Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
My rating: ☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ (4 stars)
Favorite quote: “Are you coming?”
Book Summary (from Amazon)
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.
I saw this book at work one day and decided I was finally going to read it. I was initially hesitant to pick this up because it’s written in verse, but I actually enjoyed reading it so much. Long Way Down is definitely a fast read. I think I read it in maybe an hour.
I was only a few pages in when I started to tear up a little. Long Way Down is incredibly moving and impactful. I think the fact that it’s written in verse contributes greatly. If you’re not a fan of poetry or verse, I would still recommend reading this.
Too often the victims of gun/gang violence are overlooked and forgotten. This is especially true of the victim’s families. Long Way Down gave a raw, insightful look into what happens to those affected by gun violence and the loss of a loved one.
I am actually going to have the opportunity to hear Jason Reynolds speak this March. I can’t wait to get a book signed by him and to hear what he has to say.
“but if the blood
inside you is on the inside
of someone else,
you never want to
see it on the outside of