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Long Way Down

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In this all too real portrait of survival , Reynolds goes toe-to-toe with where, or even if, love and choice are allowed to exist. He is on faculty at Lesley University, for the Writing for Young People MFA Program and lives in Washington, DC. While the prose of these two books are certainly different, I found Long Way Down slightly superior because of the narrative in verse.

I will just tell you that you will most surely understand when you will read it if you didn't already because I don't want to give any kind of spoilers. He also reveals that when he was in a similar situation years ago and tried to take revenge, he killed the wrong person, but still furthered the cycle of violence.Jason Reynolds is an American author of novels and poetry for young adult and middle-grade audience. Unfortunately, the rules have been passed down from generation to generation, creating a deeply ingrained pattern of violence that seems impossible to escape. When Shawn, the beloved big brother of 15-year-old Will, is shot dead, Will is ready to follow "the rules" and get revenge.

Will knows his mission is probably going to leave him in the same state as his brother, but it’s all he’s equipped to do. the novel ends with some hope that Will will make the right decision and has been influenced by the people he encountered during that long ride down. Speaking of the moment, he said he and his friends felt "an anger, a pain, like a cancer metastasizing by the second, spreading around [them] and through [them]. Then, Will's father, Mikey, enters and holds a gun to Will's head to show him what it feels like to be a victim. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.The book was longlisted for the National Book Award [1] and was named a Printz Honor Book, Coretta Scott King Honor Book, and Newbery Medal Honor Book, [2] alongside other awards and positive reviews. And stray bullets had cut through the playground, and Will had tried to cover her, but she was hit anyway, and so what she wants to know, on that fifth floor elevator stop, is, what if Will, Will with the gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, MISSES. At the center of the novel are the unwritten "rules" that act as a code of ethics and lay out the expected norms in the neighborhood.

Jason's skill at putting words together that grab your heart and head, bringing you into the lives of his characters, kids just trying their best to do what's right and live the way they've been taught, astounds me.A haunting cautionary tale delivered in verse, in which fifteen-year-old Will is forced to consider the potential consequences of his actions as he, armed with a gun and seeking revenge, waits for the elevator in his building to reach the ground floor. Learning how and why each of them died prompts him to consider whether the perpetual cycle of revenge killing is the only way forward. Within the few minutes it takes the elevator to descend, William will have to decide whether he intends to carry out the revenge he originally sought out for. 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.

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