author of young adult novels
Jason Reynolds (born December 6, 1983) is an American author who writes young adult novels and poetry.
- My uncle used to say that the good books begin with “… and shots rang out.” Shots rang out is a cliché, but what he meant is that no one has time for you to get us to the minefield. Drop us in the midfield in the beginning. Drop us off in the mix and you can move backward and forward from there. End in the mix. Don’t answer any questions. Leave me in the muck at the end, too. There can be less muck, but all the loose ends shouldn’t be tied up. There should be something unreconciled. That’s life. Nobody’s life is tied up in a bow. Stories that end in a bow are kind of disrespectful to the reader. If you want your story to be compelling, let it fade to black without reconciliation.
- On creating a satisfying beginning and ending in “Sunny Author Jason Reynolds on Writing, Publishing and Advice for New Writers” in Writer’s Digest (2018 Jul 20)
- …And I just remember the pain – the pain of the lost friend but also the pain of meeting a part of myself that I didn’t know existed. A part of myself that could lose control to the point where I could commit a murder. That’s a very human thing. I think that most of us don’t ever meet that part of ourselves that exists within all of us. This rage that, when triggered, will cause you to do things that you don’t necessarily understand that you’re doing.
- On wanting to exact revenge for the murder of a friend in “Jason Reynolds: ‘What’s unusual about my story is that I became a writer’” in The Guardian (2018 Aug 4)
- …Young people – especially young men – it’s not that they hate reading, it’s that they hate boredom. So my thing was: I need to write a story that is interesting, that is gripping, that can connect to them and their experiences, and write something that’s not very intimidating, because there’s so much white space.
- On keeping young people interested in reading in “Jason Reynolds: ‘What’s unusual about my story is that I became a writer’” in The Guardian (2018 Aug 4)
- It's hard to be what you can't see.
- On becoming a writer despite the lack of role models in “How a kid who didn’t read a book until he was 17 grew up to become a literary star” in Washington Post (2017 Oct 23)