AusYABloggers Buddy Read – Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Previously we’ve held chats for our monthly Buddy Reads over on twitter, but we know it’s hard for everyone to come together at one time, with time differences all over OZ and NZ, so we’ve decided to give a new format a try – a blog discussion post.

 Our September buddy read was Dear Martin by Nic Stone

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.

This month’s questions have been submitted by Little Miss Star

1)      Have you read Dear Martin? If so, what did you think of it?

2)      What did you think about Justyce writing letters to Dr Martin Luther King?

3)      What did you think about the social discussions in Doc’s class?

4)      After reading this book – do you think that racial inequality exists, not only in America (where the book is set) but in other countries, too?

5)      What did you think of the Halloween “costumes” that were worn?

6)      Do you think Justyce’s guilt for liking SJ romantically is justified?

7)      Were you concerned when Justyce visited Martel?

8)      How do you think Jared has changed since Manny’s death?

9)      Last question, if you could sum up your thoughts and about Dear Martin in one paragraph, what would you say?

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