One of the few students of color in Braselton, his full scholarship further separates him from his classmates whose parents have six-figure salaries and are members of country clubs. Even his best friend, Manny, does not fully understand his perspective, having grown up with a mother who is a doctor and father who is a corporate vice-president. Whether dressing up as a Thug for Halloween, riding off in Manny's Range Rover listening to Deuce Diggs, or visiting Quan at Fulton Regional Youth Detention Center, no decision that Jus makes will be without consequences.
A likable narrator, Justyce faces the contemporary issues of teenage life, such as the influence of social media and on-again/off-again relationships, while he must also navigate the two worlds in which he lives. Without apology, preaching, or cliche, Stone explores the issues of incarceration, racial profiling, prejudice, stereotyping, and high school. Trying to please his mother, his letters to Martin allow him to come of age on his own terms and recognize what matters to him as he becomes his own man.
Stone, Nic. DEAR MARTIN. Random House Childrens Books, 2017.