A review by whatifitsbooks
Dear Justyce, by Nic Stone

emotional hopeful inspiring reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

 I listened to the audiobook of Dear Martin by Nic Stone years ago, so my memory was foggy. But thankfully you don't need to have read it at all to understand what's going on here. Dear Justyce functions as its own story, which is good because everyone should read it.

Because it doesn't just tell a story, but the truth as well. It shows what happened to the black kids without a supportive system that believes in them, how society turns them into what they fear they would turn out in the end by treating them like shit and lesser than others. Quan's story may be fictional but there's many more like it out there in the real world.

I've also mentioned this before, but I really do hope that the typography was, in fact, intended and not caused by me screwing up the converting process of my ebook, because this really added to Quan's voice and the story as a whole. Every line break felt like a gut punch and I absolutely loved that. 

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