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Justyce is a smart kid. But because of a misunderstanding and the fact that he is black he was about to be arrested. He never thought something like that could happen to him. In the wake of that scare he begins a journal writing to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in hopes to have a better understanding of why this happened to him.
This was a relatively short book. But at 210 pages this book packs one hell of a punch.
At the very beginning of this book, we see Justyce being the good guy. He just wants to make sure his ex-girlfriend doesn’t get behind the wheel after drinking too much. However, the police see a different story. They see a young black man putting a drunk girl in the back of a car. Even after the girl and her parents explain the situation they still have him in cuffs.
The whole situation really awaked Justyce to an unfair reality. Even though he is one of the best student at his private school, even though he is the captain of his debate team the world will always see him as black man first.
This book tackled so much about privilege, racism, and stereotypes. Justyce was angered by how he was letting his friends and classmates treated him. But most importantly Justyce is angered by the prejudices that he has himself.
This book was so incredibly well done. Justyce is so relatable. I understood his frustration with his best friend as he was letting other walk all over him. I could relate not wanting to speak up against someone in fear of being labeled too sensitive or calling someone a racist.
This was such a well written book that truly made think about how we are treating those around us.
I gave this book an A.
I devour worlds with each new book. I am making up for lost time as a late bloomer of the reading world.