Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks

Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks Review

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.
Wiping out.
Braving up.
Executing complicated handshakes.
Planning an escape.
Making jokes.
Lotioning up.
Finding comfort.
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.

Title:Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks

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  • Betsy

    This review was going to begin like all the best reviews. With a new Jason Reynolds books falling from the sky. “Falling from the sky” is probably a bit hyperbolic, but that’s what it feels like...

  • Larry H

    For many children, when the bell rings at the end of the day, it signifies excitement, the start of fun and adventure. When children walk home from school, the freedoms are sometimes greater since the...

  • Julie Zantopoulos

    Very consumable stories that are all hard-hitting, impactful, and essential for middle grade readers. However, it does cover some really intense topics like bullying, homophobia, parents with cancer, ...

  • Julia Sapphire

    I received an ARC of this book at BEA, in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 stars I loved Reynolds previous book "Long Way Done", it was incredible and I was excited to read more work from him. Wh...

  • Kelly

    Go into this one knowing it's a series of short stories linked together because all of the kids go to the same school. There are characters who cross over and reappear, but this isn't about how they i...

  • Sahitya

    I’m somewhere between a 3 and a 3.5. I’ve always wanted to read a Jason Reynolds book because I’ve heard him speak on multiple occasions and he is amazing. So when this book was nominated for th...

  • Traci at The Stacks

    I loved this book. Reynolds is so observant and his stories are so specific and subtle. Which is especially rare in work for young people. The characters are real and contain their own traumas without...

  • Krista Regester

    10 short stories that all share a common connection: Jason Reynolds. Can I get an amen?!...

  • Jazmen

    I often hear it said that writers are bred, and sure you can breed some decent writers with whatever amount of work it requires, but I think the most gifted writers are born.Jason Reynolds is the latt...

  • Rec-It Rachel

    (i don't really like the way santiago's size is described as "two kids tall and two kids wide" because like...he is a kid. so he, by definition, is kid size...right?) ...