Long Way Down, by Jason Reynolds

downloadAs Will, fifteen, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn’s fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.

This book was amazing and I can’t wait to read the rest of Mr. Reynolds’ works in the future. Especially since I am meeting Mr. Reynolds at BookCon. This book was very real. I loved how it dealt with the grief of Will. It seemed like actual grief and the desire for revenge (then again I have never had a sibling murdered so I can’t judge this very accurately). The plot and the setting were all done very well also. If you want to hear more of my thoughts then you should keep reading.

The characters were very realistic, which I thought wouldn’t be the case because this story was written in prose and I wondered how I could connect with the characters. Actually, I’m not sure what this story would have been like without the prose. It would be very different, that’s for sure. Will changed a lot over the course of the book, I liked him and the way that he talked very much. I grew attached to all of them and was quite sad when the story was over.

My favorite character was probably Will. He had to do this terrible thing to carry out for revenge and then these ghosts showed up. Will reacted extremely well. He told his story with honesty and feeling. I loved hearing about his life and his reasoning skills. He was also very good at anagrams, a skill I wish I could pick up. I liked how he talked to the ghosts and accepted them, instead of just trying to kill them, like I would’ve done. I admired Will’s accepting abilities and how he could talk to anyone.

The plot was very interesting. It took place in the time span of sixty seconds. Normally, I would be bored out of my mind, or wondering how a 300 page book could take place in a minute. Well, it can. And it can be excellent. The plot had a lot of talking and thinking. Usually, I would be bored out of my mind. But Mr. Reynolds somehow made it seem interesting. The plot was one of the most interesting contemporary plot that I have ever read. Mainly, because there was pretty much no romance. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy romance, but sometimes I get tired of it. I loved the plot and can’t wait to read more of his books.

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The setting was very interesting. It explained the backstory and it described the elevator very well. Of course, the elevator was the primary setting so it was described very well. It was described so well that I never want to be an elevator again, I have had enough elevators for a lifetime, and I didn’t even have to be an elevator to get tired of them. I think that was very impressive.

I loved this book very much and couldn’t get enough of it. I can’t wait to read more of his books. I highly recommend this book. The summary came from the Library of Congress. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Book Rating: th (14)

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