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Will lost his older brother to gun violence. He knows the rules: you don’t snitch, you get revenge. But as he holds the gun on that short elevator ride, he sees all the people he has lost to gun violence.
I am not the biggest fan of books written in verse but this one just clicked. The words on the page mimic Will’s erratic thoughts as he bounces between loneliness, sadness and rage. Reynolds did a beautifully captures the state of disbelief and anger that accompanies grief.
I am so proud to see this book receive so much praise. This is a story that sadly too many kids, teens and adults can relate too. Gun violence is on the rise and while we scream for change, we don’t see that change happening. I could understand Will’s frustrations and his loss.
I have recently lost a beloved friend to gun violence and it was Will’s voice that rang out clear.
I highly recommend this book and its audiobook.
I gave it a B.
I devour worlds with each new book. I am making up for lost time as a late bloomer of the reading world.