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Getting “Booked” on Poetry: Mesmerized by Kwame Alexander and His Prose (Book Review)

YA Poetry Was Not My Thing

Not a bit poetry fan? Sometimes, to get more aquatinted, you need something that jumps right off the page. Although it should speak for itself, a new type of book can be the thing that opens up your world. Critical acclaim isn’t bad either. If you stray from Young Adult because it can’t have any real content, then you haven’t read any YA books in a while. To express heavy themes in an approachable way is something YA authors have to do, and Kwame Alexander has made this seem so easy.

Soccer Over Sonnets

I didn’t know anything about Kwame Alexander before I met him at #Bookfest 2016. He was featured prominently in the promotional materials and once you hear him speak or read his work, you’ll understand why. He creates literary events and workshops. He visits schools and prisons. Really, he’s an all-around nice guy. He even took a few minutes to talk to me, a nobody girl with a blog.


Booked by Kwame Alexander

Having written “a plethora” of books, his most recent release is Booked, a YA novel told in verse. It’s Nick’s last year of middle school he’s hit with the biggest change he’s ever encountered. Caught between his love of soccer and his dad’s love of words, he must navigate this new part of his life without completely falling apart. Booked is a mix of clever writing told through a confident but troubled perspective of boyhood, blackness, and bookishness.

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I am an educator, lover of all things information, and a frequent user of parallel construction. I live in Los Angeles with my husband and two children. I have a Masters in Teaching, a Bachelor degree in Humanities and one in Philosophy, and I'm the Assistant Director for a local nonprofit. Together we can explore Blackness in America, one book at a time. I can't wait to connect with you.

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