Author: Nic Stone
Publisher: Crown Books For Young Readers
Genre/Themes/Demo: YA, Contemporary
Release Date: October 17th 2017
Page Count: 210
Format: Audiobook via Overdrive
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.
- well f*** me, this book broke me
- I wasn’t expecting this one to be as harrowing as it was
- it was short, yet packed a powerful punch
- I read this one around the same time that I read The Hate U Give
- while I won’t compare the two, both tell equally powerful stories
- yes, they are similar in nature, but both tell their own unique stories
- I absolutely loved this story and I can’t wait to read more from Nic Stone in the future!
About The Author
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. You can find her goofing off and/or fangirling over her adorable little family on most social media platforms as @getnicced.
Thank you for reading!