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For Every One

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  2,615 Ratings  ·  530 Reviews
Originally performed at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and later as a tribute to Walter Dean Myers, this stirring and inspirational poem is New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds’s rallying cry to the dreamers of the world.

For Every One is just that: for every one. For every one person
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Simply inspiring! Jason Reynolds is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine.
Whitney Atkinson
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Netgalley provided me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

I'm a simple woman: I see anything by Jason Reynolds, I pounce on it.

This is a poem/letter for "dreamers" in the world. It's as much of testament of Reynolds' trials and errors as much as it is a call-to-action for the readers. The writing style is very clean and this probably only took me 10 minutes to read because it's barely over 100 pages and it's designed in a neat format on the page that plays around with
David Schaafsma
Originally performed at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and later as a tribute to Walter Dean Myers, this short speech by great performer and children’s author Reynolds is vaguely titled, but it is addressed to young people about the importance of dreams. In it the now successful Reynolds reveals how he was unsuccessful most of his life, and never gave up. His principal accomplishment seems to be the fact that he is an inspiration to thousands of kids ...more
Jun 17, 2018 added it
this was......underwhelming. and i feel bad saying that because he has a bit at the end directed towards those who didn't like his book/letter/poem (lol) but it was very surface-level, empty rhetoric about dreams and how you shouldn't give up. it feels like literally anyone could have written this and includes sentiments and phrases that i'm sure tons of people have shared before. it wasn't anything knew, he used too many metaphors in strange ways and i couldn't always keep track of which metaph ...more
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
A quick read of an inspirational poem aimed at younger readers, exhorting them to dream, to have courage, and to take action.
The words, while not groundbreaking, are heartfelt, and I would have liked to have read the sentiments when I was much younger and wondering what direction I should go.
Beautiful. Everyone would benefit from reading this letter/poem of dreaming and jumping and persisting and accepting.

"Your dream is the mole
behind your ear,
that chip in your
front tooth,
your freckles.
It's the thing that makes
you special,
but not the thing that makes
you great.
The courage in trying,
the passion in living,
and the acknowledgement
and appreciation of
the beauty happening around
you does that."

Jason Reynolds, I love you.

*eARC Netgalley*
Jillian (bookishandnerdy)
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
inspiring and uplifting
Melissa Veras
Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars! I don't usually read this kind of books, but it was not bad at all. I enjoyed it.
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, netgalley
This review originally appeared on Novel Ink.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This poem/letter came along at exactly the time I needed to read it. I had been through a rough few weeks, and this was just… everything I needed to keep me going. (Once again, Jason Reynolds saves the day.) But seriously, this was a fantastic poem I think everyone would benefit from reading. Reynolds’s poetry is so m
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A letter of encouragement for dreamers, and for anyone thinking of giving up on a dream.
Aliza Werner
A letter to himself. A letter to the dreamers. Jason Reynolds setting words on fire...per usual.
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, j-nonfic
Jason flipping Reynolds!
This would be the kind of book you gift young people graduating. The takeaway of ~take the leap~ is one I think coming from someone like Reynolds really works well.

The design of the book is also super appealing, and I can see readers coming back to this one again and again.
Lauren Stoolfire
Never give up on your dreams. I highly recommend as read by the author, it's an incredibly powerful yet short listen.
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When life gives you lemons, read Jason Reynolds. Lord, this man! This poetic letter to every one is for everyone. The dreamers. The doubters. The hijacked. The prospered. Those afraid. Those with courage. The jumpers. Whichever you are...JUMP.
Molly Dettmann
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I want to curl up in these words, share them, and live them.
Melissa ~ Missy (FrayedBooks)
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For Every One is just that – for everyone. I listened to the audiobook, which is read by Jason himself, and I highly recommend it. It’s only about 30 minutes long so it’s a quick read or listen – but so powerful, you’ll immediately want to read it again. (Which, yes, I did hit “replay” after I finished it once.)

Jason speaks so honestly in For Every One; “I have yet to see my own dream made tangible.” He speaks to the drea
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jason Reynolds continues to amaze me.
Jerrie (redwritinghood)
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this very short book. If you need a good pick-me-up or other encouragement, this will be a great choice.
Mrs. Trekas
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Crying I love it so much. Jason Reynolds is definitely my favorite author right now
Rachel Polacek
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Inspiring and motivating - I love how Jason Reynold gets at the heart of how messy dreams can be. How we don't always understand it, or know what we're doing, but we just have to keep jumping.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Is he superhuman? Who is his editor? Does he even need an editor? Why waste money on other authors when you can put your money on anything Reynolds writes?

Gosh, this quick verse inspires anyone because it's for everyone. Everyone who ever had a doubt. No one knows the answers to all the questions or life, but you can try and work at it and it'll still be okay.

The formatting is spot on, the font choices and placement on the page is visually appealing and Reynolds' words drip with inspiration, e
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to anna by: Library
Shelves: wishlist, poetry
if you haven't read anything by jason reynolds, start with For Everyone.

if you enjoy poetry, read For Everyone.

if you're a dreamer, read For Everyone.

if you need hope, read For Everyone.

my favorite poems:

(pg. 28)
All of us out here,
slumped over wearing
weird fake
broken smiles,
trying to avoid the truth:

(pg. 43)
the voice that
delivers the
loudest whispers
of what you envision never silences.
That it never cowers behind fear
and expectations that other people
strap to you
Colona Public Library
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read Jason Reynolds other book "Long Way Down" and absolutely loved it. So, when I saw that he published another Young Adult Novel, I could not wait to get my hands on it. This was written similarly and it was an inspirational read. It was only a hundred pages so it was a quick read. Perfect for teenagers who don't want to commit their time to reading. This was such a great book to read for anyone who is feeling lost and needs some direction in life. There were so many quotable prose in this b ...more
•°• gabs •°•
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
loved it!
Michele Knott
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How does he do it?
Every word matters.
May 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I think a lot of people will find this one super inspiring. I like how JR reflects on his own life (goals) and he definitely has a talent for words, but this poem, its just not really for me. I picked it up because I absolutely love "Long Way Down", but Im not into motivational speeches. I have my flaws and maybe one of them is my idfc- attitude, so Im very sorry, this book didnt do anything for me.

Still, I appreciate this work of art. Its great and you should read it.
Stefani Sloma
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful. I am constantly in awe of Jason and his ridiculous talent. This one is for anyone who's ever dreamed, hoped, strived for more. So perfect.
Kacie Pickford
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes this book was mighty fast. But most people can relate to what Jason is righting about. This book took me about twenty minutes to read but it was definitely reading, it was inspiring to me. I gave this book a four out of five because I mean honestly the book could have been a little longer, The person that would probably like this is a person who likes poetry and fast reads.
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“Your dream is the mole
behind your ear,
that chip in your
front tooth,
your freckles.
It's the thing that makes
you special,
but not the thing that makes
you great.
The courage in trying,
the passion in living,
and the acknowledgement
and appreciation of
the beauty happening around
you does that.”
“Dreams don't have timelines, deadlines, and aren't always in straight lines.” 1 likes
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