Hi friends, I hope you’re all having a good Monday. Can you believe we are in the last week of September? It feels like the month just started! Today I’m going to be reviewing Bryan Stevenson’s book Just Mercy.
Just Mercy by: Bryan Stevenson: In a world that is looking for a little hope, Bryan Stevenson tries to bring that to people. This book was his story of becoming a lawyer and founding the Equal Justice Initiative, which takes on providing legal representation to the most desperate and in need cases. This ranges from people on death row, to children who have been convicted of a crime. His first case was Walter McMillian sentenced to death for a murder he didn’t commit; this book follows his story and many others like Walter. This book was inspirational and moving to read. The messages were so powerful and strong. The structure of this book was really well put together. The book focuses on one case, Walter McMillian, but it’s not the entire focus and that’s what broadens it and really helps the reader understand the whole picture towards the justice system in the United States, more so the southern states. The way Stevenson breaks up chapters by talking about other cases he’s worked on gives the reader different perspectives that are really eye opening and a lot of the time downright sad and depressing. The antidotes of Stevenson’s real life also added a personal touch to the stories he tells, which really drove home how real of an issue this is. There was definitely a lot of information and it was really informative and at times there was a lot of legal jargon that was lost on the reader; Stevenson was good at bringing his reader back after a long explanation, but sometimes the reader would get lost in the jargon. This isn’t a book you can really read and digest overnight, this had a lot of thought provoking narratives to let the reader sit with. This book shows that there is hope, but that there is still so much that needs to be done in terms of the system and how people are racially profiled and treated.