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"Raw and gripping." —Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestselling coauthor of All American Boys
A must-read!” —Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give
Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.
Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can't escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates.
Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.
Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it's Justyce who is under attack.
It was ok
I guess my expectations were way too high but I really did not care for this book. Subject matter was great but the way it was executed was very confusing. I could not connect with the main character at all. I read this book in a matter of hours and I still cannot tell you much about him. He supposedly had a girlfriend at first but apparently they broke up and we don't see how or when. He just happened to mention it in his journal. We don't really get a solution to the problems he was having with his mother. It just seemed so rushed. Like I said, the subject matter was great, but I wish it was a little more detailed and polished.