Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel by Jason Reynolds and Danica Novgorodoff

Hi Everyone! It’s Becky again. I loved Jason Reynolds Long Way Down, and I was thrilled when I found out it had been adapted into a graphic novel. This book went beyond my expectations.

Title: Long Way Down
Author: Jason Reynolds
Illustrator: Danica Novgorodoff
Note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: Will’s whole life is shattered when his brother is shot and killed in front of him. Will knows he has to live by the code taught to him by his brother, which includes taking out the person who took out his brother. Will steps onto an elevator to begin his journey to gun down his brother’s murderer, but as he rides the elevator to the lobby, he encounters shadows from his past who may change his mind.

Review: Wow, just wow. This graphic novel went beyond anything I could have expected. I loved Reynolds’ The Long Way Down check out the review here:

I was nervous when I began reading the graphic novel because I couldn’t comprehend how the format would be able to express the emotions Reynolds put into his novel. I had no reason to worry. If it is possible, the simple prose in the graphic novel actually relayed Will’s journey into despair better than the novel. The dialog is simple, but gut-wrenching and perfectly highlights Reynolds’ brilliant and honest voice. The story is made so much better by Novgorodoff incredible illustrations. Every page is like a beautiful piece of art that draws your eye that catches your eye and makes you want to not look away. Here is just a sampling of how gorgeous this book is:

The illustrations and the story come together to make a graphic novel that was beautiful, emotional, and something that is must be read.

Final Rating: 5 out of 5

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