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[Review] Long Way Down – Jason Reynolds

Book Title: Long Way Down (Standalone)
Author:     Jason Reynolds
Number of pages:  320

Synopsis:

A cannon. A strap.
A piece. A biscuit.
A burner. A heater.
A chopper. A gat.
A hammer
A tool
for RULE

Or, you can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That’s where Will’s now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother’s gun. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who he’s after. Or does he?

(re: Goodreads @ Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds)


Should this book be picked up? the tl;dr review:

– A fully formed story with 99% of the words removed, seriously.
– Claustrophobic and introspective realistic fiction with themes of gun violence, power, and family at the heart of it all
– Setting and characters may not be discretely described but they act as vessels to this cyclical story that can apply anywhere

Initial Thoughts

My first verse novel ayyyy.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of Long Way Down from Simon and Schuster Canada and at Book Expo.


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[Miscellaneous] Book Haul Spine Poetry — May 2015

Miscellaneous is the tagline to store random posts that don’t really belong elsewhere. They may involve tags, awards, challenges, and other book blogging nonsense.

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Book Haul Spine Poetry — May 2015

Why hello there Book Outlet Mothers Day Sale. How fitting that my old credit card is expiring this month (basically after I haul these books). Also, both of these poems are terrible.

Since everyone seems to love their white backgrounds, I figured I’d try to get with the times. Behold my makeshift 8.5×11 white paper shenanigan LOL.

All book titles referenced below link to their respective Goodreads page.

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[Miscellaneous] Book Haul Spine Poetry — April 2015 (Library Book Fair Edition)

Miscellaneous is the tagline to store random posts that don’t really belong elsewhere. They may involve tags, awards, challenges, and other book blogging nonsense.

What’s Miscellaneous Today?
Book Haul Spine Poetry — April 2015
(Library Book Fair Edition)

My sort-of-not-really #ReadingMyLibrary challenge post.

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