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


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...

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...

Maria rated it ★★★★★

October 18, 2017

*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...

joey (thoughts and afterthoughts) rated it ★★★★★

October 09, 2017

*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...

Patty rated it ★★★★★

October 19, 2017

...I...I don't know if I can actually explain how absolutely amazing this book is. Just buy, read it.

Shelly rated it ★★★★★

October 04, 2017

As usual, Jason Reynolds' latest book is not one to miss.

Rachel rated it ★★★★★

May 08, 2017

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,...

Kate rated it ★★★★★

August 28, 2017

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...

Alicia rated it ★★★★★

May 31, 2017

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...

Michele rated it ★★★★★

July 19, 2017

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.

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