Manny is Quan’s cousin; he’s deceased in the novel’s present after being shot by an off-duty police officer during the events of Dear Martin. He’s a year older than Quan and lives in a wealthy part of Atlanta. Quan only meets Manny once, when Manny is about 13. He seems comfortable in his wealth and in the fancy restaurant where they have lunch. However, Quan learns that there’s more to Manny as he reads Justyce’s Martin Luther King, Jr. journal (the basis for the story in Dear Martin). Manny seems far more relatable when Quan discovers that Manny was frustrated with how his white peers treated him and even resorted to violence at times.
Manny Character Timeline in Dear Justyce
The timeline below shows where the character Manny appears in Dear Justyce. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...left. He thanks Justyce for visiting and says the notebook was interesting—especially the info about Manny, whom Quan didn’t know well. Most surprising about the notebook was realizing that he and... (full context)
Snapshot: Two Boys Not Speaking (2013)
Snapshot: Two Boys and a Girl in a Car (Present Day)