Solo by Kwame Alexander


When the heart gets lost, let the music find you.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. The one true light is his girlfriend, Chapel, but her parents have forbidden their relationship, assuming—like many...

Details Solo

Release DateJul 25th, 2017
GenrePoetry, Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Music, Fiction

Reviews Solo

  • HFK
    The whole time I was reading Solo, I was thinking someone extremely talented, sexy and beautiful. Thinking was not enough though, I had to blast this extremely talented, sexy and beautiful out of my speakers with an addition of extra bass.That is probably due to all the Lenny Kravitz references Solo has that makes me picture our main character Blade Morrison as younger version of Lenny. And that ain't a bad thing. I mean is there anyone who does ...
  • Kate Olson
    Thank you to the #kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. SOLO is a rip-through-the-pages, can't-put-it-down poetic YA masterpiece. Told in text messages, song lyrics and conversations in verse, it tells the story of an alcoholic and addict rock star's son. Blade has been burned by his father time after time and is still actively mourning the death of his mother years before, when he receives life-changi...
  • Sesana
    Nicely written, but. Blade is every bit as self-absorbed as his parents, and never quite seems to realize that, even though it sucks that his mother is dead and his father is an addict, he's also privileged in that he has enough money to have virtually unlimited options in life and, more importantly, a family who is as loving and supportive as they are damaged. There's also a bit of a believability problem when it comes to his family secret: his ...
  • Amanda
    4.5 stars. This was fantastic. I highly recommend the audio (available on hoopla) read/sung by the author.
  • Bridget
    Kwame Alexander has a thing, poem (or in this case lyric) packed books with particular appeal to teenage boys. That is such a wonderful thing! The boys at my school lap up his books, he writes sport so beautifully and he has such great things to say to his audience, thing like, you can be great even if you are not the greatest at this one thing, it is ok to show weakness, you don't have to be That Guy all the time - you can be you and it will be ...
  • Kim Clifton
    I think what gets me in Kwame Alexander's books is how relatable the characters are, even if their lives and interests are completely different from mine. This book, however, had characters who were so outlandish I found it hard to even want to care about them. I understand that the book is about Blade's self-discovery, but does he really need to travel halfway across the world to realize he's got a good thing at home? His sister calls him out on...
  • Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
    Blade Morrison has reached a pivotal point in his life. He's graduating from high school, about to turn eighteen and has his whole life in front of him But with a famous father who is always in the media and a girlfriend whose parents can't stand you, it's hard to find your place. When Blade discovers something about his past, it will change his future forever. Set on two continents, inspired by rock and roll, and written in poetic verse Solo is ...
  • Amy Nicole
    This book was all over the place, just like my feelings towards it. I loved The Crossover, but this book seemed to be overly dramatic with the plot. I didn't connect with these characters much at all because they felt much more like caricatures instead of genuine people. Positives & Negatives - + I love the way real songs are scattered throughout the book. I pulled them up and listened to them while reading and it made for a really interesting ex...
  • Patrick
    Loved it. Prose. Poetic. Beautiful. A son. A father. Rock and Roll. Addiction. Africa. Finding home and family...
  • Amanda - Cover2CoverMom
    Feelings in a few thoughts: YA book in poetic verse ¤ the writing in parts of this book were absolutely stunning, but not as much in others - made the flow of the book feel messy ¤ I feel like this book would be appealing to teenage boys - which isn't always easy to do ¤ I enjoyed the second half of the book much more than the first - especially when Blade arrives in Ghana ¤ really enjoyed how rock music is such a big part of the book ¤ aud...