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 ★★★★☆

November 08, 2017

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...

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...

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...

April (Aprilius Maximus) rated it ★★★★☆

December 14, 2017

Really powerful and unputdownable.

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...

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...

Patty rated it ★★★★★

November 02, 2017

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

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,...

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