal with racism solely because of their skin color guts me and the possibility of someone harming them because of it, I can’t even think about it.
Thank you Nic Stone for writing a piece of literature that I hope helps many people see problems of today and revisit how they think.
Issues: My main issues with the book were structural. 1. It was short, just over 200 pages. I heard it originally was longer but cut shorter to make it more impactful. I wish there had been a little more development here. 2. The structure and formatting of the book threw me a little. The majority of the book is written in a regular formatting but then randomly dialogue is formatted in a bullet point style. I thought it was a mistake at first. It was interesting but I’m not sure I was sold on it. I did also like the letters written to Dr. King.
Overall: This was an important read. Please read it
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I won't lie, there were moments when reading this where I wanted to throw my tablet across the room and out of a window. Not because the story was bad in a literary sense, but because the subject matter was so real and so raw I couldn't help but think about all the real people, all the poor victims whose faces and names have been on the news or just not found at all. This book made me feel physically sick at points because it sent me into empathetic overdrive. I wanted to both step into the book and help the characters, and cross an ocean to help real people.
On a different note, I think the writing was stronger when the book showed Justyce's letters. I was expecting the whole book to be in letter form, so I was a little surprised when it turned into a 3rd person story. Those sections, even though they were the sections that got the emotional reactions from me, didn't feel as strong in terms of writing style. But, saying that, there is a definite improvement from start to end.
I cannot wait to see where the story goes with Dear Justyce. Nic Stone is a great writer and I cannot wait to read more from them!
I felt so many emotions whilst reading this book, mainly of sadness and anger. Justyce is struggling with his feelings and thoughts with the recent turns of events and starts to write them down in the form of a letters/journal to Martin Luther King Jr. It felt very personal reading someone’s most inner thoughts. It made me think back to my time as a seventeen year old and the trivial issues I thought were huge at that time yet now feel so little in comparison to what sadly so many still have to face like Justyce even in the present, real day. He even has to face constant racist remarks from his close white friends! It was sad to see the gap widening between them all.
Dear Martin is a relatively short read at less than 200 pages but it packs a real punch. It evoked a whole heap of emotions at the injustice of what some of the characters have to face. It actually made me feel sick to the stomach at how things get twisted in the media and the courts. Even though it’s classed as a young adult book, it’s one that should be read by everyone. As soon as I finished this book and saw there was a book two, I went ahead and purchased it straight away. A story that will stick with me for a long time and one I hope that we, as a human race can learn from.
I love the two different black perspectives, Manny; a black wealthy teen who has been raised without any real discussion on racist and Justyce; a scholarship student in an elite school. How the two boys view, and are views by their white classmates is in my view a very accurate view on real life by the author.
We create the world we live in - be more Martin, all.