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Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Powerful tale of Black teen's search for revenge.

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age 12+

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age 12+

A Long Way Down review

Two shots ring out, and our main character starts “pressing lips to the pavement.” A Long Way Down is written by Jayson Reynolds and was published in 2017 Our main character, Will’s older brother, Shawn, has been shot. Dead. Will feels an immense sadness, but in his neighborhood, there are the”rules.” No 1. Crying - Don’t - No matter what No 2. Snitching - Don’t - No matter what No 3. Revenge - Do - No matter what. Our main character will live in a major metropolitan area. William sets out for revenge, but he takes the elevator ride that will change his life. This book was impeccably written, and the free verse poetry style in which it is written adds all that much more to the experience, and realism. Although, this book leaves you with a major cliffhanger, making me think that there might be a sequel. This is a book that would be great for a pre teen or a teenager. Overall I give book an over all 4/5

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Grief can cause reckless behavior, and this hard-hitting meditation on the urge for revenge exposes its dangers. This adaptation of Long Way Down, Jason Reynolds' novel-in-verse, captures all of the emotional power of the original version, but in an abbreviated narrative space. Danica Novgorodoff's exquisite watercolors match Will's changing mood and turbulent outlook, and they may upset sensitive readers. There's a lot of heartbreak here, and the creators don't back away from the tragedies that befall Will, Shawn, and other boys, men, and young women from the neighborhood. The ending is not pat but it's satisfying, and it should spark discussion in a wide range of readers. Long Way Down is gripping from top to bottom.

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