Long Way Down

Long Way Down

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Driven by the secrets and vengeance that mark his street culture, 15-year-old Will contemplates over the course of 60 psychologically suspenseful seconds whether or not he is going to murder the person who killed his brother. By the National Book Award finalist author of When I Was the Greatest. Simultaneous eBook.

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A Newbery Honor Book
A Coretta Scott King Honor Book
A Printz Honor Book
A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winner for Young Adult Literature
Longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature
Winner of the Walter Dean Myers Award
An Edgar Award Winner for Best Young Adult Fiction
Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner
An Entertainment Weekly Best YA Book of 2017
A Vulture Best YA Book of 2017
A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of 2017

An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is National Book Award finalist and 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.
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.

Told in short, fierce staccato narrative verse, Long Way Down is a fast and furious, dazzlingly brilliant look at teenage gun violence, as could only be told by Jason Reynolds.

Publisher: New York :, Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books,, 2017
ISBN: 9781481438278
Characteristics: text file,rda
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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SPPL_Teens Apr 19, 2018

Got a reluctant teen reader? THIS is the book to grab for them. The story takes place over a span of 67 seconds and it is written in verse so it's a fast read that's still powerful and impactful. Will had to watch his brother get zipped up in a bag and rolled away, and now his mother is in the kitchen crying. With a gun and a target in mind, Will slips out of his apartment and steps into the elevator, never expecting how seven floors down could change everything as he knows it.

CMLibrary_akeller Mar 24, 2018

This novel in verse takes place in an elevator in the space of one minute and 7 seconds and it packs a punch. It's about Will who is planning on getting revenge for the death of his brother. Such a powerful story. Would highly recommend.

cmlibrary_rkimray Feb 27, 2018

This is an incredible story in verse, thoroughly engaging. I'm reviewing it here, but PLEASE try the audiobook, narrated by the author as only he can. The audiobook also includes a short author interview at the end. I can't recommend it enough.

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Yoo_hoo5
Feb 25, 2018

While this is not my favorite style of writing, I do understand the need for verse vs. prose when taking a 60 second elevator ride.
This was a really good book with a very important message about how the actions of one can affect others, and there is usually a domino effect. The very last sentence tidily wraps up Will’s intentions.

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fiberartus
Feb 23, 2018

I read this book as soon as I saw the author interviewed on the PBS News Hour., months ago. I also (for the first time ever) checked out the Jason Reynolds website. I highly recommend doing both. So, I was stunned to realize that I had not written a review. Now reading those that are already online, I don't need to repeat the glowing comments. But I would like to add that there was another dimension which I don't think has been addressed and that is the total "look" of this slim volume.

The actual size and shape of the book are reminiscent of an elevator. The designs and shadings of each individual page mimic the walls of an elevator that would be in a high rise housing project. And the numbers of the chapters are displayed like the buttons of the floors as it descends to the ground level. These things only appeared to me gradually as I rode down with Will to his final destination.

With this book, I have become aware that in making written art, there is more than just getting the words right. The presentation, and all that entails, is as important as the words on the page. It is obvious that in the visual arts the way they are displayed can make or break the experience of the viewer, And the genius that it takes to get each aspect to harmoniously promote the art should be appreciated. We do this when we view movies or go to a gallery. And now I will be more "visual" when I read!

DPLsheila Feb 15, 2018

powerful

OPL_KrisC Feb 03, 2018

This is a book that I finished in one sitting. That is how much I liked it. I couldn't put it down b/c I had to find out what happens to Will. I loved that it was written as a novel in verse.

RDPL_Teens Jan 22, 2018

A tale that largely takes place over the course of a few moments while the main character is travelling in his apartment building elevator on his way to seek vengeance for the murder of his older brother.

This is an emotional read about love, loss, and "following the rules" told in prose (poetry) format.

Beatricksy Jan 03, 2018

Masterful. Punchy free verse that feels like a sock to the gut. Relentless, gorgeous, and awe-inspiring. A deeply, deeply important tale told beautifully and shockingly. Within five pages I wanted to throw this book at people. By the end, I knew I'd read something special. Even if poetry isn't your usual thing, give this one a try. It's easy and natural to read, and well worth the time.

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amistein
Dec 20, 2017

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