Hi everyone! As a double post for my book tour stop for Long Way Down with Hear Our Voices Book Tours, I’ve created my very first book tag!
For anyone unfamiliar with the story, Long Way Down follows Will as he’s dealing with the death of his older brother Shawn and struggling with the decision of how he should respond. In accordance with “The Rules,” he gets in the elevator one morning, determined to get revenge for his brother’s death and along the way, he’s joined by ghosts in the elevator that give him some insight into his next actions. I used these conversations as the basis for my prompts.
So who would join you in your elevator? Let’s find out!
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The first character that comes to mind as being powered by grief is Bree. She’s so determined to find about the truth behind her mother’s death that she’s putting herself in constant danger infiltrating the Legendborn. Part of this might also be due to feeling for how their last conversation ended and a desire to feel closer to her, even in death.
As much as I hate how emotional this book makes me, this story has stuck with me way past both my reading and watching the movie – which was done in reverse. The Monster sticks out to me as a tough love guardian because though it’s teaching Conner lessons through its stories, Conner is also being put in positions where he can’t hide from his fear and made to confront his feelings head on, which I think something everyone needs to go through.
Aminata’s story is an inspiring one – especially considering the fact that she was stolen from her home as a child and sold into slavery in a foreign country. Separated from her family and the only life she’s ever known to be taken to a place where she’s treated as less than human despite her age, she definitely had a difficult time from childhood all the way to her old age.
One of the characters I think about often in terms of wondering how they’re doing after the book is done is Daniel Bae from The Sun is Also a Star. The last time we see him, he’s chasing the dream of being a writer against his parents wishes of becoming a doctor, and although there’s an epilogue at the end of the book, I’d love to know what happened in between and where he is in his career today.
Out of all the book parents I’ve come to love and appreciate over the years, Maverick Carter from The Hate U Give is definitely my favorite. In both the book and great portrayal by Russell Hornsby in the movie adaptation, he’s stern at times with his kids, but the love is always there in the lessons he teaches them, especially considering that he’s raising children in a world that doesn’t always have their best interest at heart.
In terms of people looking for love and acceptance in the wrong places, my heart goes out to Pecola Breedlove from The Bluest Eye. Mocked for her dark skin, curly hair and brown eyes and inspired by her love of Shirley Temple, she believes whiteness is the key to beauty and prays for blonde hair and blue eyes to fit in. She spends a majority of the story trying to fulfill an impossible desire and her feelings are so strong that towards the end, she has driven herself insane and believes that her eyes have indeed changed colors when she looks at her reflection in the mirror.
I’ve read stories with great sibling relationships, but the Imperial Council from Raybearer definitely takes the award for strongest sibling bond – especially when you consider they’re not even related. I loved watching them grow from children to potential rulers of an empire and how quickly and strongly they latched on to one another – even to the point of contracting “council sickness” from too much separation.
When it comes to life-altering decisions, Katniss taking Prim’s spot in the Reaping is one of the first that comes to mind. In wanting to spare and protect her younger sister from the horrors of the Hunger Games, she put herself in the ultimate fight for survival and I can only admire her strength and courage to do so.
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