Confused and looking for advice on how to deal with a world that seems so divided with hate, Justyce begins writing in a journal to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Then, when Justyce thinks his life can't get any more complicated, what with dealing with a developing crush on his friend and racism amongst his peers, he and his friend Manny get into a dispute over loud music with a white off-duty police officer that quickly escalates and becomes violent.
Dear Martin is definitely a stand-out book. Though the book was a little brief and fast-paced for my liking, it still managed to make me feel happy and hopeful at some parts and infuriated at others. The book highlights an issue of racial injustice in America that is especially powerful after 2020's national awakening for the urgent need of racial justice reform in a country whose racism is older than its constitution. I particularly enjoyed how the story, by nature of its main conflict, did not follow the typical problem/solution story arc, but instead focuses on the fact that events and attacks by white supremacists have a much longer-lasting effect than the media leads the public to believe.
This novel is perfect for anyone looking for a short but powerful read. I would highly recommend it to folks in or older than the "tween" age group who enjoy realistic fiction. Because of its fast pace, the book can easily be enjoyed by both reluctant and avid readers.