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Dear Martin, Nic Stone and Giveaway!

He is one of the top people in his class and is possibly headed to Yale, but as he is trying to help his ex-girlfriend get into the car after she was drinking, somehow he is the one who is in handcuffs and is being yelled at by police. After that experience he is questioning everything he ever thought of. He is wondering is that all people are ever going to see of him? A black male to be afraid of and to deem as a threat? Justyce begins a

I really enjoyed Dear Martin by Nic Stone! The way it was written really brought the whole thing together. I loved the concept of writing letters to Martin Luther King Jr to try and figure out what was going on in Justyce’s life. Stone brought together so many concepts and ideas that made it a wonderful read. The book is small, but it is mighty. I know this a short and choppy review to put up on this blog, but my full review is on my BookTube channel where you can also find the information to enter into a giveaway!! There are still 8 days left to enter the giveaway of a signed copy of Dear Martin! Until next time,

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The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give

–  Short Story –

You hear about it in the news, it might have happened to someone you know, or it might have happened to a community near you. You never think that it would happen to you. Starr has heard about innocent black people being killed by the police, but she never thought she would be a witness to it. After violence erupts at a party she leaves with a friend, Khalil. When a cop, white, pulls them over on the way home, he immediately asks Khalil to get of the car though they have done nothing wrong. When Khalil turns around to check on Starr he gets shot in the back multiple times. Starr gets out of the car to check on Khalil and finds a gun pointed in her face.
Starr is a part of two different worlds. Her world at school is where she is one of a few black people in her class, and then her world at home where there are no white people. She’s not even sure if she can trust her uncle, a man who had practically raised her, because he is a cop. She feels like she cannot talk to her friends and boyfriend about what happened because they are white, and have never understood where she comes from. The only people she has to depend on is her family.

– My Thoughts – 

This book blew my mind! I absolutely loved every moment of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I actually had to put it down after reading the first chapter, and could only read it a chapter at a time for a little bit. I also started reading it after the verdict came out on the murder of Philando Castille, and so my emotions were very raw. Thomas does an amazing job of showing the life of someone who has to stand up for what is right even when she knows justice is not on her side. She brings in the topics of being Black in America, but also so much more. A lot of Starr’s story touched me personally. I have never had one of my friends killed by the police and had to stand up for them, but in other ways I understand Starr. I’m also in an interracial relationship and sometimes it is hard to explain black America vs. white America, but it’s a conversation that has to happen. I also lived far away from the private school that I went to, on the west side of town, where parents did not like to send their kids to hang out. The emotions that Thomas brought out in this book were real, and it brings up so many discussions. Like how can non- people of color help people of color in times like these. I’m so mind blown by this book that I would recommend it to anyone who asked. Until next time
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Noir Reads: April Unboxing!

You know, I never knew how big book subscription boxes were, until I was out of school. Honestly now that I’m done with school I have learned so much has been happening in the Bookish community, and I’m so excited that it is evolving and growing! One of the subscription boxes that I am apart of is by Noir Reads.

Noir Reads is a box that features topic on black, African, and African-American cultures, history, and political issues, and also features black authors as well. I started receiving the box in February, it was a gift from my mom after she saw it in an article, but April is my first video unboxing! I will link the video below, but I’ll also list what was in the box.

Contents of April Box: Theme, “Black to the Future”

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler, a graphic novel adaptation

“Black to the Future” sticker

Bookmark with a quote by Octavia Butler

Sankofa post card project: This project is to write a postcard to people who have been imprisoned, fighting for the rights of black individuals.

Those were some of the main things from this months box! Check out my video below!

Until Next Time,

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