Long Way Down

Long Way Down

Book - 2017
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As Will, fifteen, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn's fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.
Publisher: New York :, Atheneum,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781481438254
Branch Call Number: TEEN REY
Characteristics: 306 pages ; 22 cm

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0Charlie Oct 10, 2018

A selection from the 2018 OPL Teen Battle of the Books, this work provided challenges on several levels. First, the subject matter - a teen plans to get revenge for the shooting of his older brother. Second, the style - the entire story is presented in verse. While poetry is not my first choice, I found this style worked very well to relate the rhythms and phrases of the characters. It was also a fast read (sometimes very few words on the page) which supported the time frame of the story (just over 60 seconds). Highly recommended to any reader.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 03, 2018

This book was absolutely outstanding, it’s a fictional crime investigation story. Will a fifteen year old boy. His brother was just murdered, he knows who did it and he can’t say a word. Will gets onto an elevator to go meet the killer, but every floor he goes up by a person he knows gets on, first a teenage girl, a friend of his brother and more people. Then the elevator stops, and he gets off. This book was really interesting to read because it really resembled the book called “the client”. Rating 5/5. @momo of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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Alyxwrites
Sep 27, 2018

"Overall, I very much-LOVED Long Way Down because it was such a real story but it was contained. It was a minute and so much happened. I loved meeting all of the characters, I loved how Will would react to things and how the other characters would speak with him, show him love, even if they weren’t necessarily close to him. I loved the emotional aspect of the story, as well as the writing because Jason Reynolds is a wordsmith. A WORDSMITH!"
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blue_dog_11143
Jul 07, 2018

This book is BEYOND amazing!! It is so amazing and I read it all in one day I 100% recommend it for anyone who is thinking about reading it!!!!

ArapahoeErinR May 31, 2018

There are rules and you are taught to follow them, but what happens when you are reminded that everyone else in your life who has followed the rules has died? This book will keep you thinking about choices long after you finish it.

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bookycakes
May 30, 2018

Brutal. Incredible. Raw. Thought-provoking. Genuine. A tear-your-heart-out read that gives you nothing to hold on to on your way down with the crew. I loved every moment of it, and as everyone likely knows by now, poetry is not my favorite, so that's a big deal for me to say. Reynolds put his whole heart and soul into this one, and it shows.

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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Alpha_zzz
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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