Long Way Down

Long Way Down

How did I get it?:
I received it from Faber. Many thanks to them.


hid, tucked
themselves tight.

Pressed our lips to the
pavement and prayed
the boom, followed by
the buzz of a bullet,
didn’t meet us.

After Will’s brother is shot in a gang crime, he knows the next steps. Don’t cry. Don’t snitch. Get revenge. So he gets in the lift with Shawn’s gun, determined to follow The Rules. Only when the lift door opens, Buck walks in, Will’s friend who died years ago. And Dani, who was shot years before that. As more people from his past arrive, Will has to ask himself if he really knows what he’s doing.

This haunting, lyrical, powerful verse novel will blow you away.


I was approached to read this book fairly recently and immediately was intrigued. I’m getting more into books told in verse. I don’t think it’ll ever be my ‘thing’ but I do enjoy reading books written this way every now and then. This is especially the case when they’re about powerful topics. Long Way Down completely captivated me and I could have easily read it in one sitting. It was that compelling.

Long Way Down is a brutal book about violence. It centres around Will’s brother Shawn who was shot and killed. The rules are that someone in your family is killed, you go and seek revenge. That’s what Will sets out to do. He grabs the gun in his room and sets out to kill his brother’s killers. However, in the elevator on the way down he is joined by ghosts of people that have been shot in Will’s life.

The first thing that really struck me was how much Will had gone through in his young life so far. It was heart-wrenching. So many deaths due to gun violence. It has to have really affected him. I definitely thought of all of the lives being ruined to gun violence. It really made my stomach turn. It was sad to see the cycle going on and on. People dying, then the shooter being shot…then someone else killing them… it was endless. I felt like the ghosts were trying to get Will to stop the cycle and realise that seeking revenge wouldn’t end well for him.

I loved that Jason Reynolds used free verse to tell the story. I feel like this was the best way to portray Will’s experience with the ghosts. It was interesting, brutal and powerful at the same time. It made me want to read some of the moments out loud for more of an impact.

Long Way Down sends a message about gang/gun violence. It is devastating to think about how many lives are lost this way every single day. It’s an incredibly quick read and I definitely think the ending is open to interpretation which is interesting.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A quick, brutal read!

This Week In Books #106

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

The Lie When Dimple Met Rishi Long Way Down

NOWThe LieC.L. Taylor– I’m seeing C.L. Taylor’s books everywhere, so I’m making my way through her previous releases. I had read her young adult book, but never her adult fiction until I recently finished The Accident. I’m about 40 pages into The Lie and I’m enjoying it so far!

THENWhen Dimple Met RishiSandhya Menon– I finally got around to this sweet YA read. I thought the writing was incredibly addictive. It didn’t take me long to read at all.

NEXTLong Way Down Jason Reynolds- I’m really looking forward to this book! It’s in verse which I always find interesting. I’ve got high hopes for this one.

What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments or link the post/similar post that you do! 🙂

Stacking The Shelves #192

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Book images go to Goodreads!



I am reading this book for my kid-lit challenge with my sister, Beth. I’ve read David Walliams before and enjoyed his work! 🙂

Saga, Vol. 3 (Saga, #3)

This will be the banned book I read for the Banned Book feature on my blog. 🙂 Looking forward to it!

Sent by publishers:

The Wonder of Us

I don’t know much about this author, but I really liked the sound of this book so I was happy to be sent a copy!

Long Way Down

I am so excited about reading this book. I may have to bump it up my TBR list. It sounds incredible. It’s in verse too. Ooh.

What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know!