30 June 2020

Dear Justyce; Nic Stone

Dear Justyce (Dear Martin, #2)Dear Justyce by Nic Stone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First of all: WOW.

Justyce is the "good kid", a nearly lifelong friend of Quan's, ending up pre-law at Yale instead of in jail, in a gang or dead. Quan, on the other hand, is in jail after having been part of a gang of sorts. Quan writes to Justyce from his cell, detailing his life in jail and showing an intelligence level that might surprise those who put him there. We learn how his family disintegrated, how his only goal was to keep his younger brother and sister safe and well fed. And then there's the gang. And then jail. Going further would be a spoiler.

I can't wait to share this with my students and other readers. The writing is so powerful, and Quan's voice is so surprisingly alive and not completely beaten down by his circumstances. If this doesn't end up on awards lists I'll be shocked.

eARC provided by publisher.

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