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2023 Book Review: Long Way Down

by Jason Reynolds

YA Contemporary, 2017 by Atheneum, 306 Pages 

What I Didn’t Like:

  • Short and it leaves you with questions. Now we know I don’t have a problem with this but if you’re the kind of reader who likes all loose ends tied up, you may not like this one.

What I Did Like:

  • Lyrical and beautiful. The audiobook is also narrated by the author, which lends and air of spoken word poetry to the entire thing. It’s captivating.
  • Powerful message implied without hitting you upside the head with it. It’s there and it resonates. The note from the author at the end of the audiobook is also worth a read to really bring it home.
  • The graphic novel captures the poetry beautifully. The artwork is perfect. Really, this just proves any format of this one is worth the time. 

Who Should Read This One:

  • Fans of powerful contemporary stories that pack a lesson in short, beautiful language.
  • Poetry or spoken word fans will also like this one (for spoken word check out the audiobook). 

My Rating: 5 Stars

  • This one is super powerful and recommended in any format for contemporary or poetry fans.

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