For Everyone by Jason Reynolds is a great addition to middle and high school classroom libraries or a mentor text for high school poetry units. I received an Advance Reader’s Copy of this novel as part of a YA Blogger promotion from Simon & Schuster Canada. All opinions are my own, and I was not additionally compensated for this post beyond the complimentary novel. This blog post contains affiliate links which are of no cost to the reader. If you make a purchase through the provided links this blog will receive a small commission to help with the financial costs of maintaining the site.
For Everyone by Jason Reynolds is written in an engaging poetry format. Jason provides input on growing up through his personal reflections. He admits in this book his feelings about life at different ages and how he felt that by that age he should have “made” it and have it all figured out.
For Everyone is best suited for high school classrooms. I am not sure middle school students would appreciate all of the important messages and lessons being shared. This would be a great mentor text in a poetry unit or as a stand-alone novel for a novel study. It is written in an easy to read letter format, which will engage students immediately upon opening the novel. I think it is important that students hear from real life successful people who did not have it all figured out right away and that success takes time – it is not an instant process as many believe. In today’s world of instant stardom and success via social media, it is very important that Jason’s message in this novel be shared.