Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
# A Newbery Honor Book
# Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winner
# Edgar Award for Best Young Adult
“People always love people more when they're dead.”
― Jason Reynolds, Long Way Down
The book is an ode to violence and gun. This stunning New York Times best-seller story happens in sixty frightening, heartbreaking seconds. The 15-year-old Will has decided to get revenge from his older brother's murderer. He is undecided about whether to kill the murderer or not. He knows the principles well. The gun is stowed at the back of his jeans and he’s heading to his destination which is on the seventh floor. As he’s moving up toward the sixth floor, the elevator stops and a guy named Buck steps in. He is the guy who gave the gun to Will’s brother. Buck tells the kid to check the gun’s cartridge to see if it’s loaded. In his amazement, Will finds out that one bullet is missing and the only person who could fire it was his brother.
Throughout the long way, the elevator stops at every single floor and on each of these floors, somebody related to his brother’s death gets in and reveals a part of the truth about the story. The story that might have no end if Will steps outside.
About the author:
He is an American author who writes novels and poetry for young adult and middle-grade audiences, including Ghost, a National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature. Reynolds returned to poetry with Long Way Down (2017), a novel in verse which was named a Newbery Honor Book, a Printz Honor Book, and the best young adult work by the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Awards.