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Long Way Down
Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestseller Jason Reynoldss fiercely stunning novel that takes place in sixty potent secondsthe time it takes a kid to decide whether or not hes going to murder the guy who killed his brother. 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. Thats 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. Thats where Wills now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brothers gun. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who hes after. Or does he? As the elevator stops on the sixth floor, on comes Buck. Buck, Will finds out, is who gave Shawn the gun before Will took the gun. Buck tells Will to check that the gun is even loaded. And thats when Will sees that one bullet is missing. And the only one who could have fired Shawns gun was Shawn. Huh. Will didnt know that Shawn had ever actually USED his gun. Bigger huh. BUCK IS DEAD. But Bucks in the elevator? Just as Wills trying to think this through, the door to the next floor opens. A teenage girl gets on, waves away the smoke from Dead Bucks cigarette. Will doesnt know her, but she knew him. Knew. When they were eight. 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. And so it goes, the whole long way down, as the elevator stops on each floor, and at each stop someone connected to his brother gets on to give Will a piece to a bigger story than the one he thinks he knows. A story that might never know an ENDif WILL gets off that elevator. Told in short, fierce staccato narrative verse, Long Way Down is a fast and furious, dazzlingly brilliant look at teenage gun violence, as could only be told by Jason Reynolds.
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Smrloomis
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I haven‘t read the original so don‘t know how this compares but this adaptation really drew me in. Highly recommended and I can see why it has won so many awards including a Kate Greenaway Medal (which is why it popped back up on my radar so to speak…). Hope my next read is as good as this!

IndoorDame I read the original earlier this year, and loved it! I just requested this adaptation from the library, I‘m excited to see how they relate. 3w
Smrloomis @IndoorDame I‘d be curious to hear what you think! Sometimes I like the adaptation better and sometimes not. It really depends. 3w
IndoorDame @Smrloomis same. I‘ll let you know :) 3w
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KaylaCostello
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Interesting read.

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Lauredhel
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The watercolour art in this graphic adaptation is beautiful.

Prairiegirl_reading I didn‘t know there was a graphic version! Cool!! 1mo
Lauredhel @Prairiegirl_reading I haven't read the original, but this is really well done. Do recommend. 1mo
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Jason Reynolds delivers another winner. A terrific novel told in verse, about a teenage boy wanting to revenge after his brother is shot dead. Reynolds masterfully balances readability with heavy issues like gun violence, revenge, and gang. And that‘s an ending that I like. I read the graphic novel adaptation immediately after, great artwork that kept me glued to the pages.
#AuthorAMonth

AmyG I read this one, too. It was heartbreaking yet beautifully written. 2mo
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BookKenz
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5 ⭐️!

I'd been highly anticipating this for a while and it didn't disappoint!

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April
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I am raising money to purchase books for my classroom, including several by Jason Reynolds—a student favorite! Please consider donating and use code LIFTOFF to have your donation matched! I teach wonderful kids and would love to get even more books into their hands. 📚🙏🏻 https://tinyurl.com/BeeneReads

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IndoorDame
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I love novels in verse! This was intense. A life changing surreal set of encounters, all in under 60 seconds. #AuthorAMonth #BBRCTeenAngstImaginrDragons @Soubhiville @LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan This is one of my favorite reads! I was glued to and read it beginning to end in one sitting!. They turned it into a graphic novel which I am looking forward to. I would love to see this turned into a movie. 3mo
IndoorDame @LibrarianRyan yes, this would make a great film! I had no idea there was a GN. Can‘t wait to check out that version! 3mo
LibrarianRyan the number of stories that are being turned into graphic novels. Espically the classics, as well as stories the publishers feel are important. This fall alone there will be 10 days in the madhouse by Nelli Bly, Librarian of Auschwitz, and a few others. Some are more successful than others. I didn't care for the Handmaids Tale or Diary of Anne Frank as graphic novels, but Gatsy wasn't bad, and Jane Austen, depends on the version you get. 3mo
IndoorDame @LibrarianRyan I like the trend, though I agree they don‘t always stand up next to the originals. I have a few of the classic adaptations on my reading stack right now. I‘m especially interested to see how the To Kill A Mockingbird GN is 3mo
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vlwelser
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This is beautiful. It's a novel in verse. And it's like Scrooged (or A Christmas Carol whatev) in an elevator. Read it. Or listen to Jason Reynolds read it. Whatever floats your boat.

#AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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Soubhiville
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In an interview Jason Reynolds described this as being like a modern day Christmas Carol. That definitely describes it well.

Will has been brought up knowing revenge as a way of life, so when his brother is shot he knows he has to take out the guy who shot him. On his way out of his apartment he‘s met by ghosts of people from his life who are all dead.

This is a novel in verse, with lots of awards.

AmyG I just read this. Wonderfully written, very imaginative. And very heartbreaking. And….your cats! 😻 3mo
Hooked_on_books I loved this one. So, so good. 3mo
TheLudicReader Great book. 3mo
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Leftcoastzen Together!😻😻so cute! 3mo
DivineDiana Creative and powerful! Loved it! 3mo
CoffeeNBooks This is such a powerful and great book! I have a few copies of it in my classroom library, and they're always checked out. 3mo
ShelleyBooksie Ohh both kitties in the picture!! They are so adorable. 3mo
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AmyG
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Beginning my #AuthorAMonth Jason Reynolds book.

@Soubhiville

Nutmegnc This book blew me away. I‘ve read it multiple times and seen him speak in person. I hope it is meaningful for you as well! 3mo
AmyG @Nutmegnc I just started it and I can see this book will be something special. 3mo
bthegood This was a powerful book for me👍 3mo
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Professional_Book_Dragon
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I got to talk to Jason Reynold today! He is such an amazing advocate for literature and I love love love his books!

RebL 🤯 So cool! 🙌🏼 3mo
TheBookHippie ♥️♥️♥️♥️ I love him. We got to lunch with him when he was at our library. Such fun. 3mo
AmyG Oh Wow!!! 3mo
Bookgoil I love him so much! ❤️ 3mo
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Bookjunkie57
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Finished with this book and my first goal for #20in4

This book was so enthralling and I‘m amazed at home much happens to Will in a minute or two. I love the way it was told in verse. It was amazing.

Andrew65 Great 🥳👏👏👏 4mo
bthegood 👍 4mo
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DogMomIrene
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Gut wrenching story of the downward spiral of cyclical violence superbly illustrated for additional layers of context.

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DogMomIrene
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💔 The Rules: No crying. No snitching. Take revenge. I remember learning about these rules from my students in Las Vegas. Thank the Maker for sending Jason Reynolds. I hope my former students have found him.

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DogMomIrene
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Just started the graphic novel edition of Long Way Down and I‘m already blown away by the imagery from Danica Novgorodoff.

Tamra It‘s amazing! 5mo
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Bookjunkie57
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Only my second physical book of the year.

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I saw a review on Goodreads where some said that Reynolds wields verse like a weapon. So true. This is like shot to the gut. Powerful. And that ending! 😱😵

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ThePageantHam
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There isn't an option for the graphic novel on here, unfortunately, but it's really well done. I had read and listened to the original book a couple years ago and it was nice to revisit it in this third format. I recommend looking for the content warnings beforehand, as it's quite heavy and could be super triggering.

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DimeryRene
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Loved this story, loved the author‘s note too. I think this is the graphic novel cover, though I listened on audio.

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TracyReadsBooks
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Today‘s #FavoriteSignedBooks is from BEA in 2017 (I think). Such a fun weekend, so many amazing authors. I cannot tell you how excited I was to say hello to Jason Reynolds, truly a wonderful, inspiring ambassador for young readers, and to have a chance to tell him not only how much I enjoyed his books but also, more importantly, how much students love his books. This one is a favorite!

Have a favorite signed book? I‘d love to hear about it!

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Anna40
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I listened to an interview with Reynolds. He said: if kids today watch video clips and that‘s how long they can or want to focus, then he needs to adapt his writing to that. Written in verse, you can read the book in one sitting. Reynolds communicates with kids on their level: no talking down, no artificial youth language, but poetry. No wise words or solutions either, no teaching a lesson - just the feelings, all the lost lives and the grief.

BkClubCare That is a lot of round stickers. 7mo
Anna40 @BkClubCare yes! A lot of prizes and stickers :). I‘m surprised that he was ‘only‘ a national book award finalist and didn‘t win it. I think this book is outstanding 7mo
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BennettBookworm
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This book was nothing short of genius. Told like a long form poem, the story took me on a journey that had me crying, laughing out loud, and chilled to the core. Reynolds made me feel so much in so few words. The whole concept for the book - I can‘t give too much away! - felt so unique, while also making me think of other favorite books that ask the big questions. I‘ll be thinking about this for a long time. Thanks @LiteraryinLawrence !

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AmandaBlaze
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This was a brilliant book told in verse. It portrays the chain-reaction of shooting someone and what is seen as revenge. The style is stripped down, but still provides beautiful passages and imagery.

bthegood I thought this book was great - I did the audiobook - hearing the story was great - 🙂 7mo
AmandaBlaze I'll have to try the audiobook, too. 7mo
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babyruth2510
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5⭐️ This book is excellent. I highly recommend listening to it ( the author narrates it). Read this a couple weeks ago and it is still sticking with me

AmandaBlaze I just started it! 7mo
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Will gets on the elevator to get revenge. As he descends he faces the voices of the past and the events that lead him to this day. What happens when/if Will gets off the elevator? Read Long Way Down to find out! Written in verse, it is a very quick read, with a lot of heart and a few twists. Highly recommend.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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DogMomIrene
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Visited the new library today, got my library card, and picked up some #VIRL swag. When my husband and I were looking at towns on Vancouver Island, we gravitated to Sooke. Then we saw the news that Sooke was getting a brand new library building. Sealed the deal! #TBR

bthegood I love that the library sealed it - and based on your pictures - it was worth it 🙂 (edited) 7mo
DogMomIrene @bthegood 💜 Yes! This small town is catching up with its growth, and they‘re making some really beautiful infrastructure choices. 7mo
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Goleemn
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I cannot give this enough thumbs up! A boy, a gun, an elevator, and ghosts. I want to add this to my curriculum so much! Told in verse, a fast read, but so wonderful. And the ending is mind-bending. A teen book, but any adult would love it!

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Tamra
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Graphic novel edition has amazing water color art!

I‘m going to break my resolve and give my son this edition first instead of insisting he read the novel in verse. I know he‘ll be more open to it.

@squirrelbrain thanks for the inspiration today! 💙

squirrelbrain Wow, you got that quickly! Is it a physical copy or an e-book? 8mo
Tamra @squirrelbrain physical. There were like 4 copies at an Indie. 8mo
squirrelbrain I bet the paintings look even more amazing in a physical copy! ❤️ 8mo
Tamra @squirrelbrain it really is a beautiful book! 8mo
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squirrelbrain
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I‘ve heard so many people talk about this book so, when I saw it appear on Libby without a queue, I had to snag it.

Loved the gorgeous artwork in this book; I think it really added something.

Also just realised that I should have waited until later in the year to read this for #authoramonth…doh! 🤦‍♀️

Soubhiville Oops! It‘s in my TBR for #AuthorAMonth. Luckily he has a lot more books to choose from 😊📚 8mo
squirrelbrain Fortunately there are another 3 books of his on Libby @Soubhiville ! 😮‍💨 8mo
Tamra Such a fabulously powerful book! I haven‘t seen the graphic novel, but I‘ll look for it today. 8mo
Cortg You could still read the YA novel format! 8mo
squirrelbrain I probably will @Cortg ! 8mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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#BeginsWith #Long This is a very powerful story- I have several copies of this in my classroom library and they're always checked out.
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

Tamra Fabulous - such a wallop of an impact! 9mo
AmyG I got this for author a month. Glad to know it‘s that good. 9mo
megnews The graphic adaptation is excellent too. 9mo
CoffeeNBooks @megnews Yes! I have that one in my classroom library, also. 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds good! 9mo
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Bookish_Gal
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I‘m on a mission to read all of Jason Reynolds books
This is a book about revenge. When a young boy decides to get back at who /he thinks/ shot his brother. This is a book about the long ride down the elevator and taking that slow time down to think about what‘s going on. About The Rules of the neighborhood. This book, written in verse, still captures all of the boys conflicting feelings. Lot going on in so little, quick paced in a slow elevator

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CafeBookstelo
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We always thinks we know best. We think our view of a story is the only view. This book is another life changer and a book I read over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, it was part of my #jolabokaflod haul and it was amazing
It was beautiful breathtaking lyrical and a reality check all in one. This book should be required reading starting in middle school.

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Pogue
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I have wanted to read these forever! Thank you so much @TheBookKeepers Coco I love everything! Thank you so much. #bestof2021swap

TheBookKeepers Yay!! Hope you love them as much as I did! 9mo
BethM Are those hot pads? Very cool! 9mo
candority Long Way Down is so good! 😊 9mo
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#2021Book122
Jason Reynolds is one of the best YA writers out there and every word of this book is poetry. Literally and metaphorically. He doesn't know how to write a bad sentence and my students and I loved every minute of reading this book.

EchoLogical YES. I love him and this book! 10mo
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This book is about a 15 year old boy named Will. He is at a hard time in his life because his 19 year old brother was just murdered. The rule inside Will‘s hood is that you always get revenge on the person who murdered your family member however, revenge is the reason his brother and father are both dead. On his way to seek revenge he enters an elevator, inside of this elevator many different relatives of Will‘s come to him

owen.lauzon with advice that could change the course of violence in his hood forever. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense and enjoys reading verse. A theme inside of this book is revenge. This theme is shown throughout the entire book as Will decides if revenge is the best way avenge his brother‘s death. (edited) 10mo
MissYaremcio Nicely done Owen! I got your photo on email as well! 6/6 10mo
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monalyisha
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Jason Reynolds was interviewed recently by Stephen Colbert, & he was so eloquent & wonderful. He spoke about anxiety; Children‘s Literature; empathy, sensitivity, & compassion; he quoted Alfred Hitchcock; he disagreed with Maurice Sendak.

It‘s a quick segment that‘s worth a watch!:
https://youtu.be/nNzYE_4DdtA

kspenmoll Thank you!!! 10mo
MicheleinPhilly What a lovely conversation. Thanks for posting! 10mo
monalyisha @kspenmoll @MicheleinPhilly You‘re welcome! Happy to share the love. 💞 10mo
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Soubhiville That was great. Thanks for posting! 10mo
BiblioLitten Thank you for sharing 💜 10mo
Bookzombie Thanks for sharing! Such a great interview. 💗 10mo
jspoelker Thanks for sharing!! This was super cool! I knew the book Stunt Boy but now will READ it! 10mo
Centique Wow! That was so good. Thank you for posting this 😍 9mo
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sprainedbrain
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This was my #WrittenInVerse choice for #Booked2021 and it was awesome, especially read by the author on audio. I followed along on my kindle, but listening to Reynolds read made me feel like I was getting it how it was intended.

Love the description ‘an ode to put the damn guns down.‘ 💕

Also my #BookSpin for this month!

mom2bugnbee That was my written in verse choice as well! I only listened, so it took me a while to figure out why he was reading it in the cadence he used. 😂 Once I figured it out, I really enjoyed the experience. 10mo
Cinfhen Well done 👍🏻 10mo
sprainedbrain @mom2bugnbee 😆 I also loved his author‘s note at the end of the audio! 10mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 10mo
Angitron I literally just finished this a few hours ago. Powerful! 10mo
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MandaMT
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This was my 3rd go around with this story. First in verse, 2nd as the graphic novel, now previewing the audio for some students. I loved listening to Jason Reynolds read it. I‘m excited to share it with some young folks.

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mom2bugnbee
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I'm still wrapping my head around this book. I don't want to say much, because I don't want to spoil it. Its such a fantastic, unique premise. It's slim - less than two hours on audio... and it's wonderful on audio. At first, I found myself wishing that the author had used different voices for the different characters. Then I realized that this is a novel in verse, which is why he was reading it the way he read it. ⬇️

mom2bugnbee This was confirmed by a short interview with him at the end - he said that he couldn't trust that meter to anyone else. You can read more about the plot, but I suggest that you don't, and just read it. ⭐⭐⭐⭐✨/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 13mo
OriginalCyn620 Yes! This is an excellent read! 13mo
Tamra Sooooo good! 13mo
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Amiable This was one of my 5-star reads last year (and there were only 3 of them). Such a phenomenal experience, especially on audio. 13mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘ve heard such good things about this book! 😎 13mo
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mom2bugnbee
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"Always, always, always be skeptical of someone who answers a question with a question. Usually, usually, usually it's a set-up."

(Unless you're a professor who often, often, often answers a question with "what do YOU think?" ?)

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This is the first book I've read by Jason Reynolds, and I was definitely not disappointed! I appreciated the fact that the novel was written in verse. I really think that added impact and meaning to what Reynolds was trying to convey. I also liked the way Reynolds made “The Rules,“ a theme throughout the book. The way Will questioned himself was moving and felt so real.

megnews Check out the graphic novel version too. I loved both. 14mo
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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is written in verse. I listened to this at 3x the speed on audio and walked Riot and it took me 30 minutes to listen to and our two mile walk took us 39 minutes. This book is definitely a fast, profound read.
#book #books #bookstagram #bibliophile #litsy #littens #bookreview #review

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Amiable Such a good book! It‘s even better in audio. 1y
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peanutnine
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I read this in one sitting. It was very compelling. Such an emotional story that brings to light the cycle of violence in a community. Being written in verse adds to the impact and storytelling. I liked the ambiguous ending.

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Jas16
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“I want you to love my story but not as much as you love your own.” My library had a great zoom event with Jason Reynolds tonight. I signed up completely on impulse and am so glad I did. Now to read more of his books..:

Suet624 I love him. 2y
TheBookHippie He‘s the best. All his books are good. 2y
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ this is one of those books I think everyone should read. Powerful poetry, and a story that will make you feel—and think.

SaturnDoo I loved this book!!! ❤🙂 2y
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ravenlee
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Wow, that was kind of brutal - in the best way. The ambiguous ending drives me nuts, but it had to be.

Incidentally, hubby is back at work today after an unexpected week off (storms), which gave me an hour all to myself this morning to get some reading in! It might be selfish, but I really cherish the time between when he leaves for work and kiddo gets up for the day. I struggle when I don‘t get that time.

megnews I loved this. There‘s a graphic novel too that‘s powerful as well. I also cherish my alone reading and coffee time in the morning. 2y
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bernadette
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Gripping YA novel in verse as a teen rides down an elevator contemplating whether to go through with killing who he thinks murdered his brother. The elevator rides takes only a few minutes so using verse was particularly compelling and illuminating. Great book.