The Student News Site of Fauquier High School

The Falconer

The Student News Site of Fauquier High School

The Falconer

Thanks for visiting The Falconer's website! It looks like you're currently using a tablet - while the site is accessible from mobile devices, we recommend using a laptop or computer for the best possible experience. If you choose to continue on this device, please understand some text or images may display incorrectly.
The Student News Site of Fauquier High School

The Falconer

Advertisement
Support Us

Thanks for reading The Falconer. We're happy to provide you with award-winning student journalism, free from bias, conflicts of interest, and paywalls. We're able to continue to operate through the generous support of our local community. If you're able, please consider making a donation. Any amount is incredibly helpful and allows us to pursue new and exciting opportunities.

“Long Way Down” is a Book Everyone Should Read

The+book%2C+Long+Way+Down%2C+keeps+readers+hooked+and+entertained+from+the+very+first+page.
Brianna Sandoval
The book, Long Way Down, keeps readers hooked and entertained from the very first page.

“Long Way Down” by Jason Reynolds was published in 2017. It is a book filled with different emotions that leaves readers stressed and panicked and is filled with cliffhangers. It talks about the serious problems of gun violence. Will, a fifteen-year-old, is the main character in this story. He and his family live in a highly dangerous area where gun violence runs rampant. The book begins with the tragic loss of Will’s older brother from gun violence. It left Will and everybody else devastated and full of confusion. The three main rules readers should stay aware of throughout the whole book are, don’t cry, don’t snitch and take revenge.

Throughout the whole book, Will follows the three rules. He makes sure to never cry or snitch, no matter what. He decides to take revenge on whoever killed his older brother. Will makes the decision that he’s going to find out who killed his older brother and finds a gun to take action. On his way to his task, he steps into an elevator. Will’s emotions change a lot throughout each chapter and it starts getting more intense the longer you read it. It’s like never-ending questions and concerns that will make readers question why Will is seeing visions and old memories. Each floor has a different character and every person has a different story.

The elevator is where each scene takes action. Will starts dealing with seeing people and visions from his past that aren’t alive and no longer exist. He holds long conversations with each person and ends with pure confusion within every single one. The entire book is a span of 60 seconds which leaves readers confused and wondering and makes you question yourself a whole lot,you question yourself if it’s all just a dream and if the story stops there. Readers will try to go into Will’s perspective but won’t seem to find out.

The author of this book, Jason Reynolds, has a unique style of writing by making readers feel like you’re in the elevator yourself, and he uses imagery and sets a realistic theme to each scene. This book is a must-read for everyone and anyone and it should be more noticed since it talks about the serious problems of gun violence.

Leave a Comment
Donate to The Falconer

Thanks for reading The Falconer. We're happy to provide you with award-winning student journalism since 1963, free from bias, conflicts of interest, and paywalls. We're able to continue with the generous support of our local community. If you're able, please consider making a donation. Any amount is incredibly helpful and allows us to pursue new and exciting opportunities.

More to Discover
About the Contributor
Brianna Sandoval
Hi my name is Brianna Sandoval and I’m a freshman at FHS. I decided to take the journalism class this year because I love writing and enjoy to journal in my freetime. I love to cook and bake and I am a big animal lover. I’m hoping to have fun this year and can’t wait to see how my spring semester will go being a new member!
Donate to The Falconer

All Comments (0)

READ THIS MESSAGE CAREFULLY! YOU COULD BE SIGNING AWAY YOUR FIRST-BORN! All comments must be manually approved by an editor before they are visible, a process that may take longer when school is not in session. All comments on The Falconer must be respectful and in good taste, and may not be in any way demeaning, rude, unhelpful, or not school-appropriate. Comments must not promote or advertise on behalf of any individual or entity, and cannot link to any outside website. All posted comments may be removed at any time, for any reason.
Viewing All Approved Comments Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *