Much like Stone's other books that I've read, this is outstanding. A follow up to Dear Martin, this book follows Quan Banks' journey behind bars and his correspondence with Justyce McAllister. Quan and Justyce grew up in the same area but took very different paths to young adulthood. Interspersed with memories of the young men as young boys and present day interactions, we learn why Quan is locked up. Justyce and some friends on the outside team up to try and right the wrongs done while also trying to keep Quan safe from the crowd he ran with prior to prison. Stone is amazing at putting the reader into the story and opening our eyes to the injustice Black youth live with that keeps them down despite their best efforts to rise above. A must read.— From Andi
The stunning sequel to the #1 New York Times bestseller Dear Martin. Incarcerated teen Quan writes letters to Justyce about his experiences in the American juvenile justice system. Perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds and Angie Thomas.
In the highly anticipated sequel to her New York Times bestseller, Nic Stone delivers an unflinching look into the flawed practices and silenced voices in the American juvenile justice system.
Vernell LaQuan Banks and Justyce McAllister grew up a block apart in the Southwest Atlanta neighborhood of Wynwood Heights. Years later, though, Justyce walks the illustrious halls of Yale University . . . and Quan sits behind bars at the Fulton Regional Youth Detention Center.
Through a series of flashbacks, vignettes, and letters to Justyce--the protagonist of Dear Martin--Quan's story takes form. Troubles at home and misunderstandings at school give rise to police encounters and tough decisions. But then there's a dead cop and a weapon with Quan's prints on it. What leads a bright kid down a road to a murder charge? Not even Quan is sure.
"A powerful, raw, must-read told through the lens of a Black boy ensnared by our broken criminal justice system." -Kirkus, Starred Review
About the Author
Nic Stone is an Atlanta native and a Spelman College graduate. After working extensively in teen mentoring and living in Israel for several years, she returned to the United States to write full-time. Nic's debut novel for young adults, Dear Martin, was a New York Times bestseller and William C. Morris Award finalist. She is also the author of the teen titles Odd One Out, a novel about discovering oneself and who it is okay to love, which was an NPR Best Book of the Year and a Rainbow Book List Top Ten selection, and Jackpot, a love-ish story that takes a searing look at economic inequality.
Clean Getaway, Nic's first middle-grade novel, deals with coming to grips with the pain of the past and facing the humanity of our heroes. She lives in Atlanta with her adorable little family. Find her online at nicstone.info or @nicstone.
“A powerful, raw, must-read told through the lens of a Black boy ensnared by our broken criminal justice system.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"This book expands the conversation about systemic racism to include young men of color who don’t fit the demands of respectability politics.... A nuanced perspective on the juvenile justice system." —SLJ
“Nic Stone's layered, painfully timely sequel about racism, police brutality, and incarceration will hit you hard.” —Hello Giggles