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Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
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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 can also shoot.

I feel as if there’s not much else to say about a book that took me an hour to read. Perhaps that’s both the best and worst thing about this book. Although paced extremely well, it was such a quick read that I didn't have time to properly digest what I was reading.

"ANOTHER THING ABOUT THE RULES

They weren't meant to be broken.
They were meant for the broken

to follow."

But let’s be honest: this book is also a good read simply for being so necessary. The stories here need to be told. And they need to be told to teens who might be going through things like this. The verse format is a great way to spread messages that might not always get to certain teens. I'm sorry to keep mentioning this on reviews, but: I am so proud of how far we've gone.

The coolest thing about this book to me, and something I don't think I really noticed until I saw my favorite booktuber's review, is that this book doesn't try to be about right and wrong. It's not that simple, and Jason Reynolds knows that. I think this book has a lot of layers that don't come through at first, but that kill you more and more the deeper you look.

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Reading Progress

November 1, 2017 – Shelved
November 1, 2017 – Shelved as: tbr-d-cant-find
November 14, 2017 – Shelved as: tbr-b-library
November 15, 2017 – Shelved as: releases-2017
November 15, 2017 – Shelved as: tbr-a-2017-library
November 15, 2017 – Shelved as: must-reads-2017-library
December 1, 2017 – Started Reading
December 1, 2017 –
page 200
65.36% "Ellen Hopkins’ use of verse found dead in Miami"
December 1, 2017 – Shelved as: 4-star
December 1, 2017 – Shelved as: read-2017
December 1, 2017 – Shelved as: released-2017
December 1, 2017 – Shelved as: buylist
December 1, 2017 – Shelved as: genre-contemporary
December 1, 2017 – Shelved as: abuse-trauma-narratives
December 1, 2017 – Shelved as: that-important-content
December 1, 2017 – Shelved as: that-rep-of-characters-of-color
December 1, 2017 – Shelved as: elise-underrated-list
December 1, 2017 – Finished Reading
December 2, 2017 – Shelved as: coverporn
January 12, 2018 – Shelved as: unowned

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Rachel Thank you for the link to perpetualpages! Her review helped me process the book in a deeper way to the point that I upped my star rating.


Elise (TheBookishActress) Rachel wrote: "Thank you for the link to perpetualpages! Her review helped me process the book in a deeper way to the point that I upped my star rating."

THEIR REVIEW WAS SO GOOD OH MY GOD i kind of want to reread it now just with knowledge of what they said

[also, Adriana uses they/them pronouns, just syk]


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