Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

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Read Long Way Down Online Free - A cannon. A strap.
A piece. A biscuit.
A burner. A heater.
A chopper. A gat.
A hammer
A tool
for RULE

Or, 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 the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who he’s after. Or does he? As the elevator stops on the sixth floor, on comes Buck. Buck, Will finds out, is who gave Shawn the gun before Will took the gun. Buck tells Will to check that the gun is even loaded. And that’s when Will sees that one bullet is missing. And the only one who could have fired Shawn’s gun was Shawn. Huh. Will didn’t know that Shawn had ever actually USED his gun. Bigger huh. BUCK IS DEAD. But Buck’s in the elevator? Just as Will’s trying to think this through, the door to the next floor opens. A teenage girl gets on, waves away the smoke from Dead Buck’s cigarette. Will doesn’t know her, but she knew him. Knew. When they were eight. And stray bullets had cut through the playground, and Will had tried to cover her, but she was hit anyway, and so what she wants to know, on that fifth floor elevator stop, is, what if Will, Will with the gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, MISSES.

And so it goes, the whole long way down, as the elevator stops on each floor, and at each stop someone connected to his brother gets on to give Will a piece to a bigger story than the one he thinks he knows. A story that might never know an END…if WILL gets off that elevator.

Title : Long Way Down
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ISBN : 1481438255
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 240 pages


Hannah rated it ★★★★☆

February 15, 2018

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 elevat...

Trin rated it ★★★★★

May 29, 2017

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 th...

Cait (Paper Fury) rated it ★★★★☆

February 13, 2018

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 sa...

Kelly (and the Book Boar) rated it ★★★★★

January 17, 2018

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. B...

Jillian rated it ★★★★★

May 25, 2017

240 pages 67 seconds 7 floors 6 visitors Each with a piece of the story not known until now. Will grieving his brother with a gun and a target thinking he knows what he has to do following The Rules wondering what to do who to be and what comes next. Jason Reynolds is masterful in the way he can use such sparse lang...

Laurie rated it ★★★★★

December 25, 2017

Absolutely genius writing & storytelling, plus so much heart it will drive you to your knees.

Korrina rated it ★★★★★

November 11, 2017

That was incredibly powerful. I can’t wait to read more from this author.

Elise rated it ★★★★☆

December 03, 2017

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 a...

Imane rated it ★★★☆☆

February 21, 2018

“ANOTHER THING ABOUT THE RULES They weren't meant to be broken. They were meant for the broken to follow.” ― Jason Reynolds, Long Way Down Long 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 elevato...

Whitney rated it ★★★★☆

January 17, 2018

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 affec...

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