Book Review: For Every One

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by Jason Reynolds

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    List Price: $7.99
    Format: Paperback, 112 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    Target Age Group: Young Adult
    ISBN13: 9781481486255
    Imprint: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
    Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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    Book Reviewed by Vanessa Vanzie

    The title of the book, For Everyone, by Jason Reynolds states exactly who the book is for; that means it is written for you and for me. The timely message was originally performed at the Kennedy Center unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Reynolds’ poignant speech can be applied to the lives of all readers, hearers, and doers who occupy planet Earth. Throughout this masterpiece, that is an empowering and poetic letter, Reynolds reaffirms the idea of attainable success. What better way to speak to the hearts of individuals than to propel them in the direction of their dreams with words of hope and promise. Though a short read, it should be consumed slowly to savor every uplifting morsel.

    Reynolds is like that trusting adult who pulls you aside and gives you a straight from the heart pep talk. The reader will connect with the author’s words because they come from personal experiences that inspires one to be and do better. Exposing himself as a work in progress gives Reynolds words more impact. He does not claim to be a know it all and states so plainly in saying, “so I got no answers”. The honesty of Reynolds is especially refreshing for younger readers who have turned deaf ears to the pompous braggarts offering unwarranted counsel. The letter encourages optimism unknown opportunities that are available; no get rich quick schemes will work.

    Full disclosure is what makes Reynolds’ words so endearing to the reader. He tries to let everyone know that they must become active participants in their own success stories. Wishing on a star and waiting for a miracle is not promoted in this read. If Reynolds can put in the work then everyone can and the results will be as diverse as each individual reader. And that’s ok since dreams and dreamers are unique. Some may stray off course and create more difficulties for themselves because of unwise choices much like the author has admittedly made in the past. Despite the setbacks, Reynolds wants everyone who to read this letter and be moved to action. No pity parties, where you beat yourself up over imperfections and errors, are allowed. These delays are all a part of growing up, so they are not worth stressing over. This book is a great gift to bestow on anyone who needs to be encouraged. One can find solace as they read this book which is punctuated with a genuine caliber of timeless sentiments.

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