Dear Martin - Part One, Pages 1-45 Summary & Analysis

Stone, Nic
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Summary

The novel opens with an epigraph from Dr. Martin Luther King’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech: “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.”

Justyce responds to a 3 a.m. call that his ex-girlfriend Melo needs help. He walks over from his friend Manny’s house and finds Melo in a parking lot. Despite her intoxication and hostility, Justyce still finds her half-black, half-Norwegian beauty attractive. As he tries to lift her into the car, she vomits on his prep school hoodie. Justyce considers just calling her parents, but she is unconscious and vulnerable. When Justyce lifts her into her car's backseat, a police officer handcuffs him and slams him to the ground. Justyce tries to explain the misunderstanding; but, the officer hits him across the face and calls him a “son of...

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