Long Way Down
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? 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 that’s when Will sees that one bullet is missing. And the only one who could have fired Shawn’s gun was Shawn. Huh. Will didn’t know that Shawn had ever actually USED his gun. Bigger huh. BUCK IS DEAD. But Buck’s in the elevator? Just as Will’s trying to think this through, the door to the next floor opens. A teenage girl gets on, waves away the smoke from Dead Buck’s cigarette. Will doesn’t 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 END…if WILL gets off that elevator.

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Long Way Down Reviews

  • Rebecca Honeycutt
    Jun 19, 2017

    Rebecca Honeycutt

    A fast read full of gut-punches. I literally said "OOF" out loud when I turned the last page. (Will post a longer review closer to the pub date.) ...

  • Becky
    Jun 17, 2017


    Amazing. Grab it, read it, and then let it sink in. This book will never leave you. ...

  • Kari
    Jun 14, 2017


    **4.5 Stars**ARC received from BEA.Ok, I don't normally care for books in verse, but this was amazing. The story was beautifully told in a way that would not have worked for a narrative format. It was beautiful, heartbreaking, and haunting all at the same time. And the end.... powerful...

  • Haley Shaffer
    Jun 14, 2017

    Haley Shaffer

    Will surely need multiple copies of this book ...

  • Sarah
    Jun 11, 2017


    This won't take long to read, is not "just another story told in verse", and you will not forget it when you are finished. It is a great suggestion for readers who aren't ready for the length of The Hate U Give. ...

  • Jackie
    Jun 10, 2017


    Wow! Just take an hour and read it. Jason Reynolds is brilliant. ...

  • Megan
    Jun 9, 2017


    What can't this man do???😍😍 ...

  • Nicole Weimer
    Jun 9, 2017

    Nicole Weimer

    Soooooooo good! I cannot say enough wonderful things about this story. Long Way Down is the perfect example of a powerful verse story. This book will move you to tears and it will make you think about gun violence from many different perspectives. Seven floors to travel before Will has...

  • Melissa
    Jun 8, 2017


    Wow! What a story! I can't wait to share this with my students. I would love to talk about their interpretations of the ending. ...

  • Jaci
    Jun 7, 2017


    Wow. This is not at all what I expected. In a good way. This review is going to be short, because I feel like I can’t write too much without ruining the book for you! The book is written in verse, which as you know, I love. So even though it is 300 pages, it is a quick read with t...