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 waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother’s gun. He gets on ...

Details Long Way Down

TitleLong Way Down
Release DateOct 24th, 2017
PublisherAtheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
GenreYoung Adult, Poetry, Realistic Fiction, Contemporary

Reviews Long Way Down

  • Jillian Heise
    240 pages67 seconds7 floors6 visitorsEach with a pieceof the storynot knownuntil now.Will grievinghis brotherwith a gunand a targetthinking he knowswhat he has to dofollowingThe Ruleswondering what to dowhoto beand 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'...
  • 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)
    *Disclaimer: An ARC of Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds was provided to me by Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.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!Stay tuned for a...
  • 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 ...
  • Michele Knott
    I've read the summary of the book a few times but it did not prepare me for this book. Jason Reynolds is bloody brilliant.
  • Alicia
    What can I say? This continues to cement Reynolds' significance in YA literature. This magical realism approach to a powerful decision that our main character must make is genius. The verse? Spot on with a slow but quickly unfolding narratives with plenty of cliffhangers as you turn pages AND END THE BOOK. The hallmark of a truly sensational storyteller. I just can't take his amazingness. He is quality and substance with a countdown that leaves r...
  • Mary H
    When I hear a novel is in verse, I immediately become completely uninterested. Verse just isn't my preferred medium. But I took a chance on Long Way Down, and WOW. I'm so glad I did. This novel made me feel ALL THE THINGS. Long Way Down is a super personal look at the way gun violence has affected one boy and his family, but it also shows how one person's actions can change an entire neighborhood and how tradition and being set in our ways can ha...
  • Kate Olson
    Amazingly powerful YA story in verse, including elements of magical realism. Reynolds pounds home messages about family, gun violence and life choices using terse lyrical language in this brief and timely volume that definitely requires acceptance by the reader of the impact of voices from beyond the grave to teach harsh life lessons. Required purchase for high school libraries.
  • Stef
    Thank you to the awesome teen librarian who gave me this ARC. I was so grateful to read it before it's released! This book is a whole other level when it comes to novels in verse. Probably the only one I've read in the format that I've thoroughly enjoyed.
  • Alexa L
    100% would read Jason Reynolds' grocery lists. Every single time I read something new of his it's even better than his last book. I'm blown away
  • Beth
    Full review coming soon.
  • Jenefer R
    Wow! Jason Reynolds does it again. Powerfully, heavy hitting and necessary. This book is a must for every classroom library. It is written in verse which makes it easy to read and something I am quick to recommend to any of my students who want to tackle a novel but needs some scaffolding. Ellen Hopkins books are really popular and now I know this one will be a hit too. The characters are relevant and could be your brother, cousin, or friend. The...
  • Tracey
    I'm not usually a fan of books in verse but, oh man, this one is a gut punch. Jason Reynolds is a storyteller unlike no other.
  • Beth Parmer
    A must-read. Brilliant.
  • Amy
    I received an ARC from Simon and Schuster.So I actually think that of all the Jason Reynolds books I've read (and that includes the not yet published Miles Morales novel and the first chapter of Patina that I had the opportunity to hear) this one is my least favorite. Even though it's a verse novel, it isn't that lyrical.... for Jason Reynolds ... and it's a little heavy handed on character and on theme.And yet.And yet I am giving this book a fiv...
  • Amanda
    I was totally gripped by this haunting, clipped-paced conversation with ghosts in an elevator! Written as a novel-in-verse, this is the heartbreaking story of 15-year-old Will who loses his older brother Shawn to gun violence on his way to the corner store to run an errand for their mother. Will's vengeful contemplation is condensed into 60 seconds in an elevator, the time it takes to make a life-altering decision: does Will follow the 'rules of ...
  • Mary Librarian
    Will is ready to get revenge on the guy who took his brother's life. But then through a series of encounters he realizes it might not be so cut and dry.Told in verse this powerful book shows the toll the eye for eye way of thinking can take. Most of the book takes place in the elevator of Will's apartment building. Those in his life who have been taken by gun violence appear in the 60 seconds it take to go from floor to floor to lobby. Family, fr...
  • Stephanie
    Of course I loved this book written by my author crush. William's brother is shot and killed, and so he's going to seek revenge and go after the man (boy?) he thinks pulled the trigger. After the setup, the whole story takes place in the 90 second elevator ride down to the ground level, so William can go find the killer. The whole thing is heart-wrenching - that this is life for some people and others think it's just a story, that I feel helpless...
  • Mrs. Krajewski
    In Will's neighborhood, there are three rules that every follows: no crying, no snitching, and get revenge. Will knows these rules as well as anyone else, and therefore knows he must follow them. The night before, his older brother Shawn was shot and killed. Will knows who did it, and he knows where Shawn kept his gun. He grabs it, knowing, as he enters the elevator, what he plans to do with it. It's a long way down though--seven floors to be exa...
  • Aaron
    The last 50 or so pages are especially brilliant, but the last page... wow. This writer can do so much in just a few pages, just a few words. The vicious cycle is brilliantly presented in a way that will stick with readers.
  • Lauren
    4.5 stars. I felt like I won the jackpot when I got the ARC in my seasonal delivery from Simon and Schuster yesterday. I finished this in about an hour because it was so fast-paced I couldn't stop and I HAD TO KNOW THE ENDING. I NEEDED to know. So good - it'll be great to suggest to reluctant readers. Very minimal cursing. Now I want to read it again slowly.
  • Brenda Kahn
    Powerful haunting free-verse novel that spans the time it takes for an elevator to drop from the seventh floor to the ground floor, where a brother intends to avenge his brother's death.
  • Megan
    What can't this man do???😍😍
  • Casey Leidig
    I read this last night until I couldn't keep my eyes open and finished it first thing this morning. Striking and powerful. Review to come.
  • Mary
    Fifteen year old Will must decide whether he will avenge his brother's death by killing the person he believes is responsible. This is an intensely powerful verse novel about revenge, violence, family, and grief. A painfully relevant story that will be easy to share and will encourage discussion.
  • Krystal
    Superb! Another powerful book from the incredible Jason Reynolds! With extraordinary use of such few words, he manages to build suspense and doubt in this heart stopping narrative!