Long Way Down
An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is New York Times bestseller Jason Reynolds’s fiercely stunning novel that takes place in sixty potent seconds—the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother.
A cannon. A strap.
A piece. A biscuit.
A burner. A heater.
A chopper. A gat.
Or, y ...more
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 the ending left me gasping. Truly unforgettable.
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 elevator in his building to reach the ground floor.
THEN THE YELLOW TAPE
that says DO NOT CROSS
gets put up, and there's nothing
left to do but go home.
That tape lets people know
that this is a murder scene,
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 and poetry is dead and Jason Reynolds killed it, personally, by himself. The double meanings alone are perfect. Jason Reynolds has a way with double meanings. Look at the top quote. A camera shoots. A man ...more
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 language in these free verse poems for such a powerful and emotional impact. I'm going to be talking about and sharing this book for a very long time.
Jason's skill at putting words together that grab your h ...more
Anyway! It's a book about violence and murder and it's so freaking sad. Basically Will's brother Shawn was just shot and killed and Will gets his gun and goes out for revenge. But he gets in the elevator to go downstairs and shoot this guy...and the elevator just fills wi ...more
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the writing. the composition. the way jason reynolds narrated it. the emotion. the power. i am floored
seriously the concept of the plot is so fascinating and unique. i love the family history, the stories told in such a short time, the depth of pain and emotion that is only glimpsed for a few seconds bc you can't show emotion when you gotta follow the rules
how jason reynolds told the stories of so many lives in 1 minute (or 1 hour and 43 minutes, depending on how you l ...more
“I SWEAR SOMETIMES
it feels like God be flashing photos of his children, awkward, amazing, tucked in his wallet for the world to see. But the world don't wanna see no kids, and God ain't no pushy parent so he just folds and snaps us shut.”
Heartbreaking. In the best possible way, this book was utterly heartbreaking.
When Wil's brother is killed in a gang related shooting, he does the only thing he knows how to do: follow the neighborhood rules. So he gets a gun and decides to kill the ...more
It was still a beautiful read and I definitely appreciate the message of it.
I found the concept of this book very interesting, maybe the first of this kind for me. I'll admit it, at the beginning I was a little confused about the way this book was written. It was not about the fact that it was written in verses. I will just tell you that you will most surely understand when you will read it if you didn't already because I don't want to give any kind of spoilers. The pleasure of discovering it all by yourself is one of the best, for us, the readers.
The subject was about...more
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 affects so many young black teens. Reynolds writes really honestly and the directness of this is such a well-needed nudge in the side.
My only issue is that I struggled with the plot of this book a bit becaus ...more
They weren't meant to be broken.
They were meant for the broken
― 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 elevator down, with a gun tucked in his pants, it stops on each floor and a ghost from Will's past enters, all victims of gun violence, but will that be enough to change his mind ?
This was a powerful and unique ...more
“ANOTHER THING ABOUT THE RULES:
They weren't meant to be broken.
They were meant for the broken to follow.”
I’ve always loved stories written in verse, so when I heard about this own-voice tale of the struggles that toxic masculinity and systemic racism place upon young black men, I was immediately interested. I wanted to focus on supporting as many new-to-me black authors as possible in February, and Jason Reynolds was at the very top of my list. This man has a writing voice that absolutely need ...more
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 appreciated the most was how it read like a fully formed story stripped of frivolity where only the bare-bones -- the meat and potatoes -- of the story remained. It's almost wizardry how so much power ca ...more
The entire book is written in verse and covers the time span of 60 seconds, all starting with an elevator ride.
Who gets on, and more importantly who gets off, is what makes this read so powerful.
Storytelling at it's best!!
The main character is fifteen-year-old Will and he witnesses his brother Shawn get shot and killed. This makes will mad and he wants revenge so gets a gun and rides an elevator up to the seventh floor to kill his brother's murder.
As the elevator travels upward it keeps stopping and new "ghosts" (people from his life that have passed away) get ...more
The audiobook, which is narrated by Reynolds, was especially good. I often have trouble with books written in verse because I read them in my own voice, and that sh*t is NOT beautiful to listen to (sorry to everyone who watches my channel...). I'll also get hung up on which words to emphasize, the proper cadence of phrases, and trying to figure those things out takes me out of the book. Reynolds' narration solves those problems for me, plus it's just superb.
Its about this boy who's brother is shot dead, his mother is heartbroken and he is out for revenge.
He grabs the gun.
Then he gets into the elevator to go down.
He is following the rules that have been handed down from generation to generation, but what if the rules are wrong and all your left with is more heartache.
As he goes down at each floor someone gets on that he has ...more