Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Title: Long Way Down

Author: Jason Reynolds

Release Date: October 24, 2017

Main characters: Will; Shawn

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge.

Hello everyone! Today, I come to talk about a book quite… different from the ones that I usually read and review on this page, it differs from the way in which it’s written to the themes it portrays and I can’t wait to share it with you. So without further redue, here’s the review for Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds. 

Fifteen year-old Will, lives in a neighbourhood far away from perfect: everyone comes and goes as they please, comitting horrendous crimes, a place where murder happens on an almost daily basis and overall, there are only three rules. If you wanted to live, you followed them. If you wanted to die, you followed them

No crying.

No snitching.


So when Will’s brother, Shawn, gets murdered by a member of a rival gang, the teenager knew what he had to do: find the guy, and shoot him. Kill him coldly, just like he had done to Shawn, acepting every concequence that it might bring

In this way, while his mother sleeps, Will feels the weight of a gun on his hand for the first time, hops in the elevator and starts descending the long way down towards his brother’s murderer. It was what he had to do, it didn’t matter how he felt about it. And since there was no one to judge him, it was okay. Until…

Until people start entering, carrying a cloud of smoke within them. People from his past, people he loved, people he didn’t know but who had somehow to do with his story. Each of them tells their tale and Will listens, but will it be enough to keep him from pulling the trigger?

This is a great book, for those who understand it. It’s written in verse, making the story more dynamic and easier to carry, although it doesn’t make it simple, not even a bit. This is a complex book, and to be able to really get it is by learning to look through every metaphor and riddle, every verse us like the lyric of a song, one must reflect on what the author was trying to say by it.

This novel doesn’t portray topics easy to digest either, it talks about gun violence, murder, injustice. It’s raw, realism at it’s full expression, and one should read it with the respect and conscence one would speak about those topics.

All in all, it’s an interesting read for sure. But it is not a book I would recommend tu to anyone, I think it’s directed to readers who reflect and pay very close attention to what they read. And certainly, one must do some reasearch before fully diving into it because otherwise, it is quite confusing.

I hope tou find this useful!

Love always.


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