Blade is a rock star’s son, whose father just doesn’t seem to be able to hold it together, not even for one of the biggest days of Blade’s life. But at least he has Chapel, his girlfriend who is a salve for his crazy life, even if her parents don’t approve of their relationship. But soon, a family secret comes out and Blade is forced to be his own salve. Sick of the screw-ups and scandals, he leaves his drug-addicted father, his enabling sister and his fickle girlfriend behind to find a piece of himself in Ghana. Told in verse, ‘Solo’ moved really quickly, and felt more like reading prose after the first third of the book. Loved the theme of a young man with a larger-than-life father, trying to find his own way and his own voice. Recommended. A great read for those in their early teens who think they don’t like to read.