A breath-taking examination of loyalty, guilt and the self-destructive urge for retribution, Long Way Down is a verse novel set in real time and a single location that packs one hell of a punch. Long dead characters from Will’s past emerge to question his motives in seeking vengeance for his brother’s shooting.
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2019
Ane then there were shots
Everybody ran, ducked, hid, tucked themselves tight. 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.
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 265 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm
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“An epiphany of life’s choices told through mere seconds.”
As a poetry book, Long Way Down didn’t take too long for me to read, but the hard hitting tone of the story still hit me like a ton of bricks. You know when a book has you when the ending leaves you with your mouth... More
“Long Way Down”
Long Way Down grabs you from the cover to the last word and image. Jason Reynolds successfully gives a profound narrative in prose to the central character Will, whose brother has just been murdered. The journey down... More
“Excellent illustrations too!”
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It covers the raw subject of gun deaths, the need you might feel to seek revenge..
It's set in a lift, each person who enters has their own story to tell.
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