by Jason Reynolds

December 30, 2017

I scrawled the names of many books in my iPhone during our annual family outing to the Texas Book Festival last month. Since I was with my kids, many of those books were Young Adult books, so this might be the first of a few YA that show up here in my recent reads.

Several authors raved about Long Way Down, and we went to two different panels that Jason Reynolds participated in, so here it is. Fit this in the category of books that take me totally outside my experience as it chronicles a minute in the life of a boy who is preparing to take revenge out on someone who he thinks murdered his older brother.

This “minute in the life” takes more than a minute to read, but I read it in one sitting. It’s a short read because it’s written in verse, but also because it keeps pulling your forward in the story.

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