Solo

Solo

eBook - 2017
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A novel in verse tells the story of 17-year-old Blade Morrison, who endeavors to resolve painful issues from his past to navigate the challenges of his former rock-star father's addictions, scathing tabloid rumors and a protected secret that threatens his own identity. By the Newbery Medal-winning author of The Crossover. Simultaneous eBook.

Zondervan House

New York Times bestseller!

Blade never asked for a life of the rich and famous. In fact, he’d give anything not to be the son of Rutherford Morrison, a washed-up rock star and drug addict with delusions of a comeback. Or to no longer be part of a family known most for lost potential, failure, and tragedy, including the loss of his mother. The one true light is his girlfriend, Chapel, but her parents have forbidden their relationship, assuming Blade will become just like his father.

In reality, the only thing Blade and Rutherford have in common is the music that lives inside them. And songwriting is all Blade has left after Rutherford, while drunk, crashes his high school graduation speech and effectively rips Chapel away forever. But when a long-held family secret comes to light, the music disappears. In its place is a letter, one that could bring Blade the freedom and love he’s been searching for, or leave him feeling even more adrift.

“A contemporary hero’s journey, brilliantly told.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A rhythmic, impassioned ode to family, identity, and the history of rock and roll.” —Booklist, starred review

“Many readers will identify with Blade’s struggle to find his place in a family where he feels like an outsider.” —Publishers Weekly

“The authentic character development and tone will strike a chord with young adults.” —School Library Journal


From award-winning and bestselling author Kwame Alexander comes Solo, the story of seventeen-year-old Blade Morrison who is being crushed between the scathing tabloids exposing his former rock-star-father’s addictions and a protected secret that threatens his own identity. The answers to his past and future change everything he thought to be true.
From award-winning and bestselling author Kwame Alexander comes Solo, the story of seventeen-year-old Blade Morrison who is being crushed between scathing tabloids exposing his former rock-star-father’s addictions and a protected secret that threatens his own identity. The answers to his past and future change everything he thought to be true.

Publisher: Grand Rapids :, Blink,, 2017
ISBN: 9780310761907
Characteristics: text file,rda
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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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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