A review by sheryl_reads
Dear Justyce, by Nic Stone

challenging dark emotional inspiring reflective sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


Dear Justyce is a sequel to Dear Martin and follows the story of Quan, an incarcerated teen, through his letters to Justyce.  We hear about Quan’s family, how he became involved in criminal activity and the effect all of this has on his life, both before and after being imprisoned. 

I read Dear Justyce in one day (I did the same with Dear Martin) - couldn’t put it down as I wanted to know what happened to Quan! The story is engaging, the characters are very well written - they jump off the page and feel very real.  There’s humour along with horrific injustices. Within the first 50 or so pages, Dear Justyce had made me tear up and laugh out loud. 

Nic Stone writes hard hitting critiques of American society, but in a way that is never preachy and has great stories and characters at their heart. I loved Dear Martin and Dear Justyce is just as brilliant! 

It was a 5 ⭐️ read for me! And I’d say go read both Dear Martin and Dear Justyce! Justyce does refer back to events in Martin, so it’s worth reading it first. 

I’ll be checking out Nic Stone’s other books too - can’t wait to read more from this amazing author! 😍