A National Book Award Finalist!
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019!
From National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds comes a novel told in ten blocks, showing all the different directions a walk home can take.
This story was going to begin like all the best stories. With a school bus falling from the sky. But no one saw it happen. They were all too busy—
Talking about boogers.
Stealing pocket change.
Executing complicated handshakes.
Planning an escape.
But mostly, too busy walking home.
Jason Reynolds conjures ten tales (one per block) about what happens after the dismissal bell rings, and brilliantly weaves them into one wickedly funny, piercingly poignant look at the detours we face on the walk home, and in life.
|Publisher:||Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books|
|Edition description:||Signed Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||10 - 14 Years|
About the Author
Jason Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling author, a Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree, National Book Award Honoree, a Kirkus Award winner, a two-time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. The American Booksellers Association’s 2017 and 2018 spokesperson for Indies First, his many books include When I Was the Greatest, Boy in the Black Suit, All American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely), As Brave as You, For Every One, the Track series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu), and Long Way Down, which received both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor. He lives in Washington, DC. You can find his ramblings at JasonWritesBooks.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was very mediocre. I would recommend it to a 6th grader or middle schooler. If you read a lot this book might be boring for you. The short stories were okay but as soon as I started to get invested in the characters the story would end. There are about 10 stories and the book is 190ish pages long which leaves less than 20 pages per story. Also some of the stories I did not care for. I also thought it was weird and did not understand the continuing reference to a bus falling from the sky. In my opinion, this book wasn't a complete waste of time because it entertained me for about 2 days but I probably will forget it after I read something a lot better.
Jason Reynolds has a way of weaving stories together with the reader finding connections from the heart with the characters. The characters each have their own challenges and although they do not see each other, you do notice connections in changes in setting. Look Both Ways is unique in that the stories take place at the end of the school day as the character’s walk home, but each block has a different set of characters and story. I was granted an advance read copy and rate Jason Reynolds as one of my favorite YA and MG authors. Look Both Ways is a middle grade option, which reminds me more of the Track series.
I've read a few books from Jason Reynolds and have long become a fan...although his writing doesn't even fall into my usually favorite genre. And that says a lot. Every character and every situation leaves a lasting impression, one that touches the heart and means plenty of food for thought. When school is over, kids are freed from the classroom and halls, but this means different things for different kids. Some are afraid of dogs, others of sick parents, and others need to find tricks to get by. Each tale is somewhat interlinked in so far that some of the characters are mentioned or appear in more than one situation, but each one tells a very individual story. Everyone faces life from a different angle with different challenges and hopes. This collection makes that clear. There aren't many writers who can start a tale with a booger, change it into a philosophical debate between kids, and have the entire thing roll beside a very sobering sickness. Every day banter mixes with candor and harshness, while still holding the right amount of humor to make it almost sweet. The kids in these stories come across naturally and honestly. Their views on life are humorous even when they face situations which hit quite the opposite. It's fun to read and yet, forces the reader to think. This isn't only a book for tweens but for slightly older readers as well. I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed reading these tales very much. So, I'm leaving my honest thoughts.
In LOOK BOTH WAYS author Jason Reynolds was inspired by his own experiences while walking home from school each day. The characters in his latest book tell the story of a neighborhood as each of them head home after school. Ten stories are told about ten blocks and the kids who live in the neighborhood around their middle school. Their stories reflect adventure, tragedy, fear, and every experience in between. There are stories about boogers, jokes, hand shakes, and Rottweilers. There are stories about illness and money. The stories are all connected just as the kids are all connected as friends, fellow students, bullies, and more. Reynolds captures the reality of life as the kids' experiences reflect the experiences of all who have walked home from school and dealt with whatever life hands them. This unique tale will touch the hearts of readers both young and old.
Look Both Ways is a fun look at 10 different groups of students and what happens after the bell rings at the end of the school day. It's a great reminder that everyone is going through something different, even though they may share something in common, like going to the same school. There are many great conversation starters in this book for children of all ages (and the adults that love them). Thank you to NetGalley for my copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
4 stars Okay, I wasn't so sure if I would like this book because I'm not as much a fan of short stories. And in truth, some of these short stories sort of left me hanging and wanting more. But I really liked the way Jason Reynolds told these little vignettes while connecting them with the school, bus, and journey home. While I was initially confused by some of the stories, as I continued, I started to see the connections and it made it more and more interesting as I went along. The last one really tied it all together and gave me new eyes to see some of the earlier stories. I found myself empathizing in some places, tearing up in others, and giggling madly in still others. When this is fully released, I would love to hear the audiobook version of this (maybe read by Jason Reynolds himself?). His books tend to work very well in the audio format. I think this is a story that might be hit or miss for people, depending on what they're looking for, partly because it's short stories that are loosely connected, but the stories don't always feel fully fleshed out. But to me, I think it's sort of a glimpse of this neighborhood and the hopes and dreams of the different people. I very much enjoyed this book, but I would probably love it even more if there was more to it. If you're a fan of Jason Reynolds, I would recommend giving this a try. Special thanks to NetGalley, Jason Reynolds, and Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Jason Reynolds is a genius. Look Both Ways is the newest book by Mr. Reynolds, and it is just another example of why he is one of the most relevant writers today. Through the ten stories told in Look Both Ways, Mr. Reynolds urges readers, ever so subtly, to rethink how we see others at first glance. It’s easy to make snap judgments about people, particularly students who walk our hallways every day. But as these stories show us, people are often more than they first appear to be. We must look both ways. And then look. Again and again and again. Look Both Ways is a must-have for grades 6-8. Author: Jason Reynolds Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books Release Date: October 8, 2019 I received this book from the publisher and @NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.