Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Long Way Down

1 hour, 43 minutesAn ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is New York Times bestseller Jason Reynolds’s fiercely stunning novel that takes place in sixty potent seconds—the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother.A cannon. A strap. A piece. A biscuit. A burner. A heater. A chopper. A gat. A hammer A tool for RULEOr, you can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved ...

Details Long Way Down

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

Reviews Long Way Down

  • 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.
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    If you're in a slump and you want a quick interesting read, I would totally recommend this book!It's all about the cycle of violence and written in verse. Really liked it!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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'...
  • C.G. Drews
    This was so so emotional and brutal and just wow. I'm kind of torn with what to think though because I didn't really understand the ending?! I read it twice and I'm still not entirely sure what happened. MAYBE THIS IS JUST ME!??Anyway! It's a book about violence and murder and it's so freaking sad. Basically Will's brother Shawn was just shot and killed and Will gets his gun and goes out for revenge. But he gets in the elevator to go downstairs a...
  • Laurie Anderson
    Absolutely genius writing & storytelling, plus so much heart it will drive you to your knees.
  • Warda
    You know when you haven’t fully grasped the story they way you would have wanted to because you’re reading too fast and you just know that there are underlying gems that you are missing out on, but you can’t stop reading? This was that. I’m pretty sure there was so much more I could’ve extracted had I slowed down. But I couldn’t. This book caters perfectly for younger readers. For readers who perhaps don’t find reading that fascinat...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    Such a fast and powerful read. Wow.
  • 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...
  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    That was incredibly powerful. I can’t wait to read more from this author.
  • may ❀
    this was incredible. the writing. the composition. the way jason reynolds narrated it. the emotion. the power. i am floored (lol)seriously the concept of the plot is so fascinating and unique. i love the family history, the stories told in such a short time, the depth of pain and emotion that is only glimpsed for a few seconds bc you can't show emotion when you gotta follow the ruleshow jason reynolds told the stories of so many lives in 1 minute...
  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    5 stars “I SWEAR SOMETIMESit feels like God be flashing photos of his children, awkward, amazing, tucked in his wallet for the world to see. But the world don't wanna see no kids, and God ain't no pushy parent so he just folds and snaps us shut.” Heartbreaking. In the best possible way, this book was utterly heartbreaking.When Wil's brother is killed in a gang related shooting, he does the only thing he knows how to do: follow the neighbor...
  • Kayla Dawn
    I wish this was written in a traditional format, I just don't seem to click with a story as much whenever it's written in verse. It was still a beautiful read and I definitely appreciate the message of it.
  • 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...
  • Lilith Black
    I found the concept of this book very interesting, maybe the first of this kind for me. I'll admit it, at the beginning I was a little confused about the way this book was written. It was not about the fact that it was written in verses. I will just tell you that you will most surely understand when you will read it if you didn't already because I don't want to give any kind of spoilers. The pleasure of discovering it all by yourself is one of th...
  • Imane
    “ANOTHER THING ABOUT THE RULESThey weren't meant to be broken.They were meant for the brokento follow.” ― Jason Reynolds, Long Way DownLong Way Down is a novel written in verse that tells the story of fifteen-year-old Will who seeks to venge his murdered brother Shawn. But as he takes the elevator down, with a gun tucked in his pants, it stops on each floor and a ghost from Will's past enters, all victims of gun violence, but will that be e...
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    Really powerful and unputdownable.
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    “ANOTHER THING ABOUT THE RULES:They weren't meant to be broken.They were meant for the broken to follow.” I’ve always loved stories written in verse, so when I heard about this own-voice tale of the struggles that toxic masculinity and systemic racism place upon young black men, I was immediately interested. I wanted to focus on supporting as many new-to-me black authors as possible in February, and Jason Reynolds was at the very top of my ...
  • Kassidy
    Extremely powerful and important. I absolutely loved the poetry.
  • 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...
  • Jan
    Short, but so powerful and thought-provoking. A must read IMO!The entire book is written in verse and covers the time span of 60 seconds, all starting with an elevator ride.Who gets on, and more importantly who gets off, is what makes this read so powerful.Storytelling at it's best!!
  • Tam_ the_ med_bookie
    This book is all about untimely deaths and grief.Losing your nearest and dearest ones unexpectedly.It is the writing that did it.I just love reading his books.
  • Emily
    This book was absolutely phenomenal.The audiobook, which is narrated by Reynolds, was especially good. I often have trouble with books written in verse because I read them in my own voice, and that sh*t is NOT beautiful to listen to (sorry to everyone who watches my channel...). I'll also get hung up on which words to emphasize, the proper cadence of phrases, and trying to figure those things out takes me out of the book. Reynolds' narration solv...
  • Mariah Roze
    I read this book because it was suggested to me as a YA diversity book. I really enjoyed it. This book is written in a poetic form and is easy to follow. The main character is fifteen-year-old Will and he witnesses his brother Shawn get shot and killed. This makes will mad and he wants revenge so gets a gun and rides an elevator up to the seventh floor to kill his brother's murder. As the elevator travels upward it keeps stopping and new "ghosts"...
  • Trina (Between Chapters)
    I personally just find with every book in verse I read that it isn't a style that works well for me no matter how much I try it. I chose to listen to the audiobook, which the author himself reads and hearing him read it the way he intended was amazing. However, I was still left pondering this style because it left me a bit confused by the ending. Maybe I was reading too much into things, looking for structure that verse doesn't abide by, or maybe...
  • Saajid Hosein
    This was pure brilliance. I was sucked in and finished before I knew it.
  • Colleen Fauchelle
    I started this book 3 days ago. Wow this is a good story and it is written in verse which is a very efective way of telling it.Its about this boy who's brother is shot dead, his mother is heartbroken and he is out for revenge.He grabs the gun. Then he gets into the elevator to go down.He is following the rules that have been handed down from generation to generation, but what if the rules are wrong and all your left with is more heartache.As he g...
  • Brandice
    Long Way Down is the story of 15 year old Will, whose older brother was just killed. Will must decide if he’ll follow neighborhood code to keep quiet and seek revenge on Shawn’s murderer, or if he’ll make another decision. He gets Shawn’s gun and begins the elevator ride from his apartment down to the ground floor. Along the way, ghosts of Will’s past (family, friends, and acquaintances) hop on board to share their stories and question ...