Don't be fooled by this novel's lack of length - it packs a serious punch. Stone takes a heavy and important topic - police brutality and racial profiling - and expressed a nuanced and innovative take: the main character Justyce writes letter to Dr. Martine Luther King Jr. as a way of processing the racial tensions at his prep school and his (and our) society at large. A focus on Justyce's debate team skills allow readers to see racial biases clearly against the backdrop of proper debate procedure.
— From Niki
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
"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.