Long Way Down

Long Way DownLong Way Down by Jason Reynolds

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was a new experience for me in terms of format and topics.
As a poetry collection, I was not used seeing a narration split in poems with a very lyrical feel. It had so much more impact like this. Some lines just stuck in my mind. I had to go back and re-read them because they made me feel something, they resonated and carried an emotional punch.

I’m not familiar with the African-American reality but it resembles some communities that exist in my country and all I learned from poverty and outcasts is that it’s a complex problem. There is a culture associated with these communities that is part of their identity and I feel that it’s hard for people to dissociate who they are and where they belong. Is one and the same. That is why the protagonist dilemma felt real to me.

Not wanting to come across as patronizing, I felt sad for the reality that people like Will go through. It gives me a new understanding about this subject and validates some opinions I already have on the subject. This book is important in 2017, now more than ever, specially in the USA.

A look into the life’s and culture of African American teenagers and the struggle of defying the established status quo. Five stars, pick it up if you can.

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