For Everyone

For Everyone

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...

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For Everyone Reviews

  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)

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    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

    This review originally appeared on

    .

    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 measured and thoughtful. His language has a way of evoking real emotions. By the second “chapter,” I was crying uncontrollably because these words hit me so close to home. For Every One is a love letter to dreamers of all ages, the kind of book you hold tight and return to when things look bleak. The overriding theme is: keep going. keep going. keep going. I can’t wait to buy this for all of my friends as graduation gifts this year. Seriously, this one is a must-read.

  • ❇Critterbee

    Beautiful. Everyone would benefit from reading this letter/poem of dreaming and jumping and persisting and accepting.

    Jason Reynolds, I love you.

    *eARC Netgalley*

  • Aliza Werner

    A letter to himself. A letter to the dreamers. Jason Reynolds setting words on fire...per usual.

  • Melissa ~ Missy (FrayedBooks)

    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;

    He speaks to the drea

    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;

    He speaks to the dreamers and to not give up. But it’s more than that.

    Everyone sets these preplanned goals for themselves such as, “By this age, I will have accomplished this much” and when you don’t accomplish that, you feel like a failure. Jason let’s us know that isn’t the case. You can’t compare yourself to somebody else’s goals or accomplishments. You can only compare yourself to you. There is no right or wrong way, no age limit, nothing stopping you from achieving your dream but your own self doubt.

    This piece is so inspirational I’m tempted to quote every other line – but that would defeat the purpose of you experiencing this for yourself.

    The language he uses is so raw and real. He uses colloquial speech – he isn’t using big fancy words. He’s using words we all hear in speak in our everyday life, if you’re rich or poor, black or white or somewhere in between – everyone can understand his words. That’s one of the things I love about Jason’s writing – it’s easy to understand, but the way he weaves the words together and makes metaphors – wow. It hits you. You never realized how powerful words could be.

    This is the third piece I’m reading that Jason Reynolds has written and I will officially read anything and everything this man writes from now until forever. I am in love with his writing and if you have never read anything by Jason Reynolds, please do yourself a favor and pick something up – I’ve read For Every One, Long Way Down, and All American Boys – highly recommend ALL of those!

    If you’re feeling like you will never accomplish your dreams – give this a read or listen. Listen to Jason’s words. They will give you hope you didn’t know you had.

    The audiobook has an extended excerpt of Jason speaking about writing this and how it was almost a bow out to himself – saying, you tried, but you failed.

  • Danielle

    A letter of encouragement for dreamers, and for anyone thinking of giving up on a dream.

  • Kate

    Jason flipping Reynolds!

  • Whitney Atkinson

    3.5 Stars

    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

    3.5 Stars

    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 font and spacing.

    The only disconnect I had from this is that it's pretty surface-level. I'm sure to teens this book will be empowering, but I've read books and seen TEDTalks that are much more in depth than this. I give this book a lot of credit because I know Reynolds' story and I respect him so much as a person and what he's been through and what his writing stands for, and I know that his fans will find some great inspiration in this book, but it just wasn't groundbreaking to me.

  • 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

    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. He seems to be one who has taken up the torch held by Walter Dean Myers.

    I was looking for a video version, haven’t found it yet, but did find this similarly themed one:

    Letter to a Dreamer:

    Here is Reynolds on poetry:

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    Simply inspiring! Jason Reynolds is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine.

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