Dear Martin is a book that’s been on my TBR since it came out at the end of last year. I loved The Hate U Give and I was kind of indifferent to All American Boys, so I was excited to see another author’s take on this topic. I think that this is an important story to tell, but I wasn’t the biggest fan of its execution.
To start off, I found the writing a little odd. There are some parts that are told pretty traditionally. Other parts are written as letters to Martin Luther King Jr., which makes sense, given the topic of the book. But then there are some parts that are written like a script, which felt so weird and out of place. I don’t understand why this book had to be written in three different styles.
There were some parts of this book that I really liked. I think that the author handled racism really well, not just the overt racism of the shooting, but also the smaller acts that affected Justyce’s everyday life. There’s talk of affirmative action, interracial dating, and insensitive classmates. That said, I wish there would have been more to this book.
The conversations with MLK via letter are good, but I felt like the book got a little too focused on Justyce’s love life rather than the actual, you know, shooting and racial injustice. It’s a good, relevant, important book, but it wasn’t one of my favorites.