Kid’s Book Review: Dear Justyce

Kid’s Book Review: Dear Justyce

About the Book and Author

For teen readers this is sequel to the New York Times bestseller Dear Martin by author Nic Stone who unflinchingly explores the impact of racism and inequality on young Black lives. Our young reviewer said it made him think about the Criminal Justice System in the UK, where the book is published by Simon & Schuster.

Vernell LaQuan Banks and Justyce McAllister grew up a block apart in the Southwest Atlanta neighborhood of Wynwood Heights. Years later, 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 and letters to Justyce, 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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Nic Stone is a native of Atlanta and a Spelman College graduate. After working extensively in teen mentoring and living in Israel for a few years, she returned to the United States to write full-time.

Nic’s first novel, Dear Martin, is loosely based on a series of true events involving the shooting deaths of unarmed African American teenagers. Shaken by the various responses to these incidents–and to the pro-justice movement that sprang up as a result–she began the project in an attempt to examine current affairs through the lens of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s teachings.
You can find out more on her website

Book Review

Once I started reading Dear Justyce I was unable to put it down

Once I started reading Dear Justyce I was unable to put it down. I really enjoyed this book as it enabled me to empathise with the main character, Quan and what is currently happening in today’s society with how black youths are unfairly treated by the criminal justice system.

I truly thought this book was powerful as the comparison between Justyce’s and Quan’s life journey shows how easily problems can escalate and lead to things spiralling out of control, driving the two characters down two very different roads.

Through flashback and letters to Justyce the story unfolds of how a sequence of unfortunate events and misunderstandings leads to the arrest of Quan for murder. Quan’s hope of a bright future slowly drips away leaving Quan feeling hopeless and alone.

Reading this story made me feel angry and frustrated that problems in our justice system still exist and can influence someone’s actions and their future. Quan’s future had seemed bright but racial injustices prevented him from meeting his full potential.

Now I can’t wait to read ‘Dear Martin’ and other books written by Nic Stone.

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Reviewer Profile

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  • Name: Jacob
  • Age: 14 years
  • Likes: sport, history and holidays
  • Dislikes: early mornings and onions
  • Favourite Book: Scythe By Neil Shusterman
  • Favourite Song: Feel Good Inc. by Gorrilaz
  • Favourite Film: Star Wars