Long Way Down

Long Way Down

Book - 2017
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As Will, fifteen, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn's fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781481438254
1481438255
9781481438261
1481438263
Characteristics: 306 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number: Y REYNOLDS, J

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Beatricksy Jan 03, 2018

Masterful. Punchy free verse that feels like a sock to the gut. Relentless, gorgeous, and awe-inspiring. A deeply, deeply important tale told beautifully and shockingly. Within five pages I wanted to throw this book at people. By the end, I knew I'd read something special. Even if poetry isn't yo... Read More »

A young adult novel in verse available in book, Playaway, e-audiobook, and e-book formats.

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DPLsheila Feb 15, 2018

powerful

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OPL_KrisC
Feb 03, 2018

This is a book that I finished in one sitting. That is how much I liked it. I couldn't put it down b/c I had to find out what happens to Will. I loved that it was written as a novel in verse.

RDPL_Teens Jan 22, 2018

A tale that largely takes place over the course of a few moments while the main character is travelling in his apartment building elevator on his way to seek vengeance for the murder of his older brother.

This is an emotional read about love, loss, and "following the rules" told in prose (poetry) format.

Beatricksy Jan 03, 2018

Masterful. Punchy free verse that feels like a sock to the gut. Relentless, gorgeous, and awe-inspiring. A deeply, deeply important tale told beautifully and shockingly. Within five pages I wanted to throw this book at people. By the end, I knew I'd read something special. Even if poetry isn't your usual thing, give this one a try. It's easy and natural to read, and well worth the time.

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amistein
Dec 20, 2017

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nmaryann Dec 15, 2017

One of my favourite, most powerful, YA titles of the year, told in verse.

In an interview, Jason Reynolds describes why he wrote this narrative in a series of poems: "The truth is that poetry specifically, for books like this, they create a certain level of urgency. This kid is in an elevator and to write a story in prose just didn't seem to fit. He's in a small space, and so because he is in a small space it made sense to use language in small spaces, right. To create small, almost like creating tiny elevators on each page that you have to step into and step out of almost..."

Austenite1975 Dec 06, 2017

This is such a fantastic book! Easily my favorite YA book of 2017. Of course, I am a big Jason Reynolds fan, so I was already disposed to love this book. It is written in verse, which is a very good format for this particular story. Each verse packs a visceral punch and by the end, you are on the edge of your seat, hoping Will makes the "right" choice!

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lola_jane
Dec 05, 2017

When Will's older brother is shot and killed, everything he knows and has been taught comes down to three things: don't cry, don't snitch, get revenge. Armed with his brother's gun, he takes the elevator to the lobby to find his target. But on each floor a ghost from his past joins him.

Long Way Down is written in verse and the format works really well. I thought I knew where the story was going until the last two words. At first I thought Reynolds missed the mark but the more I think about it and try to put myself into the shoes of young men for which this is their reality, the more powerful it becomes.

samcmar Nov 15, 2017

Intense, scary, and mind-blowing. Jason Reynolds words are just so amazing and inspiring and I love reading about his characters. I love that he "sees" those kids who often get neglected by society. Long Way Down is pretty damn powerful and should be read by anyone who has met kids like Will or has been Will. Loved this book and it's going to be lingering with me long after.

AL_MARY Nov 13, 2017

The Rules are The Rules. And when your brother is shot and killed, you follow them, no matter what. That's what Will has always been taught, and on his way to fulfill Rule #3, he takes an eventful trip down an elevator that may (or may not) make him reconsider. This novel in verse is a quick gut-punch of a read that will stick with you long after you finish. Would be excellent to share with a group of teens for a discussion afterwards.

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