Everything you need to understand or teach Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds.
Jason Reynolds’ Long Way Down is a novel written in verse about 15-year-old Will Holloman as he reacts to his older brother Shawn’s death. Will decides to shoot the man who he believes killed Shawn. On the elevator down from his family's apartment, Will encounters several people from his past who help him consider his decision to seek vengeance on his brother’s killer. The novel explores the themes of repeating mistakes, revenge, grief, routine, and keeping up appearances.