✨Solo by Alexander Kwame with Mary Rand Hess
Thanks to the #kidlitexchange network for the free review copy of the book - all opinions are my own.
Alexander and Hess have written a phenomenal book. As I was expecting, I was pulled into the story from the very beginning, where the reader is tossed right into the middle of Blade’s life. There’s a lot of emotion in his story, and I love that the shape and sound of the writing add to that.
The short lines and stanzas used in poetic verse force the reader to pause and hear the words in a way that is different from standard prose, allowing for more emphasis and emotional impact. Personally, I feel that this also causes the authors to choose their words more carefully, and in the case of Solo it allowed for some really beautiful phrasing despite the heavy topics being discussed.
I definitely think that this book is going to resonate with teen readers. Everything about it packs a solid punch. And I think it has the potential to open some eyes to the wider world of poetry and show how powerful it can be as a form of storytelling.
Highly recommend. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️