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Long Way Down

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The audio version includes an interview with the author, Jason Reynolds, who also performs the reading of the book. the novel ends with some hope that Will will make the right decision and has been influenced by the people he encountered during that long ride down. The book was longlisted for the National Book Award [1] and was named a Printz Honor Book, Coretta Scott King Honor Book, and Newbery Medal Honor Book, [2] alongside other awards and positive reviews. Long Way Down is a young adult novel, written in prose, that tells the story of a teenage boy, Will who is seeking revenge for the murder of his older brother. He has always written stories, but he was an illustrator for twenty years before his first book was published.

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. 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. These characters are all ghosts from Will’s past and it is a sad reflection on a young man’s life that violent crime has had such a huge impact.Jason Reynolds' extraordinary Long Way Down follows Will, a 15-year-old boy out for revenge after his older brother is shot dead. The subject was about revenge and how our main character decides either to do what he is having in mind or not. Things take a strange turn when on each floor, a murdered soul from Will’s past life enters the elevator, each sharing the story of their death. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.

I understand the meaningfulness of the actions that occurred, but it's still just a personal preference. Reynolds' decision to leave the story open-ended is a stylistic choice that allows the reader to evaluate all the facts given and interpret what they believe the final outcome will be. She pulls out a photograph and Will realizes she is Dani, his childhood friend whom he saw killed on the playground when they were eight years old. 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 think the reason I didn't completely love this has a lot to do with the fact that it was written in verse.

They offer their words of wisdom, each taking a turn to show Will the consequences, his future actions could have! Furthermore, as we travel down with Will, he contemplates his journey, both this one, and those taken by Shawn and others, just like him, obeying the rules. The overall theme of the book is one of revenge, passed down through generations and strengthened through the community they live in.

This was a powerful and unique book , but the reason I’m giving it 3 stars is because it somehow missed the mark for me.Will learns how each of the ghosts is connected with the rules, as they express surprise, sadness, skepticism, or regret at Will's plan.

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