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text 2018-04-20 13:23
Book Blog number 3
Long Way Down - Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds moved to Brooklyn, New York when he first started his writing career. This heavily influenced his writing style. He mainly writes about black culture in cities. Long Way Down is about Will, a kid who wants to avenge his brother's death by killing the guy who killed his brother. In certain neighborhoods, shootings happen a lot. In New York City, this happens sometimes.. Jason Reynolds does a very good job at explaining this, especially if you do not know a lot about this type of thing.

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quote 2018-04-16 16:11
"My stomach was aching, the quaking world in the bottom of it, and it wasn't long before I could feel myself splitting apart" (Reynolds 229).
Long Way Down - Jason Reynolds

This quote is important because Will is in the elevator with his father and he thinks that his father is now trustworthy. Then while they are hugging each other, his father pulls Will's gun out of his belt and holds it to his head. This leaves Will feeling betrayed and terrified. He realizes that at any moment, his father could kill him and he is so hurt because he thought his father was finally worthy of his trust and love. 

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Patina (Track) - Jason Reynolds

 I chose this photo to help explain the book I'm reading, Patina by Jason Reynolds, because in the story Patina's mother lost her legs due to diabetes and uses a wheelchair.

She got diabetes because after her husband died she found comfort in the same foods he used to make which were unhealthy sweets as her husband was a baker. Also, her mother's loss of her legs is what made Patina decide to use the gift of her own legs and run track.

 

"Praise the Lord," Ma sings, wheeling the chair back to give us enough space to come inside."

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review 2018-04-11 18:01
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
A Monster Calls - Jason Isaacs,Patrick Ness

I had this book on my Audible app for too long and decided to listen to it for #SpringHorror and though I wouldn't consider it a true horror novel, it felt more like a dark fable/fairytale rooted in modern times, it did have some horrific elements. A young boy dealing with a whole lot of awful, is visited by a monster who tells him stories and demands that after the third story is told the boy will have to share one of his own.

 

This one will punch you right in the heart and will probably make you cry. I don't think I will ever listen to it again because it is just too painful. The poor kids emotions are so raw and genuine and all over the place, the anger, the denial, the fear, all of it rang 100% true and that's all I'm saying because I don't want to spoil things for anyone who hasn't read it yet (though I may be the last!) and it's really to painful for me to revisit. The narrator is most excellent too.

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text 2018-04-11 03:49
When I Was the Greatest - Jason Reynolds,Michael Frost

Hello, my name is Maddie Deem, and I enjoy reading books, but more specifically reading realistic fiction. I am currently reading the book When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds because of its genre, but also because I just read one of his other books Long Way Down, and it has become one of my favorites. I loved Jason Reynolds writing style in the first book I read, and so far I love it in When I Was the Greatest as well.

 

So far When I Was the Greatest is about a boy named Ali growing up in a rough community or neighborhood. This neighborhood is filled with things such as guns and drugs that Ali doesn’t mess with or care for. He may not be into those types of things, but just by living in this neighborhood he is given a label. This label creates many misunderstandings and struggles through his life that he can’t escape from. His friend Noodles, however, is the complete opposite of Ali and is always looking for trouble. Noodles may be the one making mistakes, but somehow Ali is always the one fixing the problems or picking up the pieces. This makes me wonder if later on in the book Ali breaks away from Noodles because of this almost toxic friendship, or if he sticks by his side and pays the price for his friend. Along with this, I wonder if Noodles even realized what he is doing to Ali and how he feels about all of this. Maybe if he knew what he was doing he would put a stop to it, but then again maybe he wouldn’t even care. I can’t wait to continue reading When I Was the Greatest and keep you posted on this friendship, hopefully many things will change for the better as the book goes on.

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