This is My America is a book written by Kim Johnson because it’s a book she wanted to see out in the world. The more books that become available about POC for POC, the better our world is for it. The more diversity that becomes available, the less hate there will be able to be in the world. Because we will be learning to understand different perspectives, different experiences than our own.
In the same vein as Just Mercy, this book is about a man who gets sentenced to live out the rest of his life on death row, charged with murders that he didn’t commit. His family has an alibi for him, but because white men have provided minimal evidence, he was charged in court. However this book’s main perspective comes from Tracy Beaumont, the high school daughter of the man sentenced to live on death row. She’s grown up in the last six years without her father, but she’s been fighting back by writing letters every week since the arrest to a social justice group who provides free legal assistance to those in need.
Meanwhile, she starts taking the law into her own hands out of concern that the law isn’t fulfilling their obligations. Law enforcement seems to be corrupt, and Tracy doesn’t trust them after what happened with her father’s arrest and trial. So when her brother gets accused of murdering a girl from her High School, Tracy is determined to get to the bottom of it and keep her brother from being unjustly sentenced. I was alternately fascinated with her searching and ability to uncover details that were overlooked and worried that she felt it was more safe to investigate on her own.
There were definitely some dodgy run-ins with law enforcement throughout this book that made it feel exciting. However, there were also scenes that dragged on, or felt like too much for me. There were times that I felt a bit bored. I’m not sure if it was just my timing, or if other people might feel this way whilst reading this, but as much as I wanted to fall in love with this book, something was keeping me from fully enjoying it.
I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.