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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 takeThis 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 Skateboarding 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


10 thoughts on “Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks

  1. Betsy Betsy says:

    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 whenever a new Reynolds hits the market Now due to the focus required of my job, I couldn t care less when Reynolds has written a new book for teens As far as I m concerned, books are best when written for the 0 14 crowd and anything that speaks to readers ofmature years is apocryphal Untenable 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 whenever a new Reynolds hits the market Now due to the focus required of my job, I couldn t care less when Reynolds has written a new book for teens As far as I m concerned, books are best when written for the 0 14 crowd and anything that speaks to readers ofmature years is apocryphal Untenable Untouchable And I think Mr Reynolds is still seen as primarily a YA author at this point This, in spite of the fact that he s written an entire series beginning with Ghost for middle grade readers, to say nothing of As Brave As You So you can keep all that teen stuff Hand me the Reynolds meant for the smaller fry Now Look Both Ways isn t baby fare, by any means It s probably accurate to call it straight up middle school junior high fiction That sad little neither here nor there age range where you ve too many hormones to pass as elementary, but not quite enough to slip unnoticed into a high school hallway Nobody knows quite what to do with middle school books Do you shelve them in the kid s section of the library bookstore or the YA section Or do you give them their own section entirely Well, good news I know exactly what to do with this particular middle school book You need to weigh it down with awards, so many that it can no longer stand under its own weight and is forced to stagger to the display front and center in the library where all the best books go Then, and only then, will it have found its true home.One day Ten stories When you look at a group of kids tearing out of a school, what do you know about them What do you assume These kids all have their own problems, some big and some small There s the kid that won t let go of his blue ball and needs a crazy piggyback ride from a massive friend just to navigate the halls There s the girl who s always writing in her journal, no one ever knowing what it says The kid terrified of dogs, who s working out an escape plan in his brain The pickpockets The stinky romantics The beaten and the yuksters and the one that s clutching a little broom without even remembering it s there Ten stories Not much room to tell what needs to be said, but by the end you ll realize you wouldn t have it any other way.Due to the nature of my chosen profession I read a lot of novels for kids Let me let you in on a little trade secret 80% of them Very samey I m reading books that have garnered starred reviews from professional journals left and right, and half the time I m bored out of my ever loving skull 2019 has turned out to be a particularly dire year as well The running gag amongst my librarians is that if the novel you re reading doesn t contain some long treatise on loss then check the publication date You re probably reading something from 2018 So you want to know the first reason I was looking forward to reading Reynolds latest It wasn t because it was by him, necessarily No, it had a lotto do with the sweet page size 208 and not a paper fiberto say nothing of the fact that ten stories equals a significant decrease in the likelihood that these would all be stories about dead parents I cracked open the book and you know what the first story was about Boogers Right there I was officially in love Then, as I read, I remembered something I d forgotten Jason Reynolds That guy knows how to write Knows how to go for the emotional jugular Is aware that even the shortest, silliest story and, let us be clear, this book begins with boogers and practically ends with a can s worth of body spray can work when you catch a reader off guard with a quick, hard truth Doggone it This book is really good.Let us imagine for a moment that instead of reading this review you are instead attending a master class on writing, through the framework of Jason Reynolds books I hand you Look Both Ways and ask you to consider some of the ways in which this book is better than better than average We ll begin at the beginning Page two, to be precise After an opening that, for the record, delivers what may well be the best line about snot in the whole history of children s literature, we meet our two characters, Jasmine and TJ Their story is all of fifteen pages long in total That s fifteen pages where Reynolds has the chance to flesh out their character traits and to nail down their personalities Only he doesn t take fifteen pages to do that He takes two to three, and he does it by showing how they open their lockers Here is how TJ opens his TJ spun the black lock dial confidently, like he could feel the difference in the grooves and would know when he landed on the right numbers Here is how Jasmine opens hers Jasmine, unlike TJ, turned her lock with an intense concentration, glaring at it as if the combination could up and change at any second, or as if her fingers could stop working at any moment Consider that Two sentences and you now know everything you may ever need to know to understand these characters The beginning of a book is never a mic drop, but that comes close Real real close.Ten stories means ten challenges How do you organize your tales How much variety can there be between them while still allowing them to feel like they re part of the same book They re all told in the third person, though you do occasionally get a glimpse into a thought process here or there Some are funny Some are pretty serious, though none are dire a trademark of children s rather than YA literature Death pops up but doesn t stick around too long In a particularly neat twist, because these stories all take place on the same day, characters and incidents that you saw earlier like when our characters walk by a cloud of body spray that smelled like cinnamon if cinnamon smelled like garlic pop up later, in context Close readings and rereadings are rewarded amply here But like any good writer Reynolds had to give this book some kind of overarching theme Just saying it s the same kids from the same school at the same time on the same day isn t enough So he threw in a reoccurring school bus falling from the sky It s subtle, but it s works When I grow up, I want to be able to write descriptions as well as Mr Reynolds I m already older than he is, so this dream is running into a bit of an early snag No matter I will now proceed to write some of my favorite lines of this book, out of context, but you ll still get a bit of the flavor Jasmine Jordon said this like she said most things with her whole body Like the words weren t just coming out of her mouth but were also rolling down her spine And Jasmine would laugh because his jokes were always funny even though she knew they were almost never jokes The way they were a braid of brilliance and bravado concerned everyone He tapped his wrist where there was no watch Checked it like checking a pulse A live one, for sure There s a feel in the air A stickiness like walking through an invisible syrup A thickness to life Always smelled like incense smoke trying to mask dirty mop water I m not being fair, taking all these lines out of context Out of their pages where they glint You know when you re reading a book and you run across sentences that stands out, but not in a showy way, from all the others on the page That little glinting is what these lines display If you put them all back they ll still work their magic and, what s , they ll let you get to the best part of any Jason Reynolds story the payoff at the end I suspect he d deny it, but Reynolds has figured out how to get kids to read On his website, he says that kids who hate reading don t hate books They just hate reading boring books Now I m enough of a child myself to hate boring books too, so the short tales in this book were just my speed And as I read, I realized that if I made it through a story, I d get a little kick at the end Sometimes it s a kick that makes you want to cry Other times, laugh But whatever it does, it makes you feel, so you give in to it and keep reading story after story For the kick For the glint For the feel.Jason Reynolds won t do a number of things for the kids that read this book He won t give them hardened one dimensional villains and heroes He won t hand them boring overdone tropes that they ve encountered a hundred times before He will completely fail to bore them to death He won t make them sorry they picked this book up Heck, he won t even write a chapter without slipping in some universal truth about humanity So what will he do He ll make your kids want to be better writers Even if they ve never written a word in their lives Especially then And he ll make you want to be a better person for those kids The ones that disappear into the crowds and sometimes don t even see one another The ones that only an author can really see A good one A Jason Reynolds For ages 10 an up


  2. Larry H Larry H says:

    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 they re not limited by the confines of the bus However, there are other risk factors as well.Jason Reynolds newest book, Look Both Ways , which was recently named a National Book Award finalist, looks at 10 different journeys home each characterized by a different block on the way home from school 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 they re not limited by the confines of the bus However, there are other risk factors as well.Jason Reynolds newest book, Look Both Ways , which was recently named a National Book Award finalist, looks at 10 different journeys home each characterized by a different block on the way home from school and what they signify They are somewhat interrelated, in that characters are mentioned inthan one story.From the boy plotting a safe route home to escape a dog he s afraid of to a girl returning back to school after being out with sickle cell disease, the stories are at times humorous, at times poignant, and at times powerful.In just under 200 pages, Reynolds tackles homophobia, parental illness, letting friends know they have hygiene issues, fear about a parent s safety, and other heavy issues, yet he doesn t do it in a heavy handed way.This is the first middle grade book I ve read and I was impressed with Reynolds deft storytelling This book didn t quite click for me, however, but I did feel the balance between humor and seriousness that Reynolds tried to convey.This will be a good book for the middle grade audience, as they may identify with one orof the stories yet won t feel singled out as they might if they read a whole book about a parent dying or bullying Definitely one worth discussing with your children or your students.See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at You can follow me on Instagram at


  3. Julie Zantopoulos Julie Zantopoulos says:

    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, the death of siblings, etc It covers these themes in age appropriate ways and tastefully It s diverse and beautifully written uniquely written, too I connected with some storiesthan others but overall, this is a really great read for middle grade readers.


  4. Gretchen Rubin Gretchen Rubin says:

    A great children s book with an interesting structure each chapter is about a different child or set of children walking home from school.


  5. Julia Sapphire Julia Sapphire says:

    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 readwork from him When I saw Look Both Ways at BEA I was super excited to pick it up So this book is a middle grade novel that is a tale told in ten blocks Such an interest concept This showcases the lives of young kids, their neighborhoods and their friendships with others Honestly, I was let down by this boo 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 readwork from him When I saw Look Both Ways at BEA I was super excited to pick it up So this book is a middle grade novel that is a tale told in ten blocks Such an interest concept This showcases the lives of young kids, their neighborhoods and their friendships with others Honestly, I was let down by this book in a lot of aspects I expected there to beof a powerful message or showing evenstruggles that kids go through around this age, then there were And messages and some issues they face are prevalent just not at the degree that I think they could have been Though this book does mention some issues the children are facing For example, things that are mentioned are cancer and homophobia This is middle grade so I do not expect it to go too in depth with these issues but it was so lovely to see the way the children supported Bit s mom during chemo I also liked how someone stuck up for one boy who kissed another boy But it did not really have many discussions about that Plus there was some bullying in regards to that part of the book as well I feel like this will be a real hit or miss book for people On one hand, it deals with some important issues, has nice writing, and fleshed out characters On the other hand, I think it could have been a lot better I think they could have beensubstance to it or a deeper meaning I also never felt attached to any of the characters and the story I think maybe if the book was longer it would have feltof a complete story I felt like it ended when things could have just been getting started Though I am not the target audience for this book, so I cannot speak on how a middle grade audience will feel about it There s a lot of talk about boogers and handshakes, so a lot of childish themes I just think that if this was longer, I would have hadtime to grow a connection to these characters and this story I will be picking upJason Reynold books in the future I am looking forward to seeingpeople s thoughts on this book as we get closer to the release date and when it is released Also interested to see how children enjoy this one


  6. Kelly Kelly says:

    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 intersection, necessarily It s about how they share the same common ground but live such vastly different lives It s a peek inside the bus windows, so to speak, as kids deal with a whole host of challenges at home and outside the home What I really loved about this one is that these are such middl 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 intersection, necessarily It s about how they share the same common ground but live such vastly different lives It s a peek inside the bus windows, so to speak, as kids deal with a whole host of challenges at home and outside the home What I really loved about this one is that these are such middle school kids Some are super mature and ready to take on the world Others are just getting the chance to walk to school on their own and learning what it means when they rush and fall over It s not my favorite Reynolds story, as I love the intensity of and plot of some of his other stories better But this is a powerful addition to his catalog and one that will resonate with so many young readers


  7. Krista Regester Krista Regester says:

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


  8. Sahitya Sahitya says:

    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 the National Book Award, I decided to give it a go without even checking out its premise.You may think that my rating is low but I assure you that there s nothing wrong with the book The writing style itself is wonderful and easy to read, and the different narrators for each of the stories in the audiobook 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 the National Book Award, I decided to give it a go without even checking out its premise.You may think that my rating is low but I assure you that there s nothing wrong with the book The writing style itself is wonderful and easy to read, and the different narrators for each of the stories in the audiobook do their job beautifully This is definitely one of those books whose experience is enriched in the audio format The stories themselves are happy, sad, funny and everything in between while also dealing with important topics like bullying, homophobia, death or cancer in the family etc in a simple and easy to understand manner I didn t realize this was a middle grade book until I was almost done with the first story, and that s probably the main reason I couldn t connect with it personally To conclude, I think this book is a very good choice for young readers or anyone who isaccustomed to reading middle grade books hence able to rate and review themaccurately I think it might also be an interesting book to read along with your kids and help them understand the various issues that are talked about in it And I would definitely recommend the audiobook because it s narration is perfect


  9. Jazmen Jazmen says:

    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 latter He s naturally good at writing tales that leave out all the pomp and stance, but are so well written you don t miss it.His writing is connecting and pulling, so enthralling, every book feels like an experience you walk away from changed.Look Both Ways is a masterful work of intertwining short st 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 latter He s naturally good at writing tales that leave out all the pomp and stance, but are so well written you don t miss it.His writing is connecting and pulling, so enthralling, every book feels like an experience you walk away from changed.Look Both Ways is a masterful work of intertwining short stories told from the multiple perspectives of different students all from within the same zone, but at different points Every story is unique but tightly knit like three strand braids.The characters transcend the pages I felt as though I knew them Reynolds is a master at telling the stories of Black youth, and he does so with relatable finesse.Reynolds doesn t shy away from telling these stories in a truly and authentically way He provides Black youth with stories they can grow up with They are the stories that get passed on from one generation to the next.Look Both Ways was no exception from his usual repertoire The novel will grip you and hold you until the last page Look Both Ways is stunning, clever, raw, and humorous It began and ended every chapter on a high note, leaving little room for breathing Reynolds is a true talent


  10. Traci at The Stacks Traci at The Stacks says:

    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 this being a book about trauma.