by Nic Stone
read in May 2017
I received an e-ARC from Random House Children’s through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
It has been months since I wrote a review, but since Dear Martin is a review copy, I didn’t want to postpone writing it. I do have to put a little disclaimer at the top of my review: I am a white person. This book is written by a black woman and is about racial profiling in the USA. My opinion as a white person doesn’t matter, so please, read reviews by black people as well!
I was so excited when I found out my ARC request got approved; I started reading it right away! Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy Dear Martin as much as I had hoped. I can’t put my finger on why exactly, but there certainly were a couple of things I personally didn’t enjoy about this book:
Until I researched the author, I was convinced Dear Martin was written by a man. Some objectifying remarks about women were made, which is why I don’t tend to read a lot of books featuring male protagonists and/or books written by male authors. Can authors just stop with lowkey sexist remarks like “You sound like a damn girl right now with all this gossiping shit.”…
My main issue was definitely the amount of coincidences and plot twists.
Towards the end of the book, I had the feeling as if a black character was killed off for the redemption arc of a white side-character. Once the black character is murdered, the white one decides to study African American Studies and Civil Rights Law, whereas he had previously made numerous racist remarks. I don’t feel comfortable condemning this as this is a book written by a black person, but I do think this is very iffy.
I’d still urge people to pick up Dear Martin, because it deals with such an important topic and is a quick read.