Parents need to know that "Long Way Down" is a novel in verse by National Book Award Finalist and New York Times Bestselling author Jason Reynolds that tells the story of an African-American teen boy at a crossroads. Determined to avenge his brother's death, Will takes his brother's gun out of their shared bedroom to kill the person he's certain is the murderer, but it's a long way down the elevator. The whole novel takes place in the span of the 60-second ride, as Will's past and "The Rules" he's learned about being tough flash before him. There are multiple incidents of gun violence, death, and grief recalled and described, some swearing (including "s--t" and "damn"), adult drinking, and some teen ghosts smoke cigarettes. Parents should be prepared to have conversations about grief, loss, gun violence, and how to make sound decisions.