Dear Justyce

Nic Stone

fiction contemporary young adult
challenging emotional hopeful medium-paced

288 pages | first published 2020

In the stunning and hard-hitting sequel to the New York Times bestseller Dear Martin, incarcerated teen Quan writes letters to Justyce about his experiences in the American prison system.

Shortly after teenager Quan enters a not guilty plea for the shooting death of a police officer, he is placed in a holding cell to await trial. Through a series of flashbacks and letters to Justyce, the protagonist of Dear Martin, Quan's story unravels.

From a troubled childhood and bad timing to a coerced confession and prejudiced police work, Nic Stone's newest novel takes an unflinching look at the flawed practices and ideologies that discriminate against African American boys and minorities in the American justice system.

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emotional 84%
challenging 61%
hopeful 51%
reflective 42%
tense 30%
inspiring 28%
sad 26%
dark 21%
informative 21%


fast 50%
medium 48%
slow 2%

Strong character development?

Yes: 95% | It's complicated: 2% | N/A: 2%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 90% | It's complicated: 9%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 80% | It's complicated: 17% | N/A: 2%

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