A long way down

Praise Fifteen-year-old Will, immobilized with grief when his older brother Shawn is shot and killed, slowly comes to mull The Rules in his head. The poetry is stark, fluently using line breaks and page-turns for dramatic effect; the last of these reveals the best closing line of a novel this season. Next, he lays out The Rules: Yet, the simple seven-floor descent becomes a revelatory trip.

A long way down

They all want to commit suicide by jumping from the roof. Their plans for death in solitude, however, are ruined when they meet. After telling their individual stories to the others, they decide to hold off on jumping and to help each other.

Thus a group of four unfortunate and very individual people forms. Jess's condition not to jump is that they help her to find her ex-boyfriend Chas. So they take a taxi and drive to the party they suppose Chas to be at. After finding and talking to Chas they decide to go to Martin's place where they find Penny, who has obviously been crying.

She accuses Martin of cheating on her because he had left the party they'd both attended that evening without any explanation. Part Two The next morning Jess's dad learns that the newspapers are publishing a story about Jess and Martin. Jess tells him that she slept with Martin, to avoid him finding out the truth of her attempted suicide.

He takes her to task because the whole thing is very awkward for him.

A long way down

He is the Junior Secretary of Education and has a reputation to lose. He goes out to get an early edition of the paper and sees the story about her 'suicide pact' with Martin, so Jess's "whole sex confession bit had been a complete and utter fucking waste of time. After the conversation, her father asks Martin to protect Jess and gives him money.

Afterwards, a reporter calls JJ wanting to know why they decided not to jump, but JJ refuses to discuss it. Later Jess calls Maureen, and they decide to organise a meeting at Maureen's place.

At the meeting, Jess suggests that they try to profit from the suicidal-report in the newspaper. Her idea is to confess to the press that they saw an angel who saved them from jumping.

Martin, Maureen and JJ don't like the idea and they try to convince Jess out of talking to the press. The next morning they find out that Jess told a reporter, Linda, that they saw an angel that looked like Matt Damon. Although they are upset with Jess's behaviour, they decide to do the interview.

Linda uses the interview to attack Martin in the press. The show is a disaster and Martin loses his job. At another TV show Jess admits that the angel story was not true.

Later, JJ decides that the four of them have to go on holiday for Maureen's benefit. One week later they're on a plane to Tenerife. On the second day, Jess sees a girl who looks very similar to her lost sister Jen. Jess bothers the girl and they have a fight.

Out of frustration Jess gets drunk and the police have to take her back to the hotel. JJ meets a girl that saw his old band and they spend the night together. Martin decides to leave the hotel after a fight with Jess.

During his absence from the others he thinks about his life and decides that he has made no mistakes. He blames other people for how his life has turned out. In the taxi to the airport they talk about their holiday and plan another meeting for Valentine's Day. They meet at 8 o'clock on the roof of Toppers' House on Valentine's Day.

While they have a conversation, they see a young man who is planning to jump from the roof. They try to stop him from committing suicide but he jumps.

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They decide to go home and to meet the following afternoon at Starbucks. Part Three Martin tells them about a newspaper article he read according to which people who want to commit suicide need 90 days to overcome their predicament.

So they decide to hold their decision until 31 March. Maureen and Jess decide to visit Martin's ex-wife Cindy to bring her back to him.Mar 20,  · Watch video · On New Year's Eve in London, four strangers find themselves on the roof of a building known for suicides.

Martin is a famous talk show host just out of jail, Maureen is a lonely single mother, Jess is young, reckless and heartbroken, /10(K). Long Way Down is an intense read with a beautifully ambiguous ending that highlights the humanity of those who are regularly touched by and contribute to gun violence.

--Siân Gaetano, children's and YA editor, Shelf Awareness/5(). After year-old Will sees his older brother, Shawn, gunned down on the streets, he sets out to do the expected: the rules dictate no crying, no snitching, and revenge.

A Long Way Down () cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. In Long Way Down, Will has known about The Rules for a long time. No one he knows invented them, they've just always existed: No Crying, No Snitching, Get Revenge.

No one he knows invented them, they've just always existed: No Crying, No Snitching, Get Revenge. Long Way Down is an intense read with a beautifully ambiguous ending that highlights the humanity of those who are regularly touched by and contribute to gun violence.

--Siân Gaetano, children's and YA editor, Shelf Awareness/5().

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