Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
1 elevator ride
Fifteen-year-old Will intends to take revenge for the shooting death of his older brother Shawn. He knows The Rules: No crying, no snitching, revenge. At each floor he is confronted with a ghost from his past and each tells Will part of the story he doesn't know. When the long ride ends, Will must answer one question.
There are many reasons why young readers deserve a book like Long Way Down . Its raw emotion leaps off the page. The free verse is gripping and rich with symbolism. It is alive. But most of all, young readers deserve to discuss this story with each other. They deserve to share it and the community this book will foster. They deserve the conversations and understanding that will follow.
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