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Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  4,131 ratings  ·  620 reviews
Jason Reynolds’s Newbery Honor, Printz Honor, and Coretta Scott King Honor–winning, #1 New York Times bestselling novel Long Way Down is now a gripping, galvanizing graphic novel, with haunting artwork by Danica Novgorodoff.

Will’s older brother, Shawn, has been shot.
Will feels a sadness so great, he can’t explain it. But in his neighborhood, there are THE RULES:

Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 13th 2020 by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
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Anyone who knows me just a little knows exactly how I feel about Long Way Down. I read it for the first time this year and it was AMAZING. Reynolds utilizes this story to capture the discussion around cyclical violence. I think that it's easy to judge people especially youth that are victims of violence when you don't take the opportunity to really learn and understand how they get there in the first place. Both the graphic novel and the book focus on Will's attempt to get revenge for his brothe ...more
Paul Bryant
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The rules in this neighborhood are - in the event of a loved one being murdered - 1. No crying; 2. No snitching; 3. nearest male relative to the victim must kill the killer, no argument. The first two rules are not too difficult. The third rule, logically, inevitably, creates the next victim, and the next person to require revenge. And so....on.

Jason Reynolds already had a hit with this short raw story about a 15 year old boy who thinks he has to kill his brother's murderer, so this is the graph
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
I loved the original version of Long Way Down, so I was excited to check out this new rendition, and I have to say I'm really loving the way this story was re-imagined for this graphic novel. The watercolor artwork just functions so well to aid in the storytelling, especially since the story itself is a little wispy around the edges with the ghosts, the high emotions, and the lack of knowing what exactly is going on at times. I think this was a beautiful new take on a really important, incredibl ...more
Colleen Fauchelle
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I read the story version of this last year and loved it and the graphic novel is just as good and a very effective way to tell this important story. This book should be in all Schools around the world so children will think before they act in the decisions they make.
What family members have done may not be the right way of doing thing and it takes one person to change the way things are done, this story is about anger, killings and 'The rules' but are the rules right surely there is a better wa
It's always a struggle for me to rate graphic novels, so I'm going to leave it unrated for now. I read Long Way Down as an audiobook last year and it blew me away. It was such a haunting, unforgettable read, so naturally I decided to pick this up. I've been struggling to finish literally anything this year, so I decided that a graphic novel would be the best way to transition back in to reading. And it worked.

I loved the art style, but I think this works best as a re-read. If you're reading t
Patrice Jones
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Basic B's Guide
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heartbreaking, poignant and unforgettable. I listened to this on audio earlier this year and have been anxiously waiting to see this story come to life as a graphic novel. It does not disappoint. A MUST read that will be re read again and again.
I think there was a reason I hadn't gotten my hands on a galley ahead of time and seemed to wait FOREVER to get it delivered to the high school. It's because I needed to be able to sit with it at night by myself.

I remember when I read the galley of Long Way Down-- on the train coming back from SLJ's Day of Dialog in the city. I read it on the train ride back to Albany and closed it and held it and ran my hand over the top thinking: this man is a genius. And seriously, how can you top that? Well
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When I first read Long Way Down I loved it... then I listened to the audio book and I realized there were things that I didn’t pick up on the first time... the emphasis that were important to the narrative didn’t hit until I heard them emphasize... tonight as I finished the graphic novel, with tears running down my face I realized how many layers to this story existed... how important it was for my understanding to see the story. I’ve loved this book since it came out... but I loved it as an out ...more
Stunning! I loved the graphic novel as much as I loved the original and the audio.
Phoenix (Books with Wings)
Wow. This book.
I've read a few Jason Reynolds books before - his Track series, for one - and he is an amazing writer. I actually have not gotten to read the original 'Long Way Down' but I picked up this graphic novel two days ago.
Like I said above, I haven't read the original book but I feel like this book especially worked really really well as a graphic novel. Because you don't only feel the pain but you see the pain. You see the things happen and that makes it so much more real.
What an eye op
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
By now, almost everyone in the world knows that Jason Reynolds is an all-star, an essential and important voice in the world of books for young people. This graphic adaptation of LONG WAY DOWN is stunning. The combination of Reynolds' powerful text and Novgorodoff's art is a gut-wrenching story of a violent cycle of anger and fear and revenge. A must-buy for any public or school library. ...more
*Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an eARC of this title. All opinions are my own.

Stunning. Amazing. Phenomenal. Powerful. I mean, we are talking about Long Way Down and then add in that it is a graphic novel? Reynolds's story is as powerful as ever and Danica Novgoradoff's illustrations took it to another level. I still think that reading the original is important, but graphic novels work better for some readers and the story on its own is important. A must read.
A worthy adaptation of an already amazing book. I will definitely be looking for more projects the illustrator has been involved in. Jason Reynolds is a national treasure. Whereas the graphic adaptation of Kwame Alexander's novel in verse Crossover is line for line the same book, this one uses the images to convey some of the words--for some reason I'm thinking specifically of the scene where he admires the girl's butt! ...more
This blew my mind. I didn't think I'd like it! Art was kinda rough to look at. It tells it like it is in the real world, how kids grow up around shootings and robberies like I did in bad neighborhoods on the South side of Chicago. I like that. We had a shooting of a sheriff right across the street at the end of our block who was my mom's friend's dad. ...more
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I have read Long Way Down in most formats (all the formats?)

I have listened to the audiobook, read the original, read the illustrated UK edition, and now absorbed the graphic novel version. And I do mean absorbed. The water colored images and Jason's words were such a powerful combination that one can't help but soak up the narrative.
Rebecca Plaza
Enhances the text version with varied illustrations-from comic frames to full-page drama. Another squeeze of the reader's heart by Jason Reynolds and illustrator. ...more
Llyr Heller-Humphreys
Stunning art brings alive one of my favorite books.
Sam Bortle
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realize just HOW MUCH this text needed to be turned into a graphic novel until I held the graphic novel in my hands. A necessary version of an already necessary book. ...more
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've already read the novel and listened to the audiobook, so I thought I'd complete the trifecta!
This version brought something new to the already amazing story.
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The rules weren't meant to be broken, they were meant for the broken to follow. ...more
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I cannot believe how powerful this book is as a graphic novel. The illustrations are gut-wrenching. I love the water color and how they brought Jason Reynold’s poem to life. Or more to life. His words are powerful enough, but the graphic novel made it more so. Must read. Thank you to Simon Schuster and NetGalley for sharing a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Melissa ~ Missy (FrayedBooks)
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Long Way Down

Have you ever read a Jason Reynolds book? No? Please do yourself a favor and pick one up – any one.

Or you say you have read his stuff (and love it, of course) – then please pick up his newest book in graphic novel format: Long Way Down.

This is quite possibly the most beautiful graphic novel artwork I have ever seen.

Will’s older brother, Shawn, has been shot. And according to The Rules, when someone you love is killed,
Nicole M. Hewitt
I absolutely loved Long Way Down when I read it a few years ago, and my feelings didn’t change when reading this graphic novel version.

You can feel free to read my full review of the original verse novel, but here are a couple of the highlights:

“I honestly don’t even know how to describe in words how I felt about this book. You almost just have to experience it for yourself to understand its brilliance.”

“This book gives lyrical resonance to the cyclical nature of violence in inner cities—a patte
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to NetGalley and Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books for this arc, which I was THRILLED to receive in exchange for an honest review. If you love the original - as I do - you'll be impressed with how much this format adds to an already remarkable work.

I'll post the full review upon publication.

Updated 10/14/20

5 stars

I love _Long Way Down_, and I like the graphic novel even more.

The plot and characters are straightforward but interact with complex issues, social structures, relationships, and e
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first time reading a Reynolds book, and now I entirely understand why his writing is so loved. This book does a great job of examining generational trauma, masculinity, gun violence, and how our surroundings influence our behavior. I haven’t read the original book of Long Way Down , but I really enjoyed Novgorodoff’s art style and think it makes the story accessible for a lot of people. I also don’t mind ambiguous endings, so I liked grappling with what I thought the ending meant. Th ...more
Connor Sullivan
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-favorites
Wow. I think this is even stronger than the original verse novel! Stunning graphics, too.
Jan 05, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the novel a little bit more

Because it expanded the emotions. This was a great graphic novel and I'm glad they did it, but I recommend you treat yourself to the full story, especially before the movie comes out.
Title: Long Way Down
Author: Jason Reynolds
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Pub Date: 13 Oct 2020

Many thanks to Hear Our Voices Tour, Simon & Schuster, and Athenem/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books for my gifted e-ARC.

This was a powerful and heartbreaking loss about a loss of a brother and the quest for revenge. Will and his mom try to deal with Shawn’s loss to gang rivalry in different ways – his mom turns to bottles and Will gets out Shawn’s gun to go kill who he believes was responsible for Shawn’s death. On his way, he
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you are in my orbit, there is NO WAY that you have escaped my gushing about the novel-in-verse Long Way Down. I have raved and raved about that book. Then I read it in audio format and raved and raved about that. Now…watch out…I’ve read the graphic interpretation and I will be raving and raving about it!

Jason Reynolds words are powerful music. Those words become “ear worms,” wiggling into your brain, taking root, and not letting go. His works have formidable messages, stories are told with a
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After earning a BA in English from The University of Maryland, College Park, Jason Reynolds moved to Brooklyn, New York, where you can often find him walking the four blocks from the train to his apartment talking to himself. Well, not really talking to himself, but just repeating character names and plot lines he thought of on the train, over and over again, because he’s afraid he’ll forget it al ...more

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