Martin is a famous talk show host just out of jail maureen is a lonely single mother jess is young reckless and heartbroken and jj is an american realizing the failures in his life through mutual pain and humour this unlikely group take the long way down and figure out what will keep them alive until valentines day one step at a time. A long way down is a novel written by british author nick hornby published in 2005 it is a dark comedy playing off the themes of suicide angst depression and promiscuity the story is written in the first person narrative from the points of view of the four main characters martin maureen jess and jj. A long way down doesnt bother to explore its characters on any substantial level and comes close to offending in how flippant the whole thing is to the subject of suicide. But a long way down takes risks and it does things that most authors are afraid to do which is talk about suicide and it does it in such a smart way that it becomes a book that is actually against suicide in the long run. jason reynolds long way down long way down is a novel written in verse that tells the story of fifteen year old will who seeks to venge his murdered brother shawn but as he takes the elevator down with a gun tucked in his pants it stops on each floor and a ghost from wills past enters all victims of gun violence but will that be
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