Read Long Way Down Online Free - A cannon. A strap.
A piece. A biscuit.
A burner. A heater.
A chopper. A gat.
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|
|Number of Pages||:||240 pages|
May 25, 2017
Each with a piece
of the story
thinking he knows
what he has to do
Jason Reynolds is masterful in the way he can use such sparse lang...
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...
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...
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.
July 07, 2017
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
February 11, 2017
Full review coming soon.
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,...
August 17, 2017
Thank you to the awesome teen librarian who gave me this ARC. I was so grateful to read it before it's released! This book is a whole other level when it comes to novels in verse. Probably the only one I've read in the format that I've thoroughly enjoyed.
July 25, 2017
I'm not usually a fan of books in verse but, oh man, this one is a gut punch. Jason Reynolds is a storyteller unlike no other.
July 06, 2017
A must-read. Brilliant.