Helo little munchkins. How are you all doing? Today I was finally able to read this book and all I can say is wow. Also anyone of ownvoice who read this book and wrote a review on this book can you please leave you link in the review so I and others could read your reviews and learn. This book left me in complete tears and I 1000000000% recommend cliking one of the links below and buying yourself a copy of this book. If you have been wondering if this book is good then let me just say the Hype should be 10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000% stronger for this book and this author.
Anyways, why don’t we get ahead to the review
AUTHOR: NIC STONE
GENRE: YOUNG ADULT, CONTEMPORARY, REALISTIC FICTION
PUBLISHING DATE: 10-17-2017
PUBLISHER: CROWN BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS
Description according to GoodReads,”Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.
Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. 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 goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.”
- This book was so headstrong true. It was a kick you in the crotch, spill water on you, WAKE UP AMERICA, WORLD, EVERYONE type of book.
- Please know that I am white so I will never have the capacity to understand the true struggle thousands upon thousands of other people have to deal with. I do know my privilege but I do make it a point to help others, and learn more and more. So all in all I will never be able to fully say this is a great book as I am not of POC but I appreciate, acknowledge and love others such as Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, and many others not only from POC, but of different sexual orientation, religion, and/or mentally.
- The character development was wonderful as we saw how Justyce changed throughout the book in ways of him brushing over certain things to full on out talking about the issue headstrong.
- The writing was PERFECT.
- I loved how we read certain chapters like a normal book in chapter format yet there was chapters where the MC was writing towards Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
- Yet, it added more of a loving aspect towards the Justyce instead of making it drag along which I have seen plenty in other books.
- Painful parts of the book was reading how terribly his “friends” treat him.
- From the very beginning I was able to see how his so called “friends” were treating him and how it was going to get worse.
- It went from just saying certain words (Which in no case is right) to full on out civilly wrong.
- Another important issue that was tackled on in this book was, Gangs.
- In this book we read and see how in some cases teens get sucked into the gangs for several reasons.
- It also ends up touching upon how when certain young men get into gangs they are lead to believe that proving their worth can only happen through aggression.
- The only issue with this book was, I WANTED MORE. I WANTED TO SOKE UP MORE OF HIS STORY AND LEARN MORE.
- Police brutality was also brought upon in this book.
- I remember reading another review and I am just going to quote because it was said perfectly and link you to it, ” There’s also a heavy line of discussion about police brutality, which we get to see somewhat from both sides: Justyce wonders if one cop’s racism is influenced by having seen his partner shot by a black teen months prior – blame is never 100% placed on either side, and nobody’s actions are justified. As a result of police brutality, Justyce’s best friend’s father joins a protest group (seemingly similar to Black Lives Matter), and is forced to resign from his management position as a result of being seen with “those people”. I know that BLM and police brutality is a hot topic of controversy here in the states lately, and I thought Nic Stone made her points flawlessly.” Link to the person who said this is HERE
- The reason why I just quoted what another review said was because I thought what she said was true and there was way for me to phrase it.
- Another important part of the book was how real Justyce is.
- You could feel the raw and utter emotions that the author was writing into this book.
I give this book 5/5 stars.
- Content warnings: racism, police brutality, violence, death, misogyny/misogynoir.
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About the Author:
According to GoodReads, “Nic Stone was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, GA, and the only thing she loves more than an adventure is a good story about one. After graduating from Spelman College, she worked extensively in teen mentoring and lived in Israel for a few years before returning to the US to write full-time. Growing up with a wide range of cultures, religions, and backgrounds, Stone strives to bring these diverse voices and stories to her work.
Stone lives in Atlanta with her husband and two sons. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram at @getnicced or on her website nicstone.info.”
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