Dear Martin was an absolute knock out of a read, it should be on every high schooler’s must read list. Dear Justyce imagines Justyce a little older and receiving letter this time from acquaintance Quan who has been recently incarcerated. From the letters we learn about the “crime” he is convinced of, the state of his home life and the depth of his heart. Justyce fights hard for Quan and his chance at freedom.
This story explores how a kid can get caught up in a lifestyle that they don’t necessarily want but one that gives them more than they currently have. How easily that decision can cost them everything. How honor and respect in criminal organizations can lead to good kids taking the rap for terrible crimes.
I loved the continuation of the epistolary style. Showing the depth and heart behind “street kids” or incarcerated people who made one wrong decision was so important. If you haven’t read these two, please do. It will open your heart and show you a perspective you need to see.
What reads have you prioritized for Black History Month?