It is a mix between the heart and the soul. You have to read this
It was such a good book. I followed along with the songs that the chapters were named after. Their father and son relationship is much like my mother and mine and it was so refreshing to see this in a masculine since. The message of forgiveness and understanding your parents was so strong. I got the book from a blog post saying "If you like this album you'll love this book". And it was in relation to Drake Nothing Was The Same.
I listened to this as an audiobook. I couldn't personally connect with the character's life or struggles very much, but the book is written in such a powerful, soulful way that I was able to feel the emotions. I'm not sure how realistic all of the plot is, and I was not a fan of the music that was in the recording. But overall, it was a quick read with very beautiful language and raw emotion.
A boy whose music and whose identity are closely intertwined. Listen to the audiobook to hear acoustic versions of the songs!
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.
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.
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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