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Long Way Down

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You guys are such a force for good and I am a passionate supporter of Indie booksellers, so I'm so happy this worked out well (I'd love to know how many books were sold if you have it to hand - it felt like quite a lot! But what he doesn't expect is an elevator ride filled with the past, and to face what he hasn't had to face until now. 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. To my mess of a brain, if poetry doesn't rhyme or have a prominent rhythm or pattern, it just seems that the enter key was pressed in random places. While he might feel self-righteous and justified following the "rules" and honoring his brother's memory, he is also conflicted, and impacted by the visitors who meet him in the elevator along the way down.

Buck asks Will his plans, checks to see if the gun is loaded, and tells Will regarding his revenge plan, ''You don't got it in you. He lives on the 7th floor and the entire book is set in the lift as it travels from his floor to the ground.

A book that he finished on his own instead of the fifteen pages a night clip he is obligated to read. Learning how and why each of them died prompts him to consider whether the perpetual cycle of revenge killing is the only way forward.

Next onto the elevator is the man Will has been waiting for since he was three years old: Mikey Holloman, Will's father. Reynolds was named the American Booksellers Association’s 2017 and 2018 spokesperson for Indies First, and served as the national spokesperson for the 2018 celebration of School Library Month in April 2018, sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).When Shawn, the beloved big brother of 15-year-old Will, is shot dead, Will is ready to follow "the rules" and get revenge. This is one of those books where you can”t explain the premise to anyone you just have to live and breath it, my daughter recommended it as she is training to be an English teacher and this book is on the curriculum, I can fully understand why, such powerful imagery and thought provoking way to tell the story, amazing! The audio version includes an interview with the author, Jason Reynolds, who also performs the reading of the book. The only thing that I wished from this book, was that to have more time with our character and to go to know more than what he presents us about his life and the people from it.

It has such a strong, raw, message that the impact stayed with me, long after the book had been finished. The tragic event has left him hurt and confused, with the addition of a broken mother to account for. Unfortunately, the rules have been passed down from generation to generation, creating a deeply ingrained pattern of violence that seems impossible to escape.

At the next floor, a young woman enters the elevator, glances at Buck, and comments on the cigarette smoke. In the novel Long Way Down, by Jason Reynolds, Will, the main character, has been taught to live by the rules: don't cry, don't snitch, and take revenge. it feels like God be flashing photos of his children, awkward, amazing, tucked in his wallet for the world to see. Our main character believes that he must uphold justice for his brothers death, by killing his killer.

This was a powerful lecture with some certain messages about life choices, presented in an exceptional way.

It gave readers plenty of room to think and reflect on the novel as a whole, while still managing to remain a satisfying conclusion. As Will listens to his mother's sobs at home, he opens the middle drawer of Shawn's dresser, previously forbidden territory, and finds a gun. As Will rides the elevator to the lobby, he is joined by several ghosts: Shawn's friend Buck who was killed by Frick in a gang initiation, Will's childhood friend Dani who was killed when they were eight, Will's Uncle Mark who died in a bad drug situation, Will's father Mikey who tried to kill Mark's killer and died for killing the wrong guy, Buck's killer Frick who was killed by Shawn, and finally, Shawn himself.

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