Long Way Down and For Every One by Jason Reynolds | Joint Review

March 9th 2018

October 1st 2018

Jason Reynolds is an author who’s pretty new to me, and I’ve read two of his works so far this year. He has a unique writing style which is more spoken word than prose.

These two pieces are similar in structure, but thematically they’re very different.

In Long Way Down, we follow a boy whose older brother was killed, and he’s trying to determine if he should get revenge on the person who killed him. The book talks about rules, expectations, and pressure of society. The entire book takes place on an elevator, where 15 year-old Will is riding down while he debates whether or not to go through with his revenge. At every floor, the ghosts of his family members get on the elevator, adding to the story of what happened to his family, and his decision.

I listened to the audiobook, which was read by Jason Reynolds, and added a lot to the story.

As for For Every One, this book is a letter to himself, about dreaming, doing, and everything in between. I found the book good, but the style was not my favorite. It reminded me a lot of the poetry that Amanda Lovelace and Rupi Kaur write. Short, and straight to the point, without a lot of room for your own interpretations. This style of poetry is not my favorite.

I hope going forward that Reynolds writes more pieces like Long Way Down, because I’d love to read more of his work.