Long Way Down
|Long Way Down
And then there were shots
Pressed our lips to the
pavement and prayed
the boom, followed by
the buzz of a bullet,
didn't meet us.
After Will's brother is shot in a gang crime, he knows the next steps. Don't cry. Don't snitch. Get revenge. So he gets in the lift with Shawn's gun, determined to follow The Rules. Only when the lift door opens, Buck walks in, Will's friend who died years ago. And Dani, who was shot years before that.
As more people from his past arrive, Will has to ask himself if he really knows what he's doing.
This haunting, lyrical, powerful verse novel will blow you away.
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Spanning a mere one minute and seven seconds, Reynolds’ free-verse novel is an intense snapshot of the chain reaction caused by pulling a trigger. Reynolds’ concise verses echo like shots against the white space of the page, their impact resounding. Booklist
Jason Reynolds is a literary genius who gives voice to a generation. Long Way Down is powerful, beautiful, and will stay with you long after Will's journey ends. A masterpiece from beginning to end. Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Hate U Give