Solo

Solo

Book - 2017
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Seventeen-year-old Blade, who endeavors to resolve painful issues from his past to navigate the challenges of his former rockstar father's addictions, scathing tabloid rumors, and a protected secret that threatens his own identity
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : Blink, [2017]
ISBN: 9780310761839
Branch Call Number: YF Alex
Characteristics: 458 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Hess, Mary Rand - Author

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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Nov 01, 2017

This is another great Kwame Alexander book. Blade is constantly frustrated by his famous musician father, and hopes to finally make a name for himself when he graduates from high school. Blade is overshadowed by just about everyone in his life, but also has a lot of opportunities that other high ... Read More »


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darladoodles
Feb 26, 2018

After reading Crossover and Booked I have become a fan of Kwame Alexander's writing. This book about Blade Morrison's epic journey to find himself does not disappoint. There is rock 'n roll history, a family mystery, world travelling and more. You might just need your tissues handy like I did. Highly recommended.

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PinesandPrejudice
Jan 13, 2018

A unique book with a sincere and heartfelt story. This book was a journey and I was along for the ride.

I will be honest -- I don't like books written in verse. This is why during our #TBRTakeover that Alyson put SOLO on my list. I was pleasantly surprised and inspired to read more books written in verse.

I had no idea what this book was about going into it and I think that made it all the better. I was surprised at the direction of the plot, the twists and turns. Not like a thriller, but a journey. The struggle between Blade and his father, Blade and his past, Blade and Chapel...I bought into all of it. The only reason it's not a five stars for me was I struggled at a lot of points with how obsessive Blade was with his relationship and he was whiney about it at points. It was the least interesting part of the story for me, but I believe it added to some of Blade's weaknesses as a 17 year old male. It was realistic and agonizing at points. But truly a story about self discovery which I enjoyed.

Finally, if you are going to pick up this book LISTEN TO THE AUDIOBOOK. It's read by Kwame Alexander and the songs Blade writes are actually sung on the audiobook. It enhances the entire story and the reading experience.

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Nov 01, 2017

This is another great Kwame Alexander book. Blade is constantly frustrated by his famous musician father, and hopes to finally make a name for himself when he graduates from high school. Blade is overshadowed by just about everyone in his life, but also has a lot of opportunities that other high school seniors don't have. The story takes an unexpected turn halfway through, and Blade gets his wish to leave. However, he still can't escape his father's shadow. The language in the book captures the different settings and evokes the music that permeates the story.

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