Jan 10, 2021Green_Cat_68 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I read Just Mercy in an optional book program over winter break, and found it a very touching and emotional novel. It details Bryan Stevenson’s experiences freeing wrongly convicted individuals from death row and his own stories involving racism and prejudice. Although I was aware of the injustice in society, in a way, I was still completely blind towards how exactly these oppressed people felt. Reading the array of detailed and vivid stories in Just Mercy opened my eyes to the fact that there are people, who come from all sorts of different backgrounds, that suffer from this clear unfairness.
I admired the way that he blends these anecdotes with facts, knowledge and reason that clearly show that something is amiss with our current society. The commentary and transitions used to describe cases were seamless, making each one just as significant as the other. There were moments in the book that I found upsetting because I was unable to believe that it had happened in real life. For example, a case that involved an obviously innocent man being put on death row for murder escalated to the point where people were so eager to blame someone that further steps were taken to create ‘evidence’ to further support this claim.
In general, Just Mercy covers some heavy topics so I would only recommend it to young adults and up (this was offered to high school students to give an idea). Otherwise, I feel as if everyone should read it at least once in their lifetime.