For Everyone By Jason Reynolds.

The Diverse Reader For Everyone By Jason Reynolds Book Review

Title: For Everyone

Author: Jason Reynolds

Genre: Poetry

Published: April 10, 2018

Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books

Total Pages: 112 pages

Topics Include: Dreams, Goals, Self-Reflection and Growth.

Amazon Synopsis: For Every One is just that: for every one. For every one person. For every one dream. But especially for every one kid. The kids who dream of being better than they are. Kids who dream of doing more than they almost dare to dream. Kids who are like Jason Reynolds, a self-professed dreamer. Jason does not claim to know how to make dreams come true; he has, in fact, been fighting on the front line of his own battle to make his own dreams a reality. He expected to make it when he was sixteen. Then eighteen. Then twenty-five. Now, some of those expectations have been realized. But others, the most important ones, lay ahead, and a lot of them involve kids, how to inspire them.

I have read quite a few of Jason Reynold’s books. He has a way of giving a detailed story in everything that he writes but in this particular poetry book it was short, simple and straight to the point. There was not a detailed experience or encounter in this book but that was not necessarily needed for this poetry collection. Reynold’s created a short poetry book to reach kids and teens about the experience of daring to dream.

My favorite line:

“Dreams don't have timelines, deadlines, and aren't always in straight lines.”

My thoughts:

Jason Reynold’s has created books such as All American Boys, Long Way Down and Miles Morales Spiderman. In this particular book, For Everyone, Reynolds was able to talk about his own experiences with dream chasing, self reflection, and figuring things out along the way as he has gotten older. This book was written for teens and kids but I think it is relatable to anyone but more-so adults.

The book speaks about dreams and being inspired to keep going towards what you want but that can be for any age group. The book was short and had more shorter poems than lengthy poetry. But, the poems overall were still impactful. The poetry was simple and kept staying on the same topic, which was great. The visuals of the poetry were unique because there was a specific writing style of the poems.

For Everyone is the perfect title for this book because the topic of dreaming is for everyone essentially. I wanted the book and the poems to be longer and continue to talk about the dreams especially as an adult. But, I understood why the poetry had to be short and creative for the audience it was written for. I think this book was written as one long free verse poem but broken down on different pages.

The poem lengths and style were wrote for someone younger but I think the experiences that he mentioned were more relatable and suitable for adults. For example, he spoke about he said at different stages in his life he pictured himself to be a millionarie but then at 25 years old he was still living at home. There were strong poems that I think adults could be connected to compared to children.

Overall, this poetry book was captivating, engaging and more for adults than I expected. I think teens would be able to gain a lesson from this book but an adult would connect to this free verse poetry book even more.

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