Well, I need to learn to read it seems. When I grabbed “Solo” for review, I didn't read the full blurb and details. I didn't see where it said this book was in poetic style. Go me! Well, I am kind of glad I didn't see that this was written like that. For the simple fact, I would have run for the hills. This book written in poetic format, but in a pretty good way.

I have to say that “Solo” is an absorbing read. Each page flows off the page. It’s easy to understand and gives you a story that is both a song and a journey to find yourself.

I'm not sure how to review this for the characters. Blade was pretty well formed. This wasn't a really fast read, but the pacing was splendid. Parts of it actually sounded like it needed some music in the background and others just sounded so deeply written that I couldn't put it down.

Go into this book knowing that the book is in Poetic style. But don’t let that put you off. This is a great book.

Book Blurb for Solo

From award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander, with Mary Rand Hess, comes Solo, a YA novel written in poetic verse. Solo tells the story of seventeen-year-old Blade Morrison, who knows the life of a rock star isn’t really about the glitz and glamour. All the new cars and money in the world can’t make up for the scathing tabloid covers or the fact that his father is struggling with just about every addiction under the sun—including a desperate desire to make a comeback and regain his former fame. Haunted by memories of his mother—who died when Blade was nine—and the ruin his father’s washed-up legacy and life have brought to the family, Blade is left to figure out life on his own. But, he’s not all alone: He’s got the friendship of a jazz-musician mentor, Robert; the secret love of a girlfriend, Chapel; and his music. All may not be well in the Morrison home, but things are looking up for Blade, until he discovers a deeply protected family secret—one that further threatens his relationship with his family and has him questioning his own identity. Thrown into a tailspin, Blade decides the only way he will understand his past and begin his future is to find out the truth behind the music and himself. He soon sets out on a journey that will change everything he thought to be true. His quest lands him in Ghana, stuck in a village just shy of where answers to the secret can be found. There, Blade discovers a friendship he couldn’t have imagined, a people founded in family and community, and a reconciliation he never expected.

With his signature intricacy, intimacy, and poetic style, Kwame Alexander explores what it means to finally come home.

Solo features a stunning dust jacket with embossing and gloss.

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2017 4.00