Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Long Way Down

A cannon. A strap.A piece. A biscuit.A burner. A heater.A chopper. A gat.A hammerA toolfor RULEOr, you can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That’s where Will’s now heading, with that gun shoved in the back wais...

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Long Way Down Reviews

  • Jillian Heise

    240 pages

    67 seconds

    7 floors

    6 visitors

    Each with a piece

    of the story

    not known

    until now.

    Will grieving

    his brother

    with a

    gun

    and a

    target

    thinking he knows

    what he has to do

    following

    The Rules

    wondering

    what

    to do

    who

    to be

    and what

    comes next.

    Jason Reynolds is masterful in the way he can use such sparse language in these free verse poems for such a powerful and emotional impact. I'm going to be talking about and sharing this book for a very long time.

    Jason's skill at putting words together that grab your h

    240 pages

    67 seconds

    7 floors

    6 visitors

    Each with a piece

    of the story

    not known

    until now.

    Will grieving

    his brother

    with a

    gun

    and a

    target

    thinking he knows

    what he has to do

    following

    The Rules

    wondering

    what

    to do

    who

    to be

    and what

    comes next.

    Jason Reynolds is masterful in the way he can use such sparse language in these free verse poems for such a powerful and emotional impact. I'm going to be talking about and sharing this book for a very long time.

    Jason's skill at putting words together that grab your heart and head, bringing you into the lives of his characters, kids just trying their best to do what's right and live the way they've been taught, astounds me. Long Way Down is no different. This book is going to have an impact. The type of impact that makes you question what you thought you knew and how life can be. This is a must-read and must-share in classrooms (7th & up), especially in those rooms where you have teens who are living Will's life with the rules he's been taught to life by.

    I can't wait to get my hands on a finished copy, to reread, sit with his words and turns of phrase, and find the spots that bear repeating to kids in our classrooms. I can picture the faces in my head of the former students I wish were still in my classroom so I could put this book right into their hands.

  • Shelly

    As usual, Jason Reynolds' latest book is not one to miss.

  • Rachel Strolle

    I honestly believe that in 50 years, when people are making lists of the best YA books of all time, that this will be at the top of the list. Full disclosure: I am not usually a verse lover. So far, there have been few exceptions. But this book? If any book could make me believe in verse novels, it's one by Jason Reynolds. I still have chills thinking about the ending of this, and I think I'll have it on my mind for a long time. It is already in my top list of best YA books I have ever read

  • Trin

    Me on Page 1: Oh great, another novel in verse.

    Me on Page, like, 5: HOLY SHIT.

    Then I read the whole thing in one sitting.

    Incredibly powerful, beautifully written. Reynolds doesn't use the device of verse as a crutch; he wields it like a weapon. I think I held my breath for the entire book, and the ending left me gasping. Truly unforgettable.

  • Maria (Big City Bookworm)

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    This is one of those stories that will stay with you forever. Even though it was a super quick read, it was completely engaging and I'll definitely be thinking about this one for a long time. The story is so uniquely written and it hits you hard. Loved it!

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    This is one of those stories that will stay with you forever. Even though it was a super quick read, it was completely engaging and I'll definitely be thinking about this one for a long time. The story is so uniquely written and it hits you hard. Loved it!

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    This book probably took me a total of an hour and half to read. It was EXTREMELY fast paced and gripping. It was also written in prose which probably helped with how fast I was able to read this novel. The fast pace worked really well with the themes of the story and made it feel all the more realistic.

    Long Way Down tells the story of a young boy named Will who has just lost his older brother due to gun violence. He decides to get revenge on the person he believes killed his brother and this novel takes place on the elevator ride down from his apartment to the ground floor. I LOVED this concept. To have a story take place literally within a few minutes is such an interesting and unique take on storytelling. To then have the elevator stop on every floor only to give Will time to think about what he is about to do. To think about everyone he knew that has been affected by gun violence. This concept was just so smart. As mentioned above, the pacing of this novel was extremely quick. This worked perfectly in making me believe that this was all happening within just a few minutes.

    Long Way Down felt extremely realistic. It was so raw and heart wrenching and I just could not get enough of it. It hurts me to know that situations like the ones that were presented in this novel are all too real. That gun violence is so common and that someone, a teenager, could have so many experiences with it. Long Way Down does a fantastic job in making these issues known, but also in making sure that teens who read this novel realize how gun violence, and making one terrible decision, can change your life forever.

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    Clearly, I thought that this book was amazing. There really wasn’t anything that I didn’t like about it. It was real and raw and fast, but it hit you hard. Long Way Down is one of those books that will stay with you for a long time.

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    Overall, this book was fantastic. It’s such an important read that everyone should pick up. I absolutely loved it.

  • joey (thoughts and afterthoughts)

    *incoherent screeching here*

    Is this one of the first verse books I've read? Yep. And damnit to hell because Long Way Down just set the bar pretty high for other poetry books.

    Speaking to the verse (and I don't know if all poetry is like this so I could be grossly misguided on this front), what I appreciated the most was how it read like a fully formed story stripped of frivolity where only the bare-bones -- the meat and potatoes -- of the story remained. It's almost wizardry how so much power ca

    *incoherent screeching here*

    Is this one of the first verse books I've read? Yep. And damnit to hell because Long Way Down just set the bar pretty high for other poetry books.

    Speaking to the verse (and I don't know if all poetry is like this so I could be grossly misguided on this front), what I appreciated the most was how it read like a fully formed story stripped of frivolity where only the bare-bones -- the meat and potatoes -- of the story remained. It's almost wizardry how so much power can come from such few words. This book is only 300+ pages, and in truth, will only take you an hour+ to read, but the dialogues summoned by this story speaks volumes to the social climate today.

    I'm honestly at a loss for words as to how to review this kind of book because is this really a fictional story? I mean, it may be, but Long Way Down is yesterday and today and tomorrow. That in itself is what makes this book important even if it doesn't offer any cookie cutter answers. And should it? I say nay.

    Although paced extremely well, it read so quick that I guess I didn't really have time to properly digest what I was reading as I just needed to know how it ended. That's completely on me though and shouldn't discount this story for the range of timely discussions it offers.

    And I actually don't know how to properly rate this so let's just go with mid 4's for now. Full review to come.

  • Patty

    ...I...I don't know if I can actually explain how absolutely amazing this book is. Just buy, read it.

  • Hannah Greendale

    to watch a video review of this book on my channel,

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    A haunting cautionary tale delivered in verse, in which fifteen-year-old Will is forced to consider the potential consequences of his actions as he, armed with a gun and seeking revenge, waits for the elevator in his building to reach the ground floor.

    to watch a video review of this book on my channel,

    .

    A haunting cautionary tale delivered in verse, in which fifteen-year-old Will is forced to consider the potential consequences of his actions as he, armed with a gun and seeking revenge, waits for the elevator in his building to reach the ground floor.

  • Haley
  • Korrina  (OwlCrate)

    That was incredibly powerful. I can’t wait to read more from this author.

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