Length: 4 hrs., 01 mins.
I once snapped this tweet from Twitter not knowing if I’d ever be able to stick it into a post. I can finally say that I can. Kwame Alexander did an interview with NPR and Alexander tells us the best way to get kids to want to read:
I didn’t know if I would like this book, but my mind has been changed! Kwame Alexander paints a beautiful narration as he tells the story of a teenage boy who lives the life most kids can’t even imagine for themselves. However, it comes with a price.
Blade Morrison is the son of a rockstar. With this life comes a lifestyle that nobody can dream of. And after dealing with years of stress and conflict from his father’s alcohol and drug addiction, the straw that snapped Blade’s last nerve was when his father comes to the football field riding in on a motorcycle completely inebriated to Blade’s graduation and stealing the spotlight that was supposed to shine on Blade that day.
From then on it was like Blade was dealing with ounce of weight on his shoulders, and during another argument with his family he’s pushed to his knees when his sister, Storm, blurts out that he’s adopted. Nearly eighteen and he’s finding out that he’s adopted. Fortunately, his mother, Lucy, is alive and is doing work in a rural village in Ghana, Africa.
With just few months before he left for college, Blade cuts his loses with everybody at home, and he takes the most life altering trip to find his mother. Find the truth. Realize the beauty that he’d been missing while living in his father’s shadow.
I really enjoyed this story, even with the super heartbreaking ending – I thought it was. Blade’s story is about facing your demons, and realize that they may not be as bad as you think, and coming to terms with the struggles of life. I liked this version, rather than reading it, was the fact it came with a soundtrack. The music inserted throughout the book was lovely and made the story endearing, and at the end they replayed all of the songs 🙂