By Stephanie Hanlon
Dear Justyce tells the story of a young black boy who is wrongfully incarcerated, as he looks back on his life and how he came to be imprisoned. Through letters, flashbacks and traditional storytelling, Stone creates a story which is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. This is a story of friendship, of justice and of systematic racism which plagues not only America, but the world.
Though this is a sequel, it is not necessary to have read the first in the series – though it would be advised, if only to further enjoy Stone’s wonderful work.
The book deals with difficult topics and these are handled with delicacy and talent, offering the reader a host of unique, compelling characters. Through Stone’s unconventional (at times) writing style, the protagonist Vernell comes to life, engaging and relatable as the story unfolds.
Overall, this is a powerful novel which offers a strong narrative, well rounded characters and a message which should linger within the reader.
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