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This Is My America ➺ [Download] ➶ This Is My America By Kim Johnson ➻ – Dear Martin meets Just Mercy in this unflinching yet uplifting YA novel that explores the racist injustices in the American justice systemEvery week seventeen year old Tracy Beaumont writes letters to Dear Martin meets Just Mercy in this unflinching yet uplifting YA novel that explores the racist injustices in the American justice systemEvery week seventeen year old Tracy Beaumont writes letters to Innocence X asking the organization to help her father an innocent Black man on death row After seven years Tracy This Is eBook ☆ is running out of time—her dad has only days left Then the unthinkable happens The police arrive in the night and Tracy’s older brother Jamal goes from being a bright promising track star to a “thug” on the run accused of killing a white girl Determined to save her brother Tracy investigates what really happened between Jamal and Angela down at the Pike But will Tracy and her family survive the uncovering of the skeletons of their Texas town’s racist history that still haunt the presentFans of Nic Stone and Jason Reynolds won’t want to miss this provocative and gripping debut.

10 thoughts on “This Is My America

  1. Zoë Zoë says:

    Review to come but I very much enjoyed this

  2. Bookishrealm Bookishrealm says:

    2020 has a been crap year but it's producing some gems TW murder off the page lynching historical racism Black trauma white nationalist groups This Is My America is than just a book about a young girl attempting to get her father out of prison It is a close examination of mass incarceration and how mass incarceration affects families uite often we look at mass incarceration from the perspective of those that are being incarcerated never giving a second thought to the family members that are left behind In This Is My America Tasha not only fights to deal with the trauma of losing her dad to a faulty justice system but she also fights to use her voice to help him gain his freedom This book wasn't always easy to listen to Some times it hit too close to home but I think it's one that should be read by everyone and taught in classrooms On first appearance This Is My America appears to simply focus on Tasha attempting to contact Innocence X which is a brief nod to Eual Justice Initiative to free her father from death row However as the novel continues it easily becomes an exploration of so much Johnson doesn't shy away from discussing generational trauma the hypocritical side of interracial dating for Black women mass incarceration the faulty justice system and so much Johnson even touches on the danger of being complicit There was this conversation about how White people also deal with generational trauma when they are raised to become racists For some they have an instinctual feeling that it's wrong but from fear of familial and societal judgement they opt to remain silent and become complicit While they may not perpetuate racism they abet those that do I haven't really seen many YA novels take that perspective into consideration What is most intriguing about this novel is that Johnson tackles all of these issues but for some reason the novel didn't come across as overwhelming Everything was woven together perfectly The real star of this novel was Tracy She had this unparalleled strength and courage Not only was she continuously fighting for the freedom of her father she fights to clear the name of her brother after he's accused of killing a white girl I can only imagine how taxing that could be To write letter after letter hoping that someone hears your pleas and believes in your fight against a faulty justice system And Tracy isn't selfish with anything that she learns along the away She teaches classes in the community that focus on knowing your rights when entering into any situation involving the police She remains steadfast in her fight against a system that even for me at times feels impossible to change It's voices like hers that make a difference every single way This book is unlike any other YA book that centers around the Black experience in the sense that it provides a new perspective I know that people will be uick to compare it to The Hate U Give and Dear Martin but honestly it's not This nation talks about mass incarceration and how the 13th amendment provides the loophole needed to justify mass incarceration; however it often forgets about the families it destroys in the process Black people have struggled with the concept of a nuclear family due to the destruction of families during slavery Mass incarceration continues to perpetuate that trauma And Johnson does an excellent job of illustrating that narrative on page Yes I know uite often you hear that Black people don't want to read about trauma and that's warranted You grow tired of hearing one bad thing after another and Jamal Tracy's brother makes that very clear in this book However this book crafts it in a way that opens the gateway for important conversations new conversations My only criticism of this book would probably be in the dynamic between uincy Tracy and Dean I understand why the love triangle was included It's a great insight to interracial dating and the interesting dynamic that interracial dating brings Black women vs Black men as well as dating that's laced in past trauma However I feel as though both uincy and Dean had this constant need to save Tracy that was unwarranted and almost took away from her strength as a character Other than that I thought that this book was amazing I mean I absolutely loved it and can't wait to get my hands on a physical copy If you haven't heard of this book please pick it up now

  3. Ashley Nuckles Ashley Nuckles says:

    I finished this in one sitting and it was PHENOMENAL I was honestly anxious and sickened throughout a good portion of this at the actions of others and how they led to such a real situation that’s happening every single day to this day But this story brought so much light to that and I HIGHLY recommend reading this Definitely one of my favorite stories of the year so far

  4. Beth Beth says:

    5 StarsTW Murder Lynching in the past tense Racism Black Trauma White Supremacists Death Row Police BrutalityI'm just going to come out and say it This book was not on my radar at all in the sense of it becoming one of my favourite books of the year If I remember correctly I'd pre ordered it because of the topic and then I ended up reading this as part of a roll for my September Bookoplathon and I have never felt so happy to read thisThis has a lot of trigger warnings going into this and the topics in this are extremely difficult to read so go into this with some caution if these topics may trigger you but especially with what is going on in the world at this moment this was a very important readThe basis of this is that Tracy is a teenager who is living with the knowledge that her Father is on death row and the days are dwindling down Tracy is wanting to do everything she can to build up interest in the case to get it re opened and potentially save her dad Alongside this something else happens resulting in her brother getting in troubleDuring the story it brings up countless different issues throughout which I can honestly say truly hit a nerve with me I am than aware what can happen to a person of colour if they are seen to be going against the police also well aware this isn't ALWAYS the case but it can happen With saying that I think uincy and his back story was very enlightening You can see with what he has to live with because of the police's actions and on top of that how that effects him in certain situations I just found it so so so heartbreakingWhat else I found interesting was that it called out the system with how people are in prison and stating how some people who are innocent but end up dying on Death Row I wouldn't normally say anything relating to this but this is such an important part of the book it would be kind of weird not to So I'll try and form some words and please don't come for me because these are just my views Anyway we don't have Death Row in the UK and it's not something I agree with anyway but hen it came to this book it radiated the desperation that the Beaumont family felt When I read it I can't even explain the emotions I felt because Tracy and her family as so so so desperate for her fathers freedom it was like you could taste it Along with this it also partially showed how people of colour are likely to go into prison for whatever reason it's explained in the bookThe flow of the story was so engaging as well it riled up so many emotions in me and just how awful the world can truly be I will say that I was able to piece SOME things together but not all of them and either way the way in which it was told was what drew me in than anything I don't want to go TOO much into detail with the ins and outs of characters BUT I want to say that I liked a lot of them There was just so much depth and you could see how tight they all were with one another There were some moments between the characters and their story arcs that absolutely devastated me for a variety of reasons but it was so well executedOverall I would highly highly recommend this to other people to read It was a very difficult read but very powerful I genuinely didn't think that this would be a favourite book of the year but here we are I’m absolutely blown away by this Totally unexpected wasn’t on my radar and is probably one of the best books I’ve read this yearCurrently don’t have my laptop with me but I genuinely hope I can write a full review and give this book the justice it deservesAbsolutely incredible

  5. Corina Corina says:

    Strong performance Very much reminded me of Dear Martin and Just Mercy but it also had a whodunit subplot which I lovedVery well doneMy review is finally live on the blogFind reviews and book recommendations on my blogFollow me on Bookstagram

  6. Liz Lawson Liz Lawson says:

    In short this book is phenomenal Not only did the author tackle incredibly powerful important issues of our times she managed to do so while also writing a compulsively readable book with characters who grab you from page 1 who you care about and love by its end Add it to your 2020 TBR list or you will be missing out on one of the best reads of the year

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  8. BookNightOwl BookNightOwl says:

    Thank you Netgalley and Random House Children's for providing an ARC of This is My America by Kim JohnsonTracy writes letters to Innocence X to help get her father out of prison for a crime he didnt commit For 7 years he has been sitting on death row Then a crime is committed in their town in Texas and Tracy's brother Jamal is the main suspect This book is so revelant with everything that is happening today With the black lives movement Trying to get justice for these crimes that are being targeted against blacks all around the country This is my favorite read so far this year A

  9. Angela Staudt Angela Staudt says:

    Thank you NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review “I want to be angry that Jamal ran but I can’t blame him What else are you supposed to do when the world treats you like a monster?”This Is My America is a book that is so relevant in today’s world and is such a heartbreaking but powerful book This book follows Tracy as she writes letters to Innocence X once a week to help get her father off death row which is where he has been for the past seven years He only has a couple of months left until he will be killed for a crime he didn’t commit While trying to do everything she can to save her father her brother Jamal is the main suspect in a murder that happens in their little Texas town Tracy wants to get to the bottom of what really happened the night Angela was murdered because she knows her brother is innocentI truly loved the characters in this book and had so many emotions reading about them all While Tracy was the main character I cherished all of the characters like Jamal uincy Dean and Steve The author does a spectacular job on showing what it is like being black in America Not just with the justice system but how everything is different for a black person even walking down the street is completely different and a fearful act “It started a debate in history class when white kids asked why it’s not racist to say Black Lives Matter but a problem to say White Lives Matter or Blue Lives Matter What they don’t get is that those lives have always mattered Ours is treated like we’re less than eual Like we don’t deserve the same respect A school shooter can come out alive but a Black kid in handcuffs on the ground can be shot unchecked An AK 47 in a white hand got rights than a Black kid with Skittles”I can’t believe this is a debut I flew through this book in a matter of hours My heart was filled with sadness and rage reading this book because this is what’s happening in America People judge you because of the color of your skin and even if there is no evidence that you actually did the crime if you are black you will be guilty no matter what Our system is corrupt and police brutality is a real and true thing I really loved how the author doesn’t sugar coat anything while it may be rough to read people need to really read the truth about what is happening in this country While this is considered a YA Contemporary it is so much than that and if it were up to me every school would have this as a reuired book to readI challenge all of you to add this to your tbr and on July 28th when this book is published please go buy and read it You will not regret it I promise you

  10. Jenny Baker Jenny Baker says:

    45 starsFantastic The amazingly talented Bahni Turpin narrates the audiobook I absolutely love how she narrates She’s one of my favorite female audiobook narrators This is My America is emotional important and current I love the characters The story breaks my heart and makes me angry because it happens so often My eyes watered than once especially at the end I recommend this 100% This book is ideal for fans of Angie Thomas

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