Blade Morrison is the immensely talented son of washed-up Hollywood rock star royalty Rutherford Morrison. He’s always had everything – penthouse luxury, exclusive prep schools, his Van Halen Frankenstrat guitar. Everything except the things he wants – for his dad to be there for him, and his mom to still be alive.
When his dad shows up at his high school graduation and crashes into the stage on a motorcycle right before Blade is about to perform his salutatorian speech/guitar solo, he’s done. Done with waiting for rehab to work and sobriety to win out over the drugs and the excess and the rock and roll life. Done with the paparazzi hounding his family’s every move. Done with being a Morrison. But it’s when Blade finds his long-time girlfriend, his muse, his beloved Chapel, kissing another guy, that he decides he’s done with music.
Just when Blade doesn’t think his life can take any more hits, older sister Storm reveals a long-buried family secret, and everything changes. Blade now not only doesn’t know where’s going, he doesn’t know where he came from or who he is. With his world shattered into pieces around him, he decides to do the only thing he can do – hop a plane to Ghana, Africa in search of his past and his future.
Newbery Award-winning author Kwame Alexander brings us another incredible novel in verse that will pull at your heart and sing to your soul. A story about all the things that connect us in the wake of loss, tragedy, anger, sadness, and the presence of great love, Blade’s journey won’t soon leave you. Rich with music and vibrating with life, Solo practically hummed in my hands while I was reading it. Instead of writing more, I’m going to let Blade finish up this recommendation with one of his own poems:
We are the sum
of moving parts
and adjustable hearts.