Dear Martin (Book Review)

Last week I wrote about The Poet X and this week I’m focusing on the author half of that New Year’s post. I finished Dear Martin by Nic Stone in two days, but first, pictures:

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Two for Tuesday – New Year, New Books

Happy New Year! We’ve successfully made it into 2019 and to rein in the new year, I purchased more books. New books also mean new pictures, so here is a shot I took right after I opened my package.

I’ve decided to treat myself, especially since these books were in my TBR for so long and I couldn’t stop thinking about them. These two should be great follow ups to The Education of Margot Sanchez.

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Black Klansman (Book Review)

*Synopsis*

Black Klansmen is the story of how Detective Ron Stallworth went undercover and joined the Colorado Springs chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. Detective Stallworth was one of the only black men working in his department. This nonfiction account includes how Detective Stallworth gained information on the KKK and continued to fool them over the course of a year, with the help of a white counterpart. Amid conflict in his department, Detective Stallworth continued pushing for what he believed to be right.

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Hunger (Book Review)

*Synopsis*

*Trigger Warning: Rape and Domestic Abuse*

Hunger is a memoir of Roxane Gay’s struggles with obesity, among other things. She writes about the traumatic experience that caused her to begin over eating. Gay includes that becoming bigger seemed to provide some solace after the experience, it seemed her only true escape. She also goes over her relationships with family, friends, and significant others.

*Review*

I listened to Hunger as an audio book narrated by the author. I was surprised by how personal Roxane Gay got when it came to sharing her story. It was tough to hear just how much she had been hurt in the past. She also talks about her sexuality and how that has had a role in shaping the woman she became. 

I don’t know if I can give this book a real rating. It’s necessary in this current social climate. The Me Too movement has began helping books like this prosper, as they should. This book is a true, raw reflection of life after rape. Gay refers to herself as a victim of the assault and her account can serve to help us all understand victims more.

The Hate U Give (Movie Review)

The Hate U Give is based on the book of the same name written by Angie Thomas and published last year, February. Both are about the main character, Starr Carter, and the actions she takes on after witnessing her childhood friend get shot at the hands of a police officer. Both the film and book focus on how she copes through the reality of what she witnessed and the steps that she takes in trying to prevent something like that from happening again. The Hate U Give is a story of activism, friendship, police brutality, family, gangs and most importantly: THUG LIFE.

I just saw this movie last night. I read the book last year and once I heard there was a movie coming, I just knew I had to go see it. I had wanted to see it during the early screenings but college doesn’t work like that, so I’ve had multiple exams and quizzes every week for the past month or so. I just got through a big exam Thursday and I decided Friday would be as good a time as any to go out and see The Hate U Give.

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