Lu (Track, #4) by Jason Reynolds

Lu (Track, #4)

4 Hours and 50 MinutesLu must learn to leave his ego on the sidelines if he wants to finally connect with others in the climax to the New York Times bestselling and award-winning Track series from Jason Reynolds. Lu was born to be cocaptain of the Defenders. Well, actually, he was born albino, but that’s got nothing to do with being a track star. Lu has swagger, plus the talent to back it up, and with all that—not to mention the gold chains a...

Details Lu (Track, #4)

TitleLu (Track, #4)
Release DateOct 23rd, 2018
PublisherSimon & Schuster Audio
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Sports and Games, Sports, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult, Family

Reviews Lu (Track, #4)

  • Hannah Greendale
    Reasons to adore Jason Reynolds' books: - Authentic narrative voices.- Well-drawn child protagonists with equally well-drawn parents, each with their own rich backstory.- Characters who respect their parents (especially mom) and are kind & caring towards younger siblings.- An approachable introduction to difficult issues: illness, injustice, bullying, etc.- Seamlessly delivered messages on life's really difficult issues: gun violence, drug addict...
  • Abby Johnson
    What a great end to what a great series! Lu navigates some tough stuff on and off the track as he prepares to go to the team's last meet and run the hurdles. His mom is pregnant with a new baby sister on the way and Lu discovers that his dad took Coach's Olympic gold medal from Coach's dad back in his drug dealing days. As Lu helps his mom with her business, confronts his dad about the past, and faces the hurdles again and again, he learns about ...
  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    Oh, Jason Reynolds, you can tell a story! Not only do you write a story that is a-can't-put-it-down-read-to-the-end story, but it's a story that shares Important Things About Life without (miraculously) shoving the story or the morals down your throat.Almost nobody else in the world, not even our very, very best writers, can do this.Lu is the story of an albino boy in a hard-working black family who is trying to do hurdles and keeps messing up. H...
  • Laura (bbliophile)
    I'm so sad that this series is over, but this book also brought me a lot of joy, which I'm super grateful for. Jason Reynolds is one amazing author.
  • Jillian Heise
    I think this might be my favorite of the series. I've loved getting to join this team for all 4 laps. I can't wait to see what Jason has for us next!
  • Caroline
    This book was an awesome end to the series. If there is a next book to the track series I would be fine with that but I LOVED this book I couldn't put it down. I would recommend this book and series to EVERYONE.
  • Alicia
    The tragedy is that this is the final book in the Track series. But all good things must come to an end and with covers as awesomely vivid, sparse, and beautiful as these ones are plus characters that are well drawn in such a short amount of time with so much voice and feeling and empathy-- no one wants to see this series end. Ever. Reynolds can write these in his sleep which is why he's the GOAT. Seriously. Lu is about a kid whose mother makes a...
  • steph
    What a fantastic final novel to an already fantastic series. Seriously. I have gone on and on about how I much I love this series in previous reviews so all I will say for this review is read it. You won't regret it. Jason Reynolds writes kids and families and life so well.
  • Megan (ReadingRover)
    Great conclusion? edition? to the Track series. I hope it’s not over! It’s such a great series for middle grade kids. The characters are so relatable and it deals with real life issues. Also, Guy Lockhart does an amazing job narrating.
  • Mary Thomas
    Great ending to a great series. Jason Reynolds can really write- characters, dialogue, his books are such great mentor texts for everyone. I love how they work together & on their own. A must for classrooms/humans ages 9 and up.
  • Tj Shay
    There has not been a Jason Reynolds book that I haven't loved. This book is no exception. The track series is a wonderful collection of books and I think Lu is the best one yet. Full of heart and so good. Review based on an uncorrected proof provided by Jason's agent....because they are awesome!
  • Suzanne Dix
    My favorite of the quartet! Such a great story on its own but I love how this novel in particular brought back all the threads of the previous three stories and tied them up with a bow. Absolutely fantastic writing per usual Mr. Reynolds!
  • Katrina
    Argh! OK, two totally different categories of comments. First, as a book, it was fine. I always like his writing, the story wasn’t wow, but it was in line with the rest of the series and did a pretty good job wrapping things up (although the very end was kind of sappy). I still wish the series overall had been more of an on-going story with more ongoing plot threads with the other kids in all of the sequels. There was more in this book than the...
  • Terynce
    Toss up between this and Ghost being the best of the series. This book, and most of the series in general, does a very good job of interweaving real life scenarios with track. For us the track is a backdrop, but for the characters it's a driving motivation. At least, the people that are there. By the time you've arrived at Book 4 of a series, the need for background info is slim. Toward the end, showing up at the basketball count and reading the ...
  • Tena Edlin
    This was a great ending to the series. It brought everyone's story together with the same heart and spirit of the other books. I definitely recommend reading this series as a set and in order because they all build on each other. I feel like I know these kids, and their stories could be framed with any sport or activity... theirs just happens to be track. Great life lessons about friendship, teamwork, growth mindset, and integrity.
  • Beth
    After the highs of the first two books and the low of the third in the series, this final novel just feels - flat. Not especially distinctive, similarly told, and almost overly long for the slight plot. Even a little gimmicky, what with the contact lenses and ribbon. It’s got its moments, sure, but mostly I feel like Lu’s story is more poignant and memorable in the little bits and pieces we’d gotten in earlier books.
  • Jennifer Mangler
    That last chapter...what a beautiful way to end the series! I'm going to miss Ghost, Patty, Sunny, Lu, and Coach so much. I adore each of the Defenders, and I love the family they've built. I cannot recommend the Track series enough.
  • Ashlee Tominey
    By far my favorite book in the series. I didn't really expect a lot out of Lu since we don't see much of him in the other books. I loved Lu's parents. I loved the ending. I loved that Lu found his voice. The narration was superb.I am really sad to end the Track series.
  • Marie-Ève
    I'm probably giving this 5 stars because feelings, but it is more like a 4 or 4.5 stars!I really got attached to the characters, I feel like Jason Reynolds cannot write a bad character. All four of them felt so real and I love the team! I'm going to miss reading about them!
  • Ashleigh Rose
    I’m so sad his was my last lap with the Track series but loved the power of this book and how it all came full circle. Can’t wait to see what Jason Reynolds has coming up next!
  • Heidi Burkhart
    What a terrific series. It was hard to finish this book - the last of the series. So many good values are woven into this final installment.
  • Parker
    This was a really great way to bring the series to a close, it was very hard to read at times, but in the end, all good. but at the end of the day, its really sad to see this series go, and I'm really looking forward to the next series he writes.
  • Sarah Johnson
    I love this series.
  • Christine Fitzgerald
    Loved this series, love Jason Reynolds writing and his message to the world!
  • Leslie Bryan
    Lu is the best way to end this series. The themes of family, integrity, hope, and forgiveness bring the story of the Defenders to a satisfying close.
  • Alex (not a dude) Baugh
    Lu is the fourth and final book in the Track series. We have already met three of Lu's teammates: Ghost, Patina, and Sunny. Each of these characters had personal challenges to overcome and with the help of Coach Brody, they were able to work through some of them while striving to perfect their track and field skills.Lu is a talented runner, and co-captain of the Defenders, much to the chagrin of the team's captain, Chris. Lu, an only child, was a...
  • Lavan Zerach
    " 'This is my medal. I won this thing about twenty years ago, and it was like lightning struck me. I never felt so electric. It was the greatest day of my life, until Tyrone was born. But I lost this medal for a long time, and recently, lightning struck twice, a friend of mine, um ... yeah ... a friend of mine found it for me. And when he brought it to me, I realized something. I realized what I hope some of ya'll realized this year. When I lost ...
  • Kristen
    Wait...WHAT DO YOU MEAN THIS IS THE LAST BOOK? *sob*I know that Lu's story kind of rounds out the friend-group, but there are so many other characters I want to learn more about! *sigh*Lu's story is just as enjoyable as the first three. I thought it would be hard to beat Sunny's unique story, but this different enough that I didn't feel myself making comparisons (plus there's plenty of Sunny's hilarity included even here). Lu is such a kind, genu...
  • Vanessa
    I went back and forth several times from 4 to 5 stars, so I just rounded up to 5. I can’t recommend this series enough. Jason Reynolds is simply a great storyteller. Lu is the conclusion of the Track series and I am sad it’s over. I loved getting to know the Newbies, the Defenders, and Coach. My favorite thing about these books is that Reynolds gives us these imperfect characters and families that still love each other and manage to make it w...
  • Mrs. Krajewski
    He is the man. He’s the kid. He’s the one and only Lu. Lu Richardson is co-captain of the Defenders track team. He runs the 100 and jumps the hurdles. He also has hurdles he’s had to get over in his own life. Because he’s albino, he has horrible eyesight and needs contacts. He also needs sunscreen anytime he goes outside. At school, he’s bullied by a boy named Calvin, but, thankfully, at home he has two loving parents who support him. W...