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, Fiction

Reviews Long Way Down

  • Hannah Greendale
    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. 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. THEN THE YELLOW TAPEthat says DO NOT CROSSgets put up, and there's nothing left to do but go home. That tap...
  • 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.
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/In case you haven’t heard, jasonwritesbooks(.com). More specifically, jasonwritesIMPORTANTbooks. Books that are RELEVANT and NOW and REAL and HEARTBREAKING. Books that make my non-book-lovin’ kid not fight me when it comes to reading. Books that give a voice to a population who so often is rendered voiceless. Books that when I muttered to myself on Sunday morning “what should I re...
  • 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'...
  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    That was incredibly powerful. I can’t wait to read more from this author.
  • Laurie Halse Anderson
    Absolutely genius writing & storytelling, plus so much heart it will drive you to your knees.
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Uncle Mark should’ve just bought his camera and shot his stupid movie after the first day. Unfortunately, he never shot anything ever again. But my father did. This was incredible. Not only is it so emotional and well-developed, but oh my god, the writing is so good.Ellen Hopkins’ use of verse and poetry is dead and Jason Reynolds killed it, personally, by himself. The double meanings alone are perfect. Jason Reynolds has a way with double me...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    I downloaded this intending on possibly getting to it sometime, but I opened it up out of curiosity and ended up reading the entire thing in about an hour. I don't have too much to say other than I think this is a really effective coming of age story about how violence and toxic masculinity affects so many young black teens. Reynolds writes really honestly and the directness of this is such a well-needed nudge in the side. My only issue is that I...
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    Really powerful and unputdownable.
  • 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 r...
  • 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.--Initial post reading thoughts: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...
  • Kassidy
    Extremely powerful and important. I absolutely loved the poetry.
  • Patty
    ...I...I don't know if I can actually explain how absolutely amazing this book is. Just buy, read it.
  • 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 ...
  • Haley
    You coming?
  • Jessica
    Holy. Flipping. Cannoli.Just read this book, guys. I don't have enough superlatives for it, but trust me.
  • Ava
    I can't rate this book anything less than 5 stars. Wow.
  • Jazmen This Girl Reads A lot
    I feel like I've been asleep for the last 31 years and I just woke up. I am woke.Long Way Down, is a knife that cut to the deepest, blackest part of me, and yelled at me to see it. Just see me, and I did. Long Way Down, could've been fiction--it read so realistically. I was scrambling to get through the pages, fast enough to finish, yet slow enough to savor, and devour it. Back Story: Our MC's brother was just killed. And he's set on living by th...
  • Shelly
    As usual, Jason Reynolds' latest book is not one to miss.
  • Krista Regester
    but if the bloodinside you is on the insideof someone else,you never want tosee it on the outside ofthem.Jason Reynolds takes a tragedy that happens far too often and gives it new, heartbreaking life.
  • Bárbara
    Uh... Wow? This was the very depiction of a roller coaster of emotions- I went through a wide range of them while reading. I'm still kind of confused (especially after the ending). But this was overall quite great! I'll definitely keep an eye on this author!
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    "And you know it's weird to know a person you don't know and at the same time not know a person you know, you know?" This book was absolutely stunning in every possible way. My heart completely went out to Will and I was instantly captivated by his story. Long Way Down follows fifteen-year-old Will in the immediate aftermath of his brother’s murder as he seeks justice. Will confronts his past and himself on a life-changing elevator ride. Thing...
  • Julia
    3.75 stars Oh wow, I wasn't expecting what this book was. I honestly did not know anything prior to reading it and was pleasantly surprised that it was written in verse. I've heard such great things about this book so I was very excited to pick it up.This book deals with gangs and gun violence. I found the concept of "The Rules" very interesting. This is all about revenge and dealing with death. I loved the whole concept of the elevator and ...
  • 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.
  • Laura (bbliophile)
    This was absolutely phenomenal. Just, wow. Wow. I have no words.
  • Lia
    I had only seen raving reviews about Long Way Down, so I was definitely intrigued to start reading it. Long Way Down is also written in verse, which is something I haven’t seen often before. So I went into this book, with relatively high expectations. However, throughout reading the book, I felt my expectations were too high. I really liked the way it was written, but the story didn’t leave me feeling anything. I just felt very indifferent ab...
  • 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...
  • Alexa L
    Update 12/11/17- Did the audiobook as well since Jason was reading it. Everyone should read this. 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
  • 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.