Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Published: 2017
By: Crown Books for Young Readers
Source: Borrowed
Format: Hardcover
ISBN:  9781101939499



After a very traumatic interaction with handcuffs and a gun, Justyce McAllister decides to undertake a personal social experiment by writing letters to the late Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) as a means of understanding today’s prevalent social issue of racism and how MLK may have chose to deal with those situations when he was alive in the 50’s.

Justyce was not a stereotypical African-American teenager who grew up in hardship of gangs, drugs, and violence. Justyce McAllister was a hard-working twelfth grader with great grades, good friends, and an awesome anticipation for his own future. Until one night, while he’s on his way to help his “super hot-mixed-ethnic-but-looks-white” ex-girlfriend avoid an accident, after she’s decided to drink far too much and was going to drive herself home. As Justyce was finishing up the process of strapping the very drunk girl into the backseat of her own car, a police car rolls up behind the car – and thus the beginning of Justyce’s confused attempt to understand this new perspective on how society often sees a young black man even if there is no reason to assume dis-trustfulness.

I enjoyed this book. I saw it recommended by somebody on Twitter and thought it would be a great read after my finals. Nic Stone wrote well and developed the character of Justyce dramatically, especially the before and after of his experience and then when he loses his best friend to a gun. Leaving the story open to be interpreted as ‘not everything is as it seems’, but also not every obvious choice is the right one. Or in Justyce’s case, just because somebody has promised that joining a gang because they may understand the struggle of being a black man in society doesn’t necessarily solve the actual problem of why is it still an issue that society views black men as an issue? Justyce chose to continue being the good person he knows he is and strive to be the best representation of himself for him and his family; by going to Yale, continuing his relationship with a girl that he loves, and persist.




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How I Did in 2017

Happy New Year, friends!

As promised in my last post – here are some stats and graphs of the info I’ve collected throughout the year of my reading habits.

I had a lot of trouble with audiobooks last year. My schedule just never allowed me to focus on the story, and my mind always decided I needed to focus on homework rather than blog-work.

Nothing should be surprising that my top read genre is young adult, but I’m glad that I managed to squeeze a few more graphic novels into my year.


I wasn’t making a conscious effort of what sex the authors of the books I read identified as. I just wanted TO READ!

Every year I thrive to add a few authors from countries other than the US [no offense guys]. Hopefully next year I can break a more even number ratio of American versus the rest of the world.


I did not take part in any challenges this passed year. I found that I was more focused on getting at least one book read a month that I didn’t want to jeopardize it by trying to get a bingo. Although, to be fair I was super interested in taking part in the “Read Harder” challenge, hosted by BookRiot.

The grand total of books read in 2017 is 18 books I’ve tracked separately from Goodreads. My Goodreads account says I’ve read 21 books which means I did not make my 50 books challenge – I’m kind of disappointed, but I’ll survive.


And that’s all she wrote! I’ll end this post with a question:

What kind of reading information do you track?

Happy 2018, may it be filled with the wonders of literary adventure 🙂


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This Year: 2017


This year has been super slow. I have been pretty preoccupied with school stuff (one more year!) and just haven’t been reading as much as I would’ve liked to. Needless to say, I haven’t forgotten you all, I just have started slowing down – it’s like a part-time hiatus?

How did I do? (regarding my resolutions, anyways)

In 2017, I wanted to get through the following 6 resolutions {I’ll cross-off the ones I’ve actually done}:

  1. Participate in at least one challenge
  2. Read a minimum of 50 books – {I only read 21 😦 }
  3. Post at least two book-related confessionals
  4. Review one book-to-movie adaptation
  5. One discussion post?
  6. Drink more tea!

Ouch… Only 1? I either need to lower my expectations or stop making these lists

2017 Reading Stats:

Stay tuned for a more detailed post, which I’m
kind of excited to share with you 🙂

Number of books read: 18… Goodreads says 21 *shrugs*
Genre most read: Young Adult *surprise!*
Longest/Shortest read book: These Shallow Graves (488 pages) / The Go Giver (133 pages)

Fave Books Read:

I am Princess X by Cherie Priest
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas

Most Popular Posts:

Review: These Shallow Graves
A poem by Dr. Seuss
Monthly Wrap-Up #27
Post: How I did in 2016
Discussion: Dream Book Conference Panel

Most Anticipated Titles in the New Year:

I’m looking forward to Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Excerpt via Goodreads

That’s all there is to it, loveys!

Happy fifth year blogaversary to me! To us, really! I’m still trying to figure out my brand in all of this. It’s hard because I’ve been dealing with health issues, and school stuff, and side-gigs. I have at least one more year of school stuffs and then it’s home-free for me and I’ll be able to focus more on all the things I love doing: reading, writing, creating, learning!

I’m always open for book recommendations, so feel free to pop down in the commnts below and say hi and {maybe} throw a book rec my way. Or better yet…

What has been your favorite read book this past year?

What made it so memorable?


If you aren’t following me on Instagram you should, be sure to tag me of what you’re reading to for the new year 🙂 #2018Reads

Happy New Year all and may next year be your best one yet 🙂


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