Swing

Swing

Things usually do not go as planned for seventeen-year-old Noah. He and his best friend Walt (aka Swing) have been cut from the high school baseball team for the third year in a row, and it looks like Noah?s love interest since third grade, Sam, will never take it past the ?best friend? zone. Noah would love to retire his bat and accept the status quo, but Walt has big pla Things usually do not go as planned for seventeen-year-old Noah. He and his best friend Walt (aka Swing) have been ...

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Title:Swing
Author:Kwame Alexander
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:0310761913
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:448 pages pages

Swing Reviews

  • Whitney
    Sep 05, 2018

    3.5 stars for this one, much to love but also much that could have been left out for the story to come alive more. The ending while heart wrenching came out of nowhere and seemed like it didn?t fit. It will be interesting to see how my students react to this one. ...

    I just finished listening to the audiobook, and if you have the chance to do the same, I highly recommend it! Author Kwame Alexander reads it himself and brings the story to life, and I loved the jazz music played in between chapters. I am still in a state of shock from the heartbreaki...

    Kwame Alexander is a gift to YA literature. He brings readers like me, a middle aged white adult, to a world I know only from the media, making me feel like I was part of Noah?s community. For teenage YA readers, his books have wider appeal, including for reluctant readers who have y...

    Music, art, poetry, baseball, love, and war make this YA novel in verse unique. Noah has been in love with one of his best friends for a while, and he is inspired to start creating found art love poems for her after finding some love letters from the 60s. His other best friend Walt, ak...

    Swing is one of those novels that you won't soon forget. While I really enjoy novels told in verse form, I can't say that I've gotten lost in the story quite as much as I did here. The development of the story is slow but thoughtful, helping you to fully connect to all the characters i...

    This book had a lot going against it for my particular reading tastes: I rarely like YA that is focused a lot on romance, I rarely like verse novels that aren?t based on a highly tense/ emotional plots (this novel has emotional events but the story itself isn?t that emotional), and...

    This is One of those times that I Realize Some books that Are written in verse Would be way More powerful and Less disjointed narratives If they were In another Format. The forced Ending Didn't help matters With my rating. ...

    Have you ever been best friends with someone but you really want to move past the friend zone into something more? Noah, Walt, and Sam have been best friends for as long as they can remember. Noah has feelings for Sam that go way past the best friend zone, but Sam only has eyes for the...

    They do it again!! I?m always amazed that Kwame & Mary evoke such depth of emotion from so few words. This book is full of memorable characters and will leave you changed. At one point in the story I did think there were too many plot points happening that diluted the stor...

    Took me some time to get the back and forth of dialogue in verse, especially when more than 2 characters were involved. A bit of a slow start, but once invested in the characters, I finished this book quickly. Not my favorite Kwame Alexander. The ending was BAM. ...

    3.5 ? 3.5 ?? ...more ...

    unfortunately couldn't really get into this one ...

    The poetic rhythm and the figurative language in this story are amazing. It was so enjoyable to read all of the fun facts and allusions that are included. The combination of jazz, baseball, and poetry made for a fascinating mix in this story of friendship and love. However, the overall...

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I can't even tell you guys how excited I was to get an ARC of this one. I ADORE Kwame Alexander's work, and I wasn't disappointed. Swing is one part romance, one part coming-of-age, one part social comment...

    Newbery Award winner, Kwame Alexander, along with Mary Rand Hess has written and illustrated an awesome realistic fiction novel about the intersections of baseball, jazz, life and love. Noah and Walt have been friends since grade school. Walt (Swing) is crazy about baseball and jazz; N...

    Swing is both a hit and a miss for me. The narrative tended to focus more on the things I didn't care as much for (Noah's crush on Sam primarily) and not on the things I really loved - namely Swing and taking about music and art. While Noah is rather bland in many respects, Swing was a...

    This was going to be a five-star book until the sudden ending. Walt is probably my favorite character Kwame Alexander has written? he?s hilarious, passionate, and speaks in motivational posters and tweet-sized obituaries. I liked seeing his impact on Noah and following their respec...

    **Book Review** Swing by Kwame Alexander Rating: ??? (3 Stars) -- Swing by Kwame Alexander is one of the books on my January TBR List. I had not heard of this book until I was browsing my local library's selection of audiobooks. I ran across this one and thought, "YES! This l...

    I had the opportunity to read Swing via NetGalley. I am a huge fan of Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess. I love what they offer the world through literature. I have read everything by Kwame and have loved it all. I am constantly amazed how beautifully he can express feelings and ideas...

    *If you can get a hold of the audiobook, I highly recommend it. This story is best heard from Kwame Alexander himself. (And the jazz cuts between chapters are lovely.) On the surface, Swing is another coming-of-age love story. Boy loves girl but girl has a boyfriend. Boy wants to te...

    I read an ARC via NetGalley. Kwame Alexander is a fabulous writer whose prose are intelligent and engaging. Walt (AKA Swing) and Noah are lovelorn high school boys who are passionate about many things, including baseball, jazz, art, and ladies. While neither boy is great at baseball, t...

    Virtuoso Kwame Alexander again reminds me that a flowery vocabulary isn't necessary to reach in and grab someone by their soul, force them to take note. This story of two teen boys trying to hug life and find cool is hilarious at times, infuriating at times, and arresting throughout, n...

    Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess have another hit on their hands. Noah and Walt are high school juniors who want to fit in. Walt has decided he is gong to make the varsity baseball team their senior year and works hard to make it happen. Noah is carrying a torch for his long-time bes...

    I don't know how Kwame / Mary do this? Pack so much into a book with few words. Nothing is lacking, not character development, not storyline, and definitely not emotion. This story schools us all in jazz, art, and life. We all need reminders to "Hug Life" and keep striving and working ...

    As much as I want to say this one "hit it out of the park," that is both a cliche and a bad pun for the book, but it really did. Kwame Alexander is such a poetic storyteller. He uses the format of writing in verse to tell the story, and while sports plays a role in each story, it's a s...

  • Kate
    Aug 14, 2018

    3.5 stars for this one, much to love but also much that could have been left out for the story to come alive more. The ending while heart wrenching came out of nowhere and seemed like it didn?t fit. It will be interesting to see how my students react to this one. ...

    I just finished listening to the audiobook, and if you have the chance to do the same, I highly recommend it! Author Kwame Alexander reads it himself and brings the story to life, and I loved the jazz music played in between chapters. I am still in a state of shock from the heartbreaki...

    Kwame Alexander is a gift to YA literature. He brings readers like me, a middle aged white adult, to a world I know only from the media, making me feel like I was part of Noah?s community. For teenage YA readers, his books have wider appeal, including for reluctant readers who have y...

    Music, art, poetry, baseball, love, and war make this YA novel in verse unique. Noah has been in love with one of his best friends for a while, and he is inspired to start creating found art love poems for her after finding some love letters from the 60s. His other best friend Walt, ak...

    Swing is one of those novels that you won't soon forget. While I really enjoy novels told in verse form, I can't say that I've gotten lost in the story quite as much as I did here. The development of the story is slow but thoughtful, helping you to fully connect to all the characters i...

    This book had a lot going against it for my particular reading tastes: I rarely like YA that is focused a lot on romance, I rarely like verse novels that aren?t based on a highly tense/ emotional plots (this novel has emotional events but the story itself isn?t that emotional), and...

    This is One of those times that I Realize Some books that Are written in verse Would be way More powerful and Less disjointed narratives If they were In another Format. The forced Ending Didn't help matters With my rating. ...

    Have you ever been best friends with someone but you really want to move past the friend zone into something more? Noah, Walt, and Sam have been best friends for as long as they can remember. Noah has feelings for Sam that go way past the best friend zone, but Sam only has eyes for the...

    They do it again!! I?m always amazed that Kwame & Mary evoke such depth of emotion from so few words. This book is full of memorable characters and will leave you changed. At one point in the story I did think there were too many plot points happening that diluted the stor...

    Took me some time to get the back and forth of dialogue in verse, especially when more than 2 characters were involved. A bit of a slow start, but once invested in the characters, I finished this book quickly. Not my favorite Kwame Alexander. The ending was BAM. ...

    3.5 ? 3.5 ?? ...more ...

    unfortunately couldn't really get into this one ...

    The poetic rhythm and the figurative language in this story are amazing. It was so enjoyable to read all of the fun facts and allusions that are included. The combination of jazz, baseball, and poetry made for a fascinating mix in this story of friendship and love. However, the overall...

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I can't even tell you guys how excited I was to get an ARC of this one. I ADORE Kwame Alexander's work, and I wasn't disappointed. Swing is one part romance, one part coming-of-age, one part social comment...

    Newbery Award winner, Kwame Alexander, along with Mary Rand Hess has written and illustrated an awesome realistic fiction novel about the intersections of baseball, jazz, life and love. Noah and Walt have been friends since grade school. Walt (Swing) is crazy about baseball and jazz; N...

    Swing is both a hit and a miss for me. The narrative tended to focus more on the things I didn't care as much for (Noah's crush on Sam primarily) and not on the things I really loved - namely Swing and taking about music and art. While Noah is rather bland in many respects, Swing was a...

    This was going to be a five-star book until the sudden ending. Walt is probably my favorite character Kwame Alexander has written? he?s hilarious, passionate, and speaks in motivational posters and tweet-sized obituaries. I liked seeing his impact on Noah and following their respec...

    **Book Review** Swing by Kwame Alexander Rating: ??? (3 Stars) -- Swing by Kwame Alexander is one of the books on my January TBR List. I had not heard of this book until I was browsing my local library's selection of audiobooks. I ran across this one and thought, "YES! This l...

    I had the opportunity to read Swing via NetGalley. I am a huge fan of Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess. I love what they offer the world through literature. I have read everything by Kwame and have loved it all. I am constantly amazed how beautifully he can express feelings and ideas...

    *If you can get a hold of the audiobook, I highly recommend it. This story is best heard from Kwame Alexander himself. (And the jazz cuts between chapters are lovely.) On the surface, Swing is another coming-of-age love story. Boy loves girl but girl has a boyfriend. Boy wants to te...

    I read an ARC via NetGalley. Kwame Alexander is a fabulous writer whose prose are intelligent and engaging. Walt (AKA Swing) and Noah are lovelorn high school boys who are passionate about many things, including baseball, jazz, art, and ladies. While neither boy is great at baseball, t...

    Virtuoso Kwame Alexander again reminds me that a flowery vocabulary isn't necessary to reach in and grab someone by their soul, force them to take note. This story of two teen boys trying to hug life and find cool is hilarious at times, infuriating at times, and arresting throughout, n...

    Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess have another hit on their hands. Noah and Walt are high school juniors who want to fit in. Walt has decided he is gong to make the varsity baseball team their senior year and works hard to make it happen. Noah is carrying a torch for his long-time bes...

    I don't know how Kwame / Mary do this? Pack so much into a book with few words. Nothing is lacking, not character development, not storyline, and definitely not emotion. This story schools us all in jazz, art, and life. We all need reminders to "Hug Life" and keep striving and working ...

    As much as I want to say this one "hit it out of the park," that is both a cliche and a bad pun for the book, but it really did. Kwame Alexander is such a poetic storyteller. He uses the format of writing in verse to tell the story, and while sports plays a role in each story, it's a s...

    The story line felt really disjointed compared to his other stuff. The "plot" was scattered, the ending felt forced and unncessary kind of like it was trying to fit in with the "police violence / racial profiling / black lives matter" issues that have become more and more prevalent in ...

    Kwame Alexander hits it out of the ballpark again! I have not read a book of his that I haven't loved and this one does not disappoint. Add this book to your pre-order list today. This time around the background is baseball, but the story is really about friendships, first love, fa...

    My first Kwame Alexander book, and I was impressed cover to cover; word for word. His writing is quite lyrical. His dialogue is hilarious and realistic for teenagers. His characters are engaging and his plot twists are shocking and sad but with a life-affirming message. What a rema...

    This book took its time setting up the story and then ended more abruptly than I expected. In between those two things, I fell in love with Noah, Sam, and especially Swing. I can see how Swing might be interpreted as a pushy or overbearing character, but I found him to be funny and cha...

    Baseball, jazz, friendship, and crushes, what more could you want? I have read all of Kwame Alexander?s middle grade/YA fiction and this is another novel in verse. His themes of friendship and finding yourself are again present, this time with the background of baseball and jazz musi...

  • Keri
    Oct 09, 2018

    3.5 stars for this one, much to love but also much that could have been left out for the story to come alive more. The ending while heart wrenching came out of nowhere and seemed like it didn?t fit. It will be interesting to see how my students react to this one. ...

    I just finished listening to the audiobook, and if you have the chance to do the same, I highly recommend it! Author Kwame Alexander reads it himself and brings the story to life, and I loved the jazz music played in between chapters. I am still in a state of shock from the heartbreaki...

    Kwame Alexander is a gift to YA literature. He brings readers like me, a middle aged white adult, to a world I know only from the media, making me feel like I was part of Noah?s community. For teenage YA readers, his books have wider appeal, including for reluctant readers who have y...

    Music, art, poetry, baseball, love, and war make this YA novel in verse unique. Noah has been in love with one of his best friends for a while, and he is inspired to start creating found art love poems for her after finding some love letters from the 60s. His other best friend Walt, ak...

    Swing is one of those novels that you won't soon forget. While I really enjoy novels told in verse form, I can't say that I've gotten lost in the story quite as much as I did here. The development of the story is slow but thoughtful, helping you to fully connect to all the characters i...

    This book had a lot going against it for my particular reading tastes: I rarely like YA that is focused a lot on romance, I rarely like verse novels that aren?t based on a highly tense/ emotional plots (this novel has emotional events but the story itself isn?t that emotional), and...

    This is One of those times that I Realize Some books that Are written in verse Would be way More powerful and Less disjointed narratives If they were In another Format. The forced Ending Didn't help matters With my rating. ...

    Have you ever been best friends with someone but you really want to move past the friend zone into something more? Noah, Walt, and Sam have been best friends for as long as they can remember. Noah has feelings for Sam that go way past the best friend zone, but Sam only has eyes for the...

    They do it again!! I?m always amazed that Kwame & Mary evoke such depth of emotion from so few words. This book is full of memorable characters and will leave you changed. At one point in the story I did think there were too many plot points happening that diluted the stor...

    Took me some time to get the back and forth of dialogue in verse, especially when more than 2 characters were involved. A bit of a slow start, but once invested in the characters, I finished this book quickly. Not my favorite Kwame Alexander. The ending was BAM. ...

    3.5 ? 3.5 ?? ...more ...

    unfortunately couldn't really get into this one ...

    The poetic rhythm and the figurative language in this story are amazing. It was so enjoyable to read all of the fun facts and allusions that are included. The combination of jazz, baseball, and poetry made for a fascinating mix in this story of friendship and love. However, the overall...

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I can't even tell you guys how excited I was to get an ARC of this one. I ADORE Kwame Alexander's work, and I wasn't disappointed. Swing is one part romance, one part coming-of-age, one part social comment...

    Newbery Award winner, Kwame Alexander, along with Mary Rand Hess has written and illustrated an awesome realistic fiction novel about the intersections of baseball, jazz, life and love. Noah and Walt have been friends since grade school. Walt (Swing) is crazy about baseball and jazz; N...

    Swing is both a hit and a miss for me. The narrative tended to focus more on the things I didn't care as much for (Noah's crush on Sam primarily) and not on the things I really loved - namely Swing and taking about music and art. While Noah is rather bland in many respects, Swing was a...

    This was going to be a five-star book until the sudden ending. Walt is probably my favorite character Kwame Alexander has written? he?s hilarious, passionate, and speaks in motivational posters and tweet-sized obituaries. I liked seeing his impact on Noah and following their respec...

    **Book Review** Swing by Kwame Alexander Rating: ??? (3 Stars) -- Swing by Kwame Alexander is one of the books on my January TBR List. I had not heard of this book until I was browsing my local library's selection of audiobooks. I ran across this one and thought, "YES! This l...

    I had the opportunity to read Swing via NetGalley. I am a huge fan of Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess. I love what they offer the world through literature. I have read everything by Kwame and have loved it all. I am constantly amazed how beautifully he can express feelings and ideas...

  • Laurie
    Sep 15, 2018

    3.5 stars for this one, much to love but also much that could have been left out for the story to come alive more. The ending while heart wrenching came out of nowhere and seemed like it didn?t fit. It will be interesting to see how my students react to this one. ...

    I just finished listening to the audiobook, and if you have the chance to do the same, I highly recommend it! Author Kwame Alexander reads it himself and brings the story to life, and I loved the jazz music played in between chapters. I am still in a state of shock from the heartbreaki...

    Kwame Alexander is a gift to YA literature. He brings readers like me, a middle aged white adult, to a world I know only from the media, making me feel like I was part of Noah?s community. For teenage YA readers, his books have wider appeal, including for reluctant readers who have y...

    Music, art, poetry, baseball, love, and war make this YA novel in verse unique. Noah has been in love with one of his best friends for a while, and he is inspired to start creating found art love poems for her after finding some love letters from the 60s. His other best friend Walt, ak...

    Swing is one of those novels that you won't soon forget. While I really enjoy novels told in verse form, I can't say that I've gotten lost in the story quite as much as I did here. The development of the story is slow but thoughtful, helping you to fully connect to all the characters i...

    This book had a lot going against it for my particular reading tastes: I rarely like YA that is focused a lot on romance, I rarely like verse novels that aren?t based on a highly tense/ emotional plots (this novel has emotional events but the story itself isn?t that emotional), and...

    This is One of those times that I Realize Some books that Are written in verse Would be way More powerful and Less disjointed narratives If they were In another Format. The forced Ending Didn't help matters With my rating. ...

    Have you ever been best friends with someone but you really want to move past the friend zone into something more? Noah, Walt, and Sam have been best friends for as long as they can remember. Noah has feelings for Sam that go way past the best friend zone, but Sam only has eyes for the...

  • Becky R.
    Oct 29, 2018

    3.5 stars for this one, much to love but also much that could have been left out for the story to come alive more. The ending while heart wrenching came out of nowhere and seemed like it didn?t fit. It will be interesting to see how my students react to this one. ...

    I just finished listening to the audiobook, and if you have the chance to do the same, I highly recommend it! Author Kwame Alexander reads it himself and brings the story to life, and I loved the jazz music played in between chapters. I am still in a state of shock from the heartbreaki...

    Kwame Alexander is a gift to YA literature. He brings readers like me, a middle aged white adult, to a world I know only from the media, making me feel like I was part of Noah?s community. For teenage YA readers, his books have wider appeal, including for reluctant readers who have y...

    Music, art, poetry, baseball, love, and war make this YA novel in verse unique. Noah has been in love with one of his best friends for a while, and he is inspired to start creating found art love poems for her after finding some love letters from the 60s. His other best friend Walt, ak...

    Swing is one of those novels that you won't soon forget. While I really enjoy novels told in verse form, I can't say that I've gotten lost in the story quite as much as I did here. The development of the story is slow but thoughtful, helping you to fully connect to all the characters i...

  • Maureen
    Aug 18, 2018

    3.5 stars for this one, much to love but also much that could have been left out for the story to come alive more. The ending while heart wrenching came out of nowhere and seemed like it didn?t fit. It will be interesting to see how my students react to this one. ...

    I just finished listening to the audiobook, and if you have the chance to do the same, I highly recommend it! Author Kwame Alexander reads it himself and brings the story to life, and I loved the jazz music played in between chapters. I am still in a state of shock from the heartbreaki...

    Kwame Alexander is a gift to YA literature. He brings readers like me, a middle aged white adult, to a world I know only from the media, making me feel like I was part of Noah?s community. For teenage YA readers, his books have wider appeal, including for reluctant readers who have y...

    Music, art, poetry, baseball, love, and war make this YA novel in verse unique. Noah has been in love with one of his best friends for a while, and he is inspired to start creating found art love poems for her after finding some love letters from the 60s. His other best friend Walt, ak...

    Swing is one of those novels that you won't soon forget. While I really enjoy novels told in verse form, I can't say that I've gotten lost in the story quite as much as I did here. The development of the story is slow but thoughtful, helping you to fully connect to all the characters i...

    This book had a lot going against it for my particular reading tastes: I rarely like YA that is focused a lot on romance, I rarely like verse novels that aren?t based on a highly tense/ emotional plots (this novel has emotional events but the story itself isn?t that emotional), and...

    This is One of those times that I Realize Some books that Are written in verse Would be way More powerful and Less disjointed narratives If they were In another Format. The forced Ending Didn't help matters With my rating. ...

    Have you ever been best friends with someone but you really want to move past the friend zone into something more? Noah, Walt, and Sam have been best friends for as long as they can remember. Noah has feelings for Sam that go way past the best friend zone, but Sam only has eyes for the...

    They do it again!! I?m always amazed that Kwame & Mary evoke such depth of emotion from so few words. This book is full of memorable characters and will leave you changed. At one point in the story I did think there were too many plot points happening that diluted the stor...

    Took me some time to get the back and forth of dialogue in verse, especially when more than 2 characters were involved. A bit of a slow start, but once invested in the characters, I finished this book quickly. Not my favorite Kwame Alexander. The ending was BAM. ...

    3.5 ? 3.5 ?? ...more ...

    unfortunately couldn't really get into this one ...

    The poetic rhythm and the figurative language in this story are amazing. It was so enjoyable to read all of the fun facts and allusions that are included. The combination of jazz, baseball, and poetry made for a fascinating mix in this story of friendship and love. However, the overall...

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I can't even tell you guys how excited I was to get an ARC of this one. I ADORE Kwame Alexander's work, and I wasn't disappointed. Swing is one part romance, one part coming-of-age, one part social comment...

    Newbery Award winner, Kwame Alexander, along with Mary Rand Hess has written and illustrated an awesome realistic fiction novel about the intersections of baseball, jazz, life and love. Noah and Walt have been friends since grade school. Walt (Swing) is crazy about baseball and jazz; N...

    Swing is both a hit and a miss for me. The narrative tended to focus more on the things I didn't care as much for (Noah's crush on Sam primarily) and not on the things I really loved - namely Swing and taking about music and art. While Noah is rather bland in many respects, Swing was a...

    This was going to be a five-star book until the sudden ending. Walt is probably my favorite character Kwame Alexander has written? he?s hilarious, passionate, and speaks in motivational posters and tweet-sized obituaries. I liked seeing his impact on Noah and following their respec...

    **Book Review** Swing by Kwame Alexander Rating: ??? (3 Stars) -- Swing by Kwame Alexander is one of the books on my January TBR List. I had not heard of this book until I was browsing my local library's selection of audiobooks. I ran across this one and thought, "YES! This l...

    I had the opportunity to read Swing via NetGalley. I am a huge fan of Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess. I love what they offer the world through literature. I have read everything by Kwame and have loved it all. I am constantly amazed how beautifully he can express feelings and ideas...

    *If you can get a hold of the audiobook, I highly recommend it. This story is best heard from Kwame Alexander himself. (And the jazz cuts between chapters are lovely.) On the surface, Swing is another coming-of-age love story. Boy loves girl but girl has a boyfriend. Boy wants to te...

    I read an ARC via NetGalley. Kwame Alexander is a fabulous writer whose prose are intelligent and engaging. Walt (AKA Swing) and Noah are lovelorn high school boys who are passionate about many things, including baseball, jazz, art, and ladies. While neither boy is great at baseball, t...

    Virtuoso Kwame Alexander again reminds me that a flowery vocabulary isn't necessary to reach in and grab someone by their soul, force them to take note. This story of two teen boys trying to hug life and find cool is hilarious at times, infuriating at times, and arresting throughout, n...

    Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess have another hit on their hands. Noah and Walt are high school juniors who want to fit in. Walt has decided he is gong to make the varsity baseball team their senior year and works hard to make it happen. Noah is carrying a torch for his long-time bes...

  • Daisey
    Oct 07, 2018

    3.5 stars for this one, much to love but also much that could have been left out for the story to come alive more. The ending while heart wrenching came out of nowhere and seemed like it didn?t fit. It will be interesting to see how my students react to this one. ...

    I just finished listening to the audiobook, and if you have the chance to do the same, I highly recommend it! Author Kwame Alexander reads it himself and brings the story to life, and I loved the jazz music played in between chapters. I am still in a state of shock from the heartbreaki...

    Kwame Alexander is a gift to YA literature. He brings readers like me, a middle aged white adult, to a world I know only from the media, making me feel like I was part of Noah?s community. For teenage YA readers, his books have wider appeal, including for reluctant readers who have y...

    Music, art, poetry, baseball, love, and war make this YA novel in verse unique. Noah has been in love with one of his best friends for a while, and he is inspired to start creating found art love poems for her after finding some love letters from the 60s. His other best friend Walt, ak...

    Swing is one of those novels that you won't soon forget. While I really enjoy novels told in verse form, I can't say that I've gotten lost in the story quite as much as I did here. The development of the story is slow but thoughtful, helping you to fully connect to all the characters i...

    This book had a lot going against it for my particular reading tastes: I rarely like YA that is focused a lot on romance, I rarely like verse novels that aren?t based on a highly tense/ emotional plots (this novel has emotional events but the story itself isn?t that emotional), and...

    This is One of those times that I Realize Some books that Are written in verse Would be way More powerful and Less disjointed narratives If they were In another Format. The forced Ending Didn't help matters With my rating. ...

    Have you ever been best friends with someone but you really want to move past the friend zone into something more? Noah, Walt, and Sam have been best friends for as long as they can remember. Noah has feelings for Sam that go way past the best friend zone, but Sam only has eyes for the...

    They do it again!! I?m always amazed that Kwame & Mary evoke such depth of emotion from so few words. This book is full of memorable characters and will leave you changed. At one point in the story I did think there were too many plot points happening that diluted the stor...

    Took me some time to get the back and forth of dialogue in verse, especially when more than 2 characters were involved. A bit of a slow start, but once invested in the characters, I finished this book quickly. Not my favorite Kwame Alexander. The ending was BAM. ...

    3.5 ? 3.5 ?? ...more ...

    unfortunately couldn't really get into this one ...

    The poetic rhythm and the figurative language in this story are amazing. It was so enjoyable to read all of the fun facts and allusions that are included. The combination of jazz, baseball, and poetry made for a fascinating mix in this story of friendship and love. However, the overall...

  • Kari
    Aug 22, 2018

    3.5 stars for this one, much to love but also much that could have been left out for the story to come alive more. The ending while heart wrenching came out of nowhere and seemed like it didn?t fit. It will be interesting to see how my students react to this one. ...

    I just finished listening to the audiobook, and if you have the chance to do the same, I highly recommend it! Author Kwame Alexander reads it himself and brings the story to life, and I loved the jazz music played in between chapters. I am still in a state of shock from the heartbreaki...

    Kwame Alexander is a gift to YA literature. He brings readers like me, a middle aged white adult, to a world I know only from the media, making me feel like I was part of Noah?s community. For teenage YA readers, his books have wider appeal, including for reluctant readers who have y...

    Music, art, poetry, baseball, love, and war make this YA novel in verse unique. Noah has been in love with one of his best friends for a while, and he is inspired to start creating found art love poems for her after finding some love letters from the 60s. His other best friend Walt, ak...

    Swing is one of those novels that you won't soon forget. While I really enjoy novels told in verse form, I can't say that I've gotten lost in the story quite as much as I did here. The development of the story is slow but thoughtful, helping you to fully connect to all the characters i...

    This book had a lot going against it for my particular reading tastes: I rarely like YA that is focused a lot on romance, I rarely like verse novels that aren?t based on a highly tense/ emotional plots (this novel has emotional events but the story itself isn?t that emotional), and...

    This is One of those times that I Realize Some books that Are written in verse Would be way More powerful and Less disjointed narratives If they were In another Format. The forced Ending Didn't help matters With my rating. ...

    Have you ever been best friends with someone but you really want to move past the friend zone into something more? Noah, Walt, and Sam have been best friends for as long as they can remember. Noah has feelings for Sam that go way past the best friend zone, but Sam only has eyes for the...

    They do it again!! I?m always amazed that Kwame & Mary evoke such depth of emotion from so few words. This book is full of memorable characters and will leave you changed. At one point in the story I did think there were too many plot points happening that diluted the stor...

    Took me some time to get the back and forth of dialogue in verse, especially when more than 2 characters were involved. A bit of a slow start, but once invested in the characters, I finished this book quickly. Not my favorite Kwame Alexander. The ending was BAM. ...

    3.5 ? 3.5 ?? ...more ...

    unfortunately couldn't really get into this one ...

    The poetic rhythm and the figurative language in this story are amazing. It was so enjoyable to read all of the fun facts and allusions that are included. The combination of jazz, baseball, and poetry made for a fascinating mix in this story of friendship and love. However, the overall...

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I can't even tell you guys how excited I was to get an ARC of this one. I ADORE Kwame Alexander's work, and I wasn't disappointed. Swing is one part romance, one part coming-of-age, one part social comment...

    Newbery Award winner, Kwame Alexander, along with Mary Rand Hess has written and illustrated an awesome realistic fiction novel about the intersections of baseball, jazz, life and love. Noah and Walt have been friends since grade school. Walt (Swing) is crazy about baseball and jazz; N...

    Swing is both a hit and a miss for me. The narrative tended to focus more on the things I didn't care as much for (Noah's crush on Sam primarily) and not on the things I really loved - namely Swing and taking about music and art. While Noah is rather bland in many respects, Swing was a...

    This was going to be a five-star book until the sudden ending. Walt is probably my favorite character Kwame Alexander has written? he?s hilarious, passionate, and speaks in motivational posters and tweet-sized obituaries. I liked seeing his impact on Noah and following their respec...

    **Book Review** Swing by Kwame Alexander Rating: ??? (3 Stars) -- Swing by Kwame Alexander is one of the books on my January TBR List. I had not heard of this book until I was browsing my local library's selection of audiobooks. I ran across this one and thought, "YES! This l...

    I had the opportunity to read Swing via NetGalley. I am a huge fan of Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess. I love what they offer the world through literature. I have read everything by Kwame and have loved it all. I am constantly amazed how beautifully he can express feelings and ideas...

    *If you can get a hold of the audiobook, I highly recommend it. This story is best heard from Kwame Alexander himself. (And the jazz cuts between chapters are lovely.) On the surface, Swing is another coming-of-age love story. Boy loves girl but girl has a boyfriend. Boy wants to te...

    I read an ARC via NetGalley. Kwame Alexander is a fabulous writer whose prose are intelligent and engaging. Walt (AKA Swing) and Noah are lovelorn high school boys who are passionate about many things, including baseball, jazz, art, and ladies. While neither boy is great at baseball, t...

    Virtuoso Kwame Alexander again reminds me that a flowery vocabulary isn't necessary to reach in and grab someone by their soul, force them to take note. This story of two teen boys trying to hug life and find cool is hilarious at times, infuriating at times, and arresting throughout, n...

    Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess have another hit on their hands. Noah and Walt are high school juniors who want to fit in. Walt has decided he is gong to make the varsity baseball team their senior year and works hard to make it happen. Noah is carrying a torch for his long-time bes...

    I don't know how Kwame / Mary do this? Pack so much into a book with few words. Nothing is lacking, not character development, not storyline, and definitely not emotion. This story schools us all in jazz, art, and life. We all need reminders to "Hug Life" and keep striving and working ...

    As much as I want to say this one "hit it out of the park," that is both a cliche and a bad pun for the book, but it really did. Kwame Alexander is such a poetic storyteller. He uses the format of writing in verse to tell the story, and while sports plays a role in each story, it's a s...

    The story line felt really disjointed compared to his other stuff. The "plot" was scattered, the ending felt forced and unncessary kind of like it was trying to fit in with the "police violence / racial profiling / black lives matter" issues that have become more and more prevalent in ...

    Kwame Alexander hits it out of the ballpark again! I have not read a book of his that I haven't loved and this one does not disappoint. Add this book to your pre-order list today. This time around the background is baseball, but the story is really about friendships, first love, fa...

    My first Kwame Alexander book, and I was impressed cover to cover; word for word. His writing is quite lyrical. His dialogue is hilarious and realistic for teenagers. His characters are engaging and his plot twists are shocking and sad but with a life-affirming message. What a rema...

    This book took its time setting up the story and then ended more abruptly than I expected. In between those two things, I fell in love with Noah, Sam, and especially Swing. I can see how Swing might be interpreted as a pushy or overbearing character, but I found him to be funny and cha...

  • Meg
    Oct 13, 2018

    3.5 stars for this one, much to love but also much that could have been left out for the story to come alive more. The ending while heart wrenching came out of nowhere and seemed like it didn?t fit. It will be interesting to see how my students react to this one. ...

    I just finished listening to the audiobook, and if you have the chance to do the same, I highly recommend it! Author Kwame Alexander reads it himself and brings the story to life, and I loved the jazz music played in between chapters. I am still in a state of shock from the heartbreaki...

    Kwame Alexander is a gift to YA literature. He brings readers like me, a middle aged white adult, to a world I know only from the media, making me feel like I was part of Noah?s community. For teenage YA readers, his books have wider appeal, including for reluctant readers who have y...

    Music, art, poetry, baseball, love, and war make this YA novel in verse unique. Noah has been in love with one of his best friends for a while, and he is inspired to start creating found art love poems for her after finding some love letters from the 60s. His other best friend Walt, ak...

    Swing is one of those novels that you won't soon forget. While I really enjoy novels told in verse form, I can't say that I've gotten lost in the story quite as much as I did here. The development of the story is slow but thoughtful, helping you to fully connect to all the characters i...

    This book had a lot going against it for my particular reading tastes: I rarely like YA that is focused a lot on romance, I rarely like verse novels that aren?t based on a highly tense/ emotional plots (this novel has emotional events but the story itself isn?t that emotional), and...

    This is One of those times that I Realize Some books that Are written in verse Would be way More powerful and Less disjointed narratives If they were In another Format. The forced Ending Didn't help matters With my rating. ...

    Have you ever been best friends with someone but you really want to move past the friend zone into something more? Noah, Walt, and Sam have been best friends for as long as they can remember. Noah has feelings for Sam that go way past the best friend zone, but Sam only has eyes for the...

    They do it again!! I?m always amazed that Kwame & Mary evoke such depth of emotion from so few words. This book is full of memorable characters and will leave you changed. At one point in the story I did think there were too many plot points happening that diluted the stor...

    Took me some time to get the back and forth of dialogue in verse, especially when more than 2 characters were involved. A bit of a slow start, but once invested in the characters, I finished this book quickly. Not my favorite Kwame Alexander. The ending was BAM. ...

    3.5 ? 3.5 ?? ...more ...

    unfortunately couldn't really get into this one ...

    The poetic rhythm and the figurative language in this story are amazing. It was so enjoyable to read all of the fun facts and allusions that are included. The combination of jazz, baseball, and poetry made for a fascinating mix in this story of friendship and love. However, the overall...

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I can't even tell you guys how excited I was to get an ARC of this one. I ADORE Kwame Alexander's work, and I wasn't disappointed. Swing is one part romance, one part coming-of-age, one part social comment...

    Newbery Award winner, Kwame Alexander, along with Mary Rand Hess has written and illustrated an awesome realistic fiction novel about the intersections of baseball, jazz, life and love. Noah and Walt have been friends since grade school. Walt (Swing) is crazy about baseball and jazz; N...

  • Theresa
    Aug 26, 2018

    3.5 stars for this one, much to love but also much that could have been left out for the story to come alive more. The ending while heart wrenching came out of nowhere and seemed like it didn?t fit. It will be interesting to see how my students react to this one. ...

    I just finished listening to the audiobook, and if you have the chance to do the same, I highly recommend it! Author Kwame Alexander reads it himself and brings the story to life, and I loved the jazz music played in between chapters. I am still in a state of shock from the heartbreaki...

    Kwame Alexander is a gift to YA literature. He brings readers like me, a middle aged white adult, to a world I know only from the media, making me feel like I was part of Noah?s community. For teenage YA readers, his books have wider appeal, including for reluctant readers who have y...

    Music, art, poetry, baseball, love, and war make this YA novel in verse unique. Noah has been in love with one of his best friends for a while, and he is inspired to start creating found art love poems for her after finding some love letters from the 60s. His other best friend Walt, ak...

    Swing is one of those novels that you won't soon forget. While I really enjoy novels told in verse form, I can't say that I've gotten lost in the story quite as much as I did here. The development of the story is slow but thoughtful, helping you to fully connect to all the characters i...

    This book had a lot going against it for my particular reading tastes: I rarely like YA that is focused a lot on romance, I rarely like verse novels that aren?t based on a highly tense/ emotional plots (this novel has emotional events but the story itself isn?t that emotional), and...

    This is One of those times that I Realize Some books that Are written in verse Would be way More powerful and Less disjointed narratives If they were In another Format. The forced Ending Didn't help matters With my rating. ...

    Have you ever been best friends with someone but you really want to move past the friend zone into something more? Noah, Walt, and Sam have been best friends for as long as they can remember. Noah has feelings for Sam that go way past the best friend zone, but Sam only has eyes for the...

    They do it again!! I?m always amazed that Kwame & Mary evoke such depth of emotion from so few words. This book is full of memorable characters and will leave you changed. At one point in the story I did think there were too many plot points happening that diluted the stor...

    Took me some time to get the back and forth of dialogue in verse, especially when more than 2 characters were involved. A bit of a slow start, but once invested in the characters, I finished this book quickly. Not my favorite Kwame Alexander. The ending was BAM. ...

    3.5 ? 3.5 ?? ...more ...

    unfortunately couldn't really get into this one ...

    The poetic rhythm and the figurative language in this story are amazing. It was so enjoyable to read all of the fun facts and allusions that are included. The combination of jazz, baseball, and poetry made for a fascinating mix in this story of friendship and love. However, the overall...

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I can't even tell you guys how excited I was to get an ARC of this one. I ADORE Kwame Alexander's work, and I wasn't disappointed. Swing is one part romance, one part coming-of-age, one part social comment...

    Newbery Award winner, Kwame Alexander, along with Mary Rand Hess has written and illustrated an awesome realistic fiction novel about the intersections of baseball, jazz, life and love. Noah and Walt have been friends since grade school. Walt (Swing) is crazy about baseball and jazz; N...

    Swing is both a hit and a miss for me. The narrative tended to focus more on the things I didn't care as much for (Noah's crush on Sam primarily) and not on the things I really loved - namely Swing and taking about music and art. While Noah is rather bland in many respects, Swing was a...

    This was going to be a five-star book until the sudden ending. Walt is probably my favorite character Kwame Alexander has written? he?s hilarious, passionate, and speaks in motivational posters and tweet-sized obituaries. I liked seeing his impact on Noah and following their respec...

    **Book Review** Swing by Kwame Alexander Rating: ??? (3 Stars) -- Swing by Kwame Alexander is one of the books on my January TBR List. I had not heard of this book until I was browsing my local library's selection of audiobooks. I ran across this one and thought, "YES! This l...

    I had the opportunity to read Swing via NetGalley. I am a huge fan of Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess. I love what they offer the world through literature. I have read everything by Kwame and have loved it all. I am constantly amazed how beautifully he can express feelings and ideas...

    *If you can get a hold of the audiobook, I highly recommend it. This story is best heard from Kwame Alexander himself. (And the jazz cuts between chapters are lovely.) On the surface, Swing is another coming-of-age love story. Boy loves girl but girl has a boyfriend. Boy wants to te...

    I read an ARC via NetGalley. Kwame Alexander is a fabulous writer whose prose are intelligent and engaging. Walt (AKA Swing) and Noah are lovelorn high school boys who are passionate about many things, including baseball, jazz, art, and ladies. While neither boy is great at baseball, t...

  • Melissa
    Aug 20, 2018

    3.5 stars for this one, much to love but also much that could have been left out for the story to come alive more. The ending while heart wrenching came out of nowhere and seemed like it didn?t fit. It will be interesting to see how my students react to this one. ...

    I just finished listening to the audiobook, and if you have the chance to do the same, I highly recommend it! Author Kwame Alexander reads it himself and brings the story to life, and I loved the jazz music played in between chapters. I am still in a state of shock from the heartbreaki...

    Kwame Alexander is a gift to YA literature. He brings readers like me, a middle aged white adult, to a world I know only from the media, making me feel like I was part of Noah?s community. For teenage YA readers, his books have wider appeal, including for reluctant readers who have y...

    Music, art, poetry, baseball, love, and war make this YA novel in verse unique. Noah has been in love with one of his best friends for a while, and he is inspired to start creating found art love poems for her after finding some love letters from the 60s. His other best friend Walt, ak...

    Swing is one of those novels that you won't soon forget. While I really enjoy novels told in verse form, I can't say that I've gotten lost in the story quite as much as I did here. The development of the story is slow but thoughtful, helping you to fully connect to all the characters i...

    This book had a lot going against it for my particular reading tastes: I rarely like YA that is focused a lot on romance, I rarely like verse novels that aren?t based on a highly tense/ emotional plots (this novel has emotional events but the story itself isn?t that emotional), and...

    This is One of those times that I Realize Some books that Are written in verse Would be way More powerful and Less disjointed narratives If they were In another Format. The forced Ending Didn't help matters With my rating. ...

    Have you ever been best friends with someone but you really want to move past the friend zone into something more? Noah, Walt, and Sam have been best friends for as long as they can remember. Noah has feelings for Sam that go way past the best friend zone, but Sam only has eyes for the...

    They do it again!! I?m always amazed that Kwame & Mary evoke such depth of emotion from so few words. This book is full of memorable characters and will leave you changed. At one point in the story I did think there were too many plot points happening that diluted the stor...

    Took me some time to get the back and forth of dialogue in verse, especially when more than 2 characters were involved. A bit of a slow start, but once invested in the characters, I finished this book quickly. Not my favorite Kwame Alexander. The ending was BAM. ...

    3.5 ? 3.5 ?? ...more ...

    unfortunately couldn't really get into this one ...

    The poetic rhythm and the figurative language in this story are amazing. It was so enjoyable to read all of the fun facts and allusions that are included. The combination of jazz, baseball, and poetry made for a fascinating mix in this story of friendship and love. However, the overall...

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I can't even tell you guys how excited I was to get an ARC of this one. I ADORE Kwame Alexander's work, and I wasn't disappointed. Swing is one part romance, one part coming-of-age, one part social comment...

    Newbery Award winner, Kwame Alexander, along with Mary Rand Hess has written and illustrated an awesome realistic fiction novel about the intersections of baseball, jazz, life and love. Noah and Walt have been friends since grade school. Walt (Swing) is crazy about baseball and jazz; N...

    Swing is both a hit and a miss for me. The narrative tended to focus more on the things I didn't care as much for (Noah's crush on Sam primarily) and not on the things I really loved - namely Swing and taking about music and art. While Noah is rather bland in many respects, Swing was a...

    This was going to be a five-star book until the sudden ending. Walt is probably my favorite character Kwame Alexander has written? he?s hilarious, passionate, and speaks in motivational posters and tweet-sized obituaries. I liked seeing his impact on Noah and following their respec...

    **Book Review** Swing by Kwame Alexander Rating: ??? (3 Stars) -- Swing by Kwame Alexander is one of the books on my January TBR List. I had not heard of this book until I was browsing my local library's selection of audiobooks. I ran across this one and thought, "YES! This l...

    I had the opportunity to read Swing via NetGalley. I am a huge fan of Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess. I love what they offer the world through literature. I have read everything by Kwame and have loved it all. I am constantly amazed how beautifully he can express feelings and ideas...

    *If you can get a hold of the audiobook, I highly recommend it. This story is best heard from Kwame Alexander himself. (And the jazz cuts between chapters are lovely.) On the surface, Swing is another coming-of-age love story. Boy loves girl but girl has a boyfriend. Boy wants to te...

    I read an ARC via NetGalley. Kwame Alexander is a fabulous writer whose prose are intelligent and engaging. Walt (AKA Swing) and Noah are lovelorn high school boys who are passionate about many things, including baseball, jazz, art, and ladies. While neither boy is great at baseball, t...

    Virtuoso Kwame Alexander again reminds me that a flowery vocabulary isn't necessary to reach in and grab someone by their soul, force them to take note. This story of two teen boys trying to hug life and find cool is hilarious at times, infuriating at times, and arresting throughout, n...

    Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess have another hit on their hands. Noah and Walt are high school juniors who want to fit in. Walt has decided he is gong to make the varsity baseball team their senior year and works hard to make it happen. Noah is carrying a torch for his long-time bes...

    I don't know how Kwame / Mary do this? Pack so much into a book with few words. Nothing is lacking, not character development, not storyline, and definitely not emotion. This story schools us all in jazz, art, and life. We all need reminders to "Hug Life" and keep striving and working ...

    As much as I want to say this one "hit it out of the park," that is both a cliche and a bad pun for the book, but it really did. Kwame Alexander is such a poetic storyteller. He uses the format of writing in verse to tell the story, and while sports plays a role in each story, it's a s...

    The story line felt really disjointed compared to his other stuff. The "plot" was scattered, the ending felt forced and unncessary kind of like it was trying to fit in with the "police violence / racial profiling / black lives matter" issues that have become more and more prevalent in ...

    Kwame Alexander hits it out of the ballpark again! I have not read a book of his that I haven't loved and this one does not disappoint. Add this book to your pre-order list today. This time around the background is baseball, but the story is really about friendships, first love, fa...

  • Melissa
    Nov 07, 2018

    3.5 stars for this one, much to love but also much that could have been left out for the story to come alive more. The ending while heart wrenching came out of nowhere and seemed like it didn?t fit. It will be interesting to see how my students react to this one. ...

    I just finished listening to the audiobook, and if you have the chance to do the same, I highly recommend it! Author Kwame Alexander reads it himself and brings the story to life, and I loved the jazz music played in between chapters. I am still in a state of shock from the heartbreaki...

    Kwame Alexander is a gift to YA literature. He brings readers like me, a middle aged white adult, to a world I know only from the media, making me feel like I was part of Noah?s community. For teenage YA readers, his books have wider appeal, including for reluctant readers who have y...

    Music, art, poetry, baseball, love, and war make this YA novel in verse unique. Noah has been in love with one of his best friends for a while, and he is inspired to start creating found art love poems for her after finding some love letters from the 60s. His other best friend Walt, ak...

    Swing is one of those novels that you won't soon forget. While I really enjoy novels told in verse form, I can't say that I've gotten lost in the story quite as much as I did here. The development of the story is slow but thoughtful, helping you to fully connect to all the characters i...

    This book had a lot going against it for my particular reading tastes: I rarely like YA that is focused a lot on romance, I rarely like verse novels that aren?t based on a highly tense/ emotional plots (this novel has emotional events but the story itself isn?t that emotional), and...

    This is One of those times that I Realize Some books that Are written in verse Would be way More powerful and Less disjointed narratives If they were In another Format. The forced Ending Didn't help matters With my rating. ...

    Have you ever been best friends with someone but you really want to move past the friend zone into something more? Noah, Walt, and Sam have been best friends for as long as they can remember. Noah has feelings for Sam that go way past the best friend zone, but Sam only has eyes for the...

    They do it again!! I?m always amazed that Kwame & Mary evoke such depth of emotion from so few words. This book is full of memorable characters and will leave you changed. At one point in the story I did think there were too many plot points happening that diluted the stor...

    Took me some time to get the back and forth of dialogue in verse, especially when more than 2 characters were involved. A bit of a slow start, but once invested in the characters, I finished this book quickly. Not my favorite Kwame Alexander. The ending was BAM. ...

    3.5 ? 3.5 ?? ...more ...

    unfortunately couldn't really get into this one ...

    The poetic rhythm and the figurative language in this story are amazing. It was so enjoyable to read all of the fun facts and allusions that are included. The combination of jazz, baseball, and poetry made for a fascinating mix in this story of friendship and love. However, the overall...

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I can't even tell you guys how excited I was to get an ARC of this one. I ADORE Kwame Alexander's work, and I wasn't disappointed. Swing is one part romance, one part coming-of-age, one part social comment...

    Newbery Award winner, Kwame Alexander, along with Mary Rand Hess has written and illustrated an awesome realistic fiction novel about the intersections of baseball, jazz, life and love. Noah and Walt have been friends since grade school. Walt (Swing) is crazy about baseball and jazz; N...

    Swing is both a hit and a miss for me. The narrative tended to focus more on the things I didn't care as much for (Noah's crush on Sam primarily) and not on the things I really loved - namely Swing and taking about music and art. While Noah is rather bland in many respects, Swing was a...

    This was going to be a five-star book until the sudden ending. Walt is probably my favorite character Kwame Alexander has written? he?s hilarious, passionate, and speaks in motivational posters and tweet-sized obituaries. I liked seeing his impact on Noah and following their respec...

    **Book Review** Swing by Kwame Alexander Rating: ??? (3 Stars) -- Swing by Kwame Alexander is one of the books on my January TBR List. I had not heard of this book until I was browsing my local library's selection of audiobooks. I ran across this one and thought, "YES! This l...

    I had the opportunity to read Swing via NetGalley. I am a huge fan of Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess. I love what they offer the world through literature. I have read everything by Kwame and have loved it all. I am constantly amazed how beautifully he can express feelings and ideas...

    *If you can get a hold of the audiobook, I highly recommend it. This story is best heard from Kwame Alexander himself. (And the jazz cuts between chapters are lovely.) On the surface, Swing is another coming-of-age love story. Boy loves girl but girl has a boyfriend. Boy wants to te...

    I read an ARC via NetGalley. Kwame Alexander is a fabulous writer whose prose are intelligent and engaging. Walt (AKA Swing) and Noah are lovelorn high school boys who are passionate about many things, including baseball, jazz, art, and ladies. While neither boy is great at baseball, t...

    Virtuoso Kwame Alexander again reminds me that a flowery vocabulary isn't necessary to reach in and grab someone by their soul, force them to take note. This story of two teen boys trying to hug life and find cool is hilarious at times, infuriating at times, and arresting throughout, n...

    Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess have another hit on their hands. Noah and Walt are high school juniors who want to fit in. Walt has decided he is gong to make the varsity baseball team their senior year and works hard to make it happen. Noah is carrying a torch for his long-time bes...

    I don't know how Kwame / Mary do this? Pack so much into a book with few words. Nothing is lacking, not character development, not storyline, and definitely not emotion. This story schools us all in jazz, art, and life. We all need reminders to "Hug Life" and keep striving and working ...

    As much as I want to say this one "hit it out of the park," that is both a cliche and a bad pun for the book, but it really did. Kwame Alexander is such a poetic storyteller. He uses the format of writing in verse to tell the story, and while sports plays a role in each story, it's a s...

    The story line felt really disjointed compared to his other stuff. The "plot" was scattered, the ending felt forced and unncessary kind of like it was trying to fit in with the "police violence / racial profiling / black lives matter" issues that have become more and more prevalent in ...

    Kwame Alexander hits it out of the ballpark again! I have not read a book of his that I haven't loved and this one does not disappoint. Add this book to your pre-order list today. This time around the background is baseball, but the story is really about friendships, first love, fa...

    My first Kwame Alexander book, and I was impressed cover to cover; word for word. His writing is quite lyrical. His dialogue is hilarious and realistic for teenagers. His characters are engaging and his plot twists are shocking and sad but with a life-affirming message. What a rema...

  • Tara
    Sep 01, 2018

    3.5 stars for this one, much to love but also much that could have been left out for the story to come alive more. The ending while heart wrenching came out of nowhere and seemed like it didn?t fit. It will be interesting to see how my students react to this one. ...

    I just finished listening to the audiobook, and if you have the chance to do the same, I highly recommend it! Author Kwame Alexander reads it himself and brings the story to life, and I loved the jazz music played in between chapters. I am still in a state of shock from the heartbreaki...

    Kwame Alexander is a gift to YA literature. He brings readers like me, a middle aged white adult, to a world I know only from the media, making me feel like I was part of Noah?s community. For teenage YA readers, his books have wider appeal, including for reluctant readers who have y...

    Music, art, poetry, baseball, love, and war make this YA novel in verse unique. Noah has been in love with one of his best friends for a while, and he is inspired to start creating found art love poems for her after finding some love letters from the 60s. His other best friend Walt, ak...

  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    Oct 30, 2018

    3.5 stars for this one, much to love but also much that could have been left out for the story to come alive more. The ending while heart wrenching came out of nowhere and seemed like it didn?t fit. It will be interesting to see how my students react to this one. ...

    I just finished listening to the audiobook, and if you have the chance to do the same, I highly recommend it! Author Kwame Alexander reads it himself and brings the story to life, and I loved the jazz music played in between chapters. I am still in a state of shock from the heartbreaki...

    Kwame Alexander is a gift to YA literature. He brings readers like me, a middle aged white adult, to a world I know only from the media, making me feel like I was part of Noah?s community. For teenage YA readers, his books have wider appeal, including for reluctant readers who have y...

  • Ashley
    Apr 20, 2018

    3.5 stars for this one, much to love but also much that could have been left out for the story to come alive more. The ending while heart wrenching came out of nowhere and seemed like it didn?t fit. It will be interesting to see how my students react to this one. ...

    I just finished listening to the audiobook, and if you have the chance to do the same, I highly recommend it! Author Kwame Alexander reads it himself and brings the story to life, and I loved the jazz music played in between chapters. I am still in a state of shock from the heartbreaki...

    Kwame Alexander is a gift to YA literature. He brings readers like me, a middle aged white adult, to a world I know only from the media, making me feel like I was part of Noah?s community. For teenage YA readers, his books have wider appeal, including for reluctant readers who have y...

    Music, art, poetry, baseball, love, and war make this YA novel in verse unique. Noah has been in love with one of his best friends for a while, and he is inspired to start creating found art love poems for her after finding some love letters from the 60s. His other best friend Walt, ak...

    Swing is one of those novels that you won't soon forget. While I really enjoy novels told in verse form, I can't say that I've gotten lost in the story quite as much as I did here. The development of the story is slow but thoughtful, helping you to fully connect to all the characters i...

    This book had a lot going against it for my particular reading tastes: I rarely like YA that is focused a lot on romance, I rarely like verse novels that aren?t based on a highly tense/ emotional plots (this novel has emotional events but the story itself isn?t that emotional), and...

    This is One of those times that I Realize Some books that Are written in verse Would be way More powerful and Less disjointed narratives If they were In another Format. The forced Ending Didn't help matters With my rating. ...

    Have you ever been best friends with someone but you really want to move past the friend zone into something more? Noah, Walt, and Sam have been best friends for as long as they can remember. Noah has feelings for Sam that go way past the best friend zone, but Sam only has eyes for the...

    They do it again!! I?m always amazed that Kwame & Mary evoke such depth of emotion from so few words. This book is full of memorable characters and will leave you changed. At one point in the story I did think there were too many plot points happening that diluted the stor...

    Took me some time to get the back and forth of dialogue in verse, especially when more than 2 characters were involved. A bit of a slow start, but once invested in the characters, I finished this book quickly. Not my favorite Kwame Alexander. The ending was BAM. ...

    3.5 ? 3.5 ?? ...more ...

    unfortunately couldn't really get into this one ...

    The poetic rhythm and the figurative language in this story are amazing. It was so enjoyable to read all of the fun facts and allusions that are included. The combination of jazz, baseball, and poetry made for a fascinating mix in this story of friendship and love. However, the overall...

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I can't even tell you guys how excited I was to get an ARC of this one. I ADORE Kwame Alexander's work, and I wasn't disappointed. Swing is one part romance, one part coming-of-age, one part social comment...

    Newbery Award winner, Kwame Alexander, along with Mary Rand Hess has written and illustrated an awesome realistic fiction novel about the intersections of baseball, jazz, life and love. Noah and Walt have been friends since grade school. Walt (Swing) is crazy about baseball and jazz; N...

    Swing is both a hit and a miss for me. The narrative tended to focus more on the things I didn't care as much for (Noah's crush on Sam primarily) and not on the things I really loved - namely Swing and taking about music and art. While Noah is rather bland in many respects, Swing was a...

  • Clare Lund
    Oct 04, 2018

    3.5 stars for this one, much to love but also much that could have been left out for the story to come alive more. The ending while heart wrenching came out of nowhere and seemed like it didn?t fit. It will be interesting to see how my students react to this one. ...

    I just finished listening to the audiobook, and if you have the chance to do the same, I highly recommend it! Author Kwame Alexander reads it himself and brings the story to life, and I loved the jazz music played in between chapters. I am still in a state of shock from the heartbreaki...

  • Mimi
    Feb 09, 2019

    3.5 stars for this one, much to love but also much that could have been left out for the story to come alive more. The ending while heart wrenching came out of nowhere and seemed like it didn?t fit. It will be interesting to see how my students react to this one. ...

    I just finished listening to the audiobook, and if you have the chance to do the same, I highly recommend it! Author Kwame Alexander reads it himself and brings the story to life, and I loved the jazz music played in between chapters. I am still in a state of shock from the heartbreaki...

    Kwame Alexander is a gift to YA literature. He brings readers like me, a middle aged white adult, to a world I know only from the media, making me feel like I was part of Noah?s community. For teenage YA readers, his books have wider appeal, including for reluctant readers who have y...

    Music, art, poetry, baseball, love, and war make this YA novel in verse unique. Noah has been in love with one of his best friends for a while, and he is inspired to start creating found art love poems for her after finding some love letters from the 60s. His other best friend Walt, ak...

    Swing is one of those novels that you won't soon forget. While I really enjoy novels told in verse form, I can't say that I've gotten lost in the story quite as much as I did here. The development of the story is slow but thoughtful, helping you to fully connect to all the characters i...

    This book had a lot going against it for my particular reading tastes: I rarely like YA that is focused a lot on romance, I rarely like verse novels that aren?t based on a highly tense/ emotional plots (this novel has emotional events but the story itself isn?t that emotional), and...

    This is One of those times that I Realize Some books that Are written in verse Would be way More powerful and Less disjointed narratives If they were In another Format. The forced Ending Didn't help matters With my rating. ...

  • Renee Doucette
    Dec 27, 2018

    3.5 stars for this one, much to love but also much that could have been left out for the story to come alive more. The ending while heart wrenching came out of nowhere and seemed like it didn?t fit. It will be interesting to see how my students react to this one. ...

    I just finished listening to the audiobook, and if you have the chance to do the same, I highly recommend it! Author Kwame Alexander reads it himself and brings the story to life, and I loved the jazz music played in between chapters. I am still in a state of shock from the heartbreaki...

    Kwame Alexander is a gift to YA literature. He brings readers like me, a middle aged white adult, to a world I know only from the media, making me feel like I was part of Noah?s community. For teenage YA readers, his books have wider appeal, including for reluctant readers who have y...

    Music, art, poetry, baseball, love, and war make this YA novel in verse unique. Noah has been in love with one of his best friends for a while, and he is inspired to start creating found art love poems for her after finding some love letters from the 60s. His other best friend Walt, ak...

    Swing is one of those novels that you won't soon forget. While I really enjoy novels told in verse form, I can't say that I've gotten lost in the story quite as much as I did here. The development of the story is slow but thoughtful, helping you to fully connect to all the characters i...

    This book had a lot going against it for my particular reading tastes: I rarely like YA that is focused a lot on romance, I rarely like verse novels that aren?t based on a highly tense/ emotional plots (this novel has emotional events but the story itself isn?t that emotional), and...

    This is One of those times that I Realize Some books that Are written in verse Would be way More powerful and Less disjointed narratives If they were In another Format. The forced Ending Didn't help matters With my rating. ...

    Have you ever been best friends with someone but you really want to move past the friend zone into something more? Noah, Walt, and Sam have been best friends for as long as they can remember. Noah has feelings for Sam that go way past the best friend zone, but Sam only has eyes for the...

    They do it again!! I?m always amazed that Kwame & Mary evoke such depth of emotion from so few words. This book is full of memorable characters and will leave you changed. At one point in the story I did think there were too many plot points happening that diluted the stor...

    Took me some time to get the back and forth of dialogue in verse, especially when more than 2 characters were involved. A bit of a slow start, but once invested in the characters, I finished this book quickly. Not my favorite Kwame Alexander. The ending was BAM. ...

  • Jana
    Oct 14, 2018

    3.5 stars for this one, much to love but also much that could have been left out for the story to come alive more. The ending while heart wrenching came out of nowhere and seemed like it didn?t fit. It will be interesting to see how my students react to this one. ...

    I just finished listening to the audiobook, and if you have the chance to do the same, I highly recommend it! Author Kwame Alexander reads it himself and brings the story to life, and I loved the jazz music played in between chapters. I am still in a state of shock from the heartbreaki...

    Kwame Alexander is a gift to YA literature. He brings readers like me, a middle aged white adult, to a world I know only from the media, making me feel like I was part of Noah?s community. For teenage YA readers, his books have wider appeal, including for reluctant readers who have y...

    Music, art, poetry, baseball, love, and war make this YA novel in verse unique. Noah has been in love with one of his best friends for a while, and he is inspired to start creating found art love poems for her after finding some love letters from the 60s. His other best friend Walt, ak...

    Swing is one of those novels that you won't soon forget. While I really enjoy novels told in verse form, I can't say that I've gotten lost in the story quite as much as I did here. The development of the story is slow but thoughtful, helping you to fully connect to all the characters i...

    This book had a lot going against it for my particular reading tastes: I rarely like YA that is focused a lot on romance, I rarely like verse novels that aren?t based on a highly tense/ emotional plots (this novel has emotional events but the story itself isn?t that emotional), and...

    This is One of those times that I Realize Some books that Are written in verse Would be way More powerful and Less disjointed narratives If they were In another Format. The forced Ending Didn't help matters With my rating. ...

    Have you ever been best friends with someone but you really want to move past the friend zone into something more? Noah, Walt, and Sam have been best friends for as long as they can remember. Noah has feelings for Sam that go way past the best friend zone, but Sam only has eyes for the...

    They do it again!! I?m always amazed that Kwame & Mary evoke such depth of emotion from so few words. This book is full of memorable characters and will leave you changed. At one point in the story I did think there were too many plot points happening that diluted the stor...

    Took me some time to get the back and forth of dialogue in verse, especially when more than 2 characters were involved. A bit of a slow start, but once invested in the characters, I finished this book quickly. Not my favorite Kwame Alexander. The ending was BAM. ...

    3.5 ? 3.5 ?? ...more ...

    unfortunately couldn't really get into this one ...

  • Kristen
    May 29, 2018

    3.5 stars for this one, much to love but also much that could have been left out for the story to come alive more. The ending while heart wrenching came out of nowhere and seemed like it didn?t fit. It will be interesting to see how my students react to this one. ...

    I just finished listening to the audiobook, and if you have the chance to do the same, I highly recommend it! Author Kwame Alexander reads it himself and brings the story to life, and I loved the jazz music played in between chapters. I am still in a state of shock from the heartbreaki...

    Kwame Alexander is a gift to YA literature. He brings readers like me, a middle aged white adult, to a world I know only from the media, making me feel like I was part of Noah?s community. For teenage YA readers, his books have wider appeal, including for reluctant readers who have y...

    Music, art, poetry, baseball, love, and war make this YA novel in verse unique. Noah has been in love with one of his best friends for a while, and he is inspired to start creating found art love poems for her after finding some love letters from the 60s. His other best friend Walt, ak...

    Swing is one of those novels that you won't soon forget. While I really enjoy novels told in verse form, I can't say that I've gotten lost in the story quite as much as I did here. The development of the story is slow but thoughtful, helping you to fully connect to all the characters i...

    This book had a lot going against it for my particular reading tastes: I rarely like YA that is focused a lot on romance, I rarely like verse novels that aren?t based on a highly tense/ emotional plots (this novel has emotional events but the story itself isn?t that emotional), and...

    This is One of those times that I Realize Some books that Are written in verse Would be way More powerful and Less disjointed narratives If they were In another Format. The forced Ending Didn't help matters With my rating. ...

    Have you ever been best friends with someone but you really want to move past the friend zone into something more? Noah, Walt, and Sam have been best friends for as long as they can remember. Noah has feelings for Sam that go way past the best friend zone, but Sam only has eyes for the...

    They do it again!! I?m always amazed that Kwame & Mary evoke such depth of emotion from so few words. This book is full of memorable characters and will leave you changed. At one point in the story I did think there were too many plot points happening that diluted the stor...

    Took me some time to get the back and forth of dialogue in verse, especially when more than 2 characters were involved. A bit of a slow start, but once invested in the characters, I finished this book quickly. Not my favorite Kwame Alexander. The ending was BAM. ...

    3.5 ? 3.5 ?? ...more ...

    unfortunately couldn't really get into this one ...

    The poetic rhythm and the figurative language in this story are amazing. It was so enjoyable to read all of the fun facts and allusions that are included. The combination of jazz, baseball, and poetry made for a fascinating mix in this story of friendship and love. However, the overall...

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I can't even tell you guys how excited I was to get an ARC of this one. I ADORE Kwame Alexander's work, and I wasn't disappointed. Swing is one part romance, one part coming-of-age, one part social comment...

  • Karen Reed
    Aug 17, 2018

    3.5 stars for this one, much to love but also much that could have been left out for the story to come alive more. The ending while heart wrenching came out of nowhere and seemed like it didn?t fit. It will be interesting to see how my students react to this one. ...

    I just finished listening to the audiobook, and if you have the chance to do the same, I highly recommend it! Author Kwame Alexander reads it himself and brings the story to life, and I loved the jazz music played in between chapters. I am still in a state of shock from the heartbreaki...

    Kwame Alexander is a gift to YA literature. He brings readers like me, a middle aged white adult, to a world I know only from the media, making me feel like I was part of Noah?s community. For teenage YA readers, his books have wider appeal, including for reluctant readers who have y...

    Music, art, poetry, baseball, love, and war make this YA novel in verse unique. Noah has been in love with one of his best friends for a while, and he is inspired to start creating found art love poems for her after finding some love letters from the 60s. His other best friend Walt, ak...

    Swing is one of those novels that you won't soon forget. While I really enjoy novels told in verse form, I can't say that I've gotten lost in the story quite as much as I did here. The development of the story is slow but thoughtful, helping you to fully connect to all the characters i...

    This book had a lot going against it for my particular reading tastes: I rarely like YA that is focused a lot on romance, I rarely like verse novels that aren?t based on a highly tense/ emotional plots (this novel has emotional events but the story itself isn?t that emotional), and...

    This is One of those times that I Realize Some books that Are written in verse Would be way More powerful and Less disjointed narratives If they were In another Format. The forced Ending Didn't help matters With my rating. ...

    Have you ever been best friends with someone but you really want to move past the friend zone into something more? Noah, Walt, and Sam have been best friends for as long as they can remember. Noah has feelings for Sam that go way past the best friend zone, but Sam only has eyes for the...

    They do it again!! I?m always amazed that Kwame & Mary evoke such depth of emotion from so few words. This book is full of memorable characters and will leave you changed. At one point in the story I did think there were too many plot points happening that diluted the stor...

    Took me some time to get the back and forth of dialogue in verse, especially when more than 2 characters were involved. A bit of a slow start, but once invested in the characters, I finished this book quickly. Not my favorite Kwame Alexander. The ending was BAM. ...

    3.5 ? 3.5 ?? ...more ...

    unfortunately couldn't really get into this one ...

    The poetic rhythm and the figurative language in this story are amazing. It was so enjoyable to read all of the fun facts and allusions that are included. The combination of jazz, baseball, and poetry made for a fascinating mix in this story of friendship and love. However, the overall...

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I can't even tell you guys how excited I was to get an ARC of this one. I ADORE Kwame Alexander's work, and I wasn't disappointed. Swing is one part romance, one part coming-of-age, one part social comment...

    Newbery Award winner, Kwame Alexander, along with Mary Rand Hess has written and illustrated an awesome realistic fiction novel about the intersections of baseball, jazz, life and love. Noah and Walt have been friends since grade school. Walt (Swing) is crazy about baseball and jazz; N...

    Swing is both a hit and a miss for me. The narrative tended to focus more on the things I didn't care as much for (Noah's crush on Sam primarily) and not on the things I really loved - namely Swing and taking about music and art. While Noah is rather bland in many respects, Swing was a...

    This was going to be a five-star book until the sudden ending. Walt is probably my favorite character Kwame Alexander has written? he?s hilarious, passionate, and speaks in motivational posters and tweet-sized obituaries. I liked seeing his impact on Noah and following their respec...

    **Book Review** Swing by Kwame Alexander Rating: ??? (3 Stars) -- Swing by Kwame Alexander is one of the books on my January TBR List. I had not heard of this book until I was browsing my local library's selection of audiobooks. I ran across this one and thought, "YES! This l...

    I had the opportunity to read Swing via NetGalley. I am a huge fan of Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess. I love what they offer the world through literature. I have read everything by Kwame and have loved it all. I am constantly amazed how beautifully he can express feelings and ideas...

    *If you can get a hold of the audiobook, I highly recommend it. This story is best heard from Kwame Alexander himself. (And the jazz cuts between chapters are lovely.) On the surface, Swing is another coming-of-age love story. Boy loves girl but girl has a boyfriend. Boy wants to te...

    I read an ARC via NetGalley. Kwame Alexander is a fabulous writer whose prose are intelligent and engaging. Walt (AKA Swing) and Noah are lovelorn high school boys who are passionate about many things, including baseball, jazz, art, and ladies. While neither boy is great at baseball, t...

    Virtuoso Kwame Alexander again reminds me that a flowery vocabulary isn't necessary to reach in and grab someone by their soul, force them to take note. This story of two teen boys trying to hug life and find cool is hilarious at times, infuriating at times, and arresting throughout, n...

    Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess have another hit on their hands. Noah and Walt are high school juniors who want to fit in. Walt has decided he is gong to make the varsity baseball team their senior year and works hard to make it happen. Noah is carrying a torch for his long-time bes...

    I don't know how Kwame / Mary do this? Pack so much into a book with few words. Nothing is lacking, not character development, not storyline, and definitely not emotion. This story schools us all in jazz, art, and life. We all need reminders to "Hug Life" and keep striving and working ...

  • Amanda
    Aug 24, 2018

    3.5 stars for this one, much to love but also much that could have been left out for the story to come alive more. The ending while heart wrenching came out of nowhere and seemed like it didn?t fit. It will be interesting to see how my students react to this one. ...

    I just finished listening to the audiobook, and if you have the chance to do the same, I highly recommend it! Author Kwame Alexander reads it himself and brings the story to life, and I loved the jazz music played in between chapters. I am still in a state of shock from the heartbreaki...

    Kwame Alexander is a gift to YA literature. He brings readers like me, a middle aged white adult, to a world I know only from the media, making me feel like I was part of Noah?s community. For teenage YA readers, his books have wider appeal, including for reluctant readers who have y...

    Music, art, poetry, baseball, love, and war make this YA novel in verse unique. Noah has been in love with one of his best friends for a while, and he is inspired to start creating found art love poems for her after finding some love letters from the 60s. His other best friend Walt, ak...

    Swing is one of those novels that you won't soon forget. While I really enjoy novels told in verse form, I can't say that I've gotten lost in the story quite as much as I did here. The development of the story is slow but thoughtful, helping you to fully connect to all the characters i...

    This book had a lot going against it for my particular reading tastes: I rarely like YA that is focused a lot on romance, I rarely like verse novels that aren?t based on a highly tense/ emotional plots (this novel has emotional events but the story itself isn?t that emotional), and...

    This is One of those times that I Realize Some books that Are written in verse Would be way More powerful and Less disjointed narratives If they were In another Format. The forced Ending Didn't help matters With my rating. ...

    Have you ever been best friends with someone but you really want to move past the friend zone into something more? Noah, Walt, and Sam have been best friends for as long as they can remember. Noah has feelings for Sam that go way past the best friend zone, but Sam only has eyes for the...

    They do it again!! I?m always amazed that Kwame & Mary evoke such depth of emotion from so few words. This book is full of memorable characters and will leave you changed. At one point in the story I did think there were too many plot points happening that diluted the stor...

  • Kim Clifton
    Nov 19, 2018

    3.5 stars for this one, much to love but also much that could have been left out for the story to come alive more. The ending while heart wrenching came out of nowhere and seemed like it didn?t fit. It will be interesting to see how my students react to this one. ...

    I just finished listening to the audiobook, and if you have the chance to do the same, I highly recommend it! Author Kwame Alexander reads it himself and brings the story to life, and I loved the jazz music played in between chapters. I am still in a state of shock from the heartbreaki...

    Kwame Alexander is a gift to YA literature. He brings readers like me, a middle aged white adult, to a world I know only from the media, making me feel like I was part of Noah?s community. For teenage YA readers, his books have wider appeal, including for reluctant readers who have y...

    Music, art, poetry, baseball, love, and war make this YA novel in verse unique. Noah has been in love with one of his best friends for a while, and he is inspired to start creating found art love poems for her after finding some love letters from the 60s. His other best friend Walt, ak...

    Swing is one of those novels that you won't soon forget. While I really enjoy novels told in verse form, I can't say that I've gotten lost in the story quite as much as I did here. The development of the story is slow but thoughtful, helping you to fully connect to all the characters i...

    This book had a lot going against it for my particular reading tastes: I rarely like YA that is focused a lot on romance, I rarely like verse novels that aren?t based on a highly tense/ emotional plots (this novel has emotional events but the story itself isn?t that emotional), and...

    This is One of those times that I Realize Some books that Are written in verse Would be way More powerful and Less disjointed narratives If they were In another Format. The forced Ending Didn't help matters With my rating. ...

    Have you ever been best friends with someone but you really want to move past the friend zone into something more? Noah, Walt, and Sam have been best friends for as long as they can remember. Noah has feelings for Sam that go way past the best friend zone, but Sam only has eyes for the...

    They do it again!! I?m always amazed that Kwame & Mary evoke such depth of emotion from so few words. This book is full of memorable characters and will leave you changed. At one point in the story I did think there were too many plot points happening that diluted the stor...

    Took me some time to get the back and forth of dialogue in verse, especially when more than 2 characters were involved. A bit of a slow start, but once invested in the characters, I finished this book quickly. Not my favorite Kwame Alexander. The ending was BAM. ...

    3.5 ? 3.5 ?? ...more ...

    unfortunately couldn't really get into this one ...

    The poetic rhythm and the figurative language in this story are amazing. It was so enjoyable to read all of the fun facts and allusions that are included. The combination of jazz, baseball, and poetry made for a fascinating mix in this story of friendship and love. However, the overall...

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I can't even tell you guys how excited I was to get an ARC of this one. I ADORE Kwame Alexander's work, and I wasn't disappointed. Swing is one part romance, one part coming-of-age, one part social comment...

    Newbery Award winner, Kwame Alexander, along with Mary Rand Hess has written and illustrated an awesome realistic fiction novel about the intersections of baseball, jazz, life and love. Noah and Walt have been friends since grade school. Walt (Swing) is crazy about baseball and jazz; N...

    Swing is both a hit and a miss for me. The narrative tended to focus more on the things I didn't care as much for (Noah's crush on Sam primarily) and not on the things I really loved - namely Swing and taking about music and art. While Noah is rather bland in many respects, Swing was a...

    This was going to be a five-star book until the sudden ending. Walt is probably my favorite character Kwame Alexander has written? he?s hilarious, passionate, and speaks in motivational posters and tweet-sized obituaries. I liked seeing his impact on Noah and following their respec...

  • Katherine
    Jan 13, 2019

    3.5 stars for this one, much to love but also much that could have been left out for the story to come alive more. The ending while heart wrenching came out of nowhere and seemed like it didn?t fit. It will be interesting to see how my students react to this one. ...

    I just finished listening to the audiobook, and if you have the chance to do the same, I highly recommend it! Author Kwame Alexander reads it himself and brings the story to life, and I loved the jazz music played in between chapters. I am still in a state of shock from the heartbreaki...

    Kwame Alexander is a gift to YA literature. He brings readers like me, a middle aged white adult, to a world I know only from the media, making me feel like I was part of Noah?s community. For teenage YA readers, his books have wider appeal, including for reluctant readers who have y...

    Music, art, poetry, baseball, love, and war make this YA novel in verse unique. Noah has been in love with one of his best friends for a while, and he is inspired to start creating found art love poems for her after finding some love letters from the 60s. His other best friend Walt, ak...

    Swing is one of those novels that you won't soon forget. While I really enjoy novels told in verse form, I can't say that I've gotten lost in the story quite as much as I did here. The development of the story is slow but thoughtful, helping you to fully connect to all the characters i...

    This book had a lot going against it for my particular reading tastes: I rarely like YA that is focused a lot on romance, I rarely like verse novels that aren?t based on a highly tense/ emotional plots (this novel has emotional events but the story itself isn?t that emotional), and...

    This is One of those times that I Realize Some books that Are written in verse Would be way More powerful and Less disjointed narratives If they were In another Format. The forced Ending Didn't help matters With my rating. ...

    Have you ever been best friends with someone but you really want to move past the friend zone into something more? Noah, Walt, and Sam have been best friends for as long as they can remember. Noah has feelings for Sam that go way past the best friend zone, but Sam only has eyes for the...

    They do it again!! I?m always amazed that Kwame & Mary evoke such depth of emotion from so few words. This book is full of memorable characters and will leave you changed. At one point in the story I did think there were too many plot points happening that diluted the stor...

    Took me some time to get the back and forth of dialogue in verse, especially when more than 2 characters were involved. A bit of a slow start, but once invested in the characters, I finished this book quickly. Not my favorite Kwame Alexander. The ending was BAM. ...

    3.5 ? 3.5 ?? ...more ...

    unfortunately couldn't really get into this one ...

    The poetic rhythm and the figurative language in this story are amazing. It was so enjoyable to read all of the fun facts and allusions that are included. The combination of jazz, baseball, and poetry made for a fascinating mix in this story of friendship and love. However, the overall...

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I can't even tell you guys how excited I was to get an ARC of this one. I ADORE Kwame Alexander's work, and I wasn't disappointed. Swing is one part romance, one part coming-of-age, one part social comment...

    Newbery Award winner, Kwame Alexander, along with Mary Rand Hess has written and illustrated an awesome realistic fiction novel about the intersections of baseball, jazz, life and love. Noah and Walt have been friends since grade school. Walt (Swing) is crazy about baseball and jazz; N...

    Swing is both a hit and a miss for me. The narrative tended to focus more on the things I didn't care as much for (Noah's crush on Sam primarily) and not on the things I really loved - namely Swing and taking about music and art. While Noah is rather bland in many respects, Swing was a...

    This was going to be a five-star book until the sudden ending. Walt is probably my favorite character Kwame Alexander has written? he?s hilarious, passionate, and speaks in motivational posters and tweet-sized obituaries. I liked seeing his impact on Noah and following their respec...

    **Book Review** Swing by Kwame Alexander Rating: ??? (3 Stars) -- Swing by Kwame Alexander is one of the books on my January TBR List. I had not heard of this book until I was browsing my local library's selection of audiobooks. I ran across this one and thought, "YES! This l...

    I had the opportunity to read Swing via NetGalley. I am a huge fan of Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess. I love what they offer the world through literature. I have read everything by Kwame and have loved it all. I am constantly amazed how beautifully he can express feelings and ideas...

    *If you can get a hold of the audiobook, I highly recommend it. This story is best heard from Kwame Alexander himself. (And the jazz cuts between chapters are lovely.) On the surface, Swing is another coming-of-age love story. Boy loves girl but girl has a boyfriend. Boy wants to te...

    I read an ARC via NetGalley. Kwame Alexander is a fabulous writer whose prose are intelligent and engaging. Walt (AKA Swing) and Noah are lovelorn high school boys who are passionate about many things, including baseball, jazz, art, and ladies. While neither boy is great at baseball, t...

    Virtuoso Kwame Alexander again reminds me that a flowery vocabulary isn't necessary to reach in and grab someone by their soul, force them to take note. This story of two teen boys trying to hug life and find cool is hilarious at times, infuriating at times, and arresting throughout, n...

  • Pernille Ripp
    Oct 20, 2018

    3.5 stars for this one, much to love but also much that could have been left out for the story to come alive more. The ending while heart wrenching came out of nowhere and seemed like it didn?t fit. It will be interesting to see how my students react to this one. ...

  • Cailee
    Feb 02, 2019

    3.5 stars for this one, much to love but also much that could have been left out for the story to come alive more. The ending while heart wrenching came out of nowhere and seemed like it didn?t fit. It will be interesting to see how my students react to this one. ...

    I just finished listening to the audiobook, and if you have the chance to do the same, I highly recommend it! Author Kwame Alexander reads it himself and brings the story to life, and I loved the jazz music played in between chapters. I am still in a state of shock from the heartbreaki...

    Kwame Alexander is a gift to YA literature. He brings readers like me, a middle aged white adult, to a world I know only from the media, making me feel like I was part of Noah?s community. For teenage YA readers, his books have wider appeal, including for reluctant readers who have y...

    Music, art, poetry, baseball, love, and war make this YA novel in verse unique. Noah has been in love with one of his best friends for a while, and he is inspired to start creating found art love poems for her after finding some love letters from the 60s. His other best friend Walt, ak...

    Swing is one of those novels that you won't soon forget. While I really enjoy novels told in verse form, I can't say that I've gotten lost in the story quite as much as I did here. The development of the story is slow but thoughtful, helping you to fully connect to all the characters i...

    This book had a lot going against it for my particular reading tastes: I rarely like YA that is focused a lot on romance, I rarely like verse novels that aren?t based on a highly tense/ emotional plots (this novel has emotional events but the story itself isn?t that emotional), and...

    This is One of those times that I Realize Some books that Are written in verse Would be way More powerful and Less disjointed narratives If they were In another Format. The forced Ending Didn't help matters With my rating. ...

    Have you ever been best friends with someone but you really want to move past the friend zone into something more? Noah, Walt, and Sam have been best friends for as long as they can remember. Noah has feelings for Sam that go way past the best friend zone, but Sam only has eyes for the...

    They do it again!! I?m always amazed that Kwame & Mary evoke such depth of emotion from so few words. This book is full of memorable characters and will leave you changed. At one point in the story I did think there were too many plot points happening that diluted the stor...

    Took me some time to get the back and forth of dialogue in verse, especially when more than 2 characters were involved. A bit of a slow start, but once invested in the characters, I finished this book quickly. Not my favorite Kwame Alexander. The ending was BAM. ...

    3.5 ? 3.5 ?? ...more ...

    unfortunately couldn't really get into this one ...

    The poetic rhythm and the figurative language in this story are amazing. It was so enjoyable to read all of the fun facts and allusions that are included. The combination of jazz, baseball, and poetry made for a fascinating mix in this story of friendship and love. However, the overall...

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I can't even tell you guys how excited I was to get an ARC of this one. I ADORE Kwame Alexander's work, and I wasn't disappointed. Swing is one part romance, one part coming-of-age, one part social comment...

    Newbery Award winner, Kwame Alexander, along with Mary Rand Hess has written and illustrated an awesome realistic fiction novel about the intersections of baseball, jazz, life and love. Noah and Walt have been friends since grade school. Walt (Swing) is crazy about baseball and jazz; N...

    Swing is both a hit and a miss for me. The narrative tended to focus more on the things I didn't care as much for (Noah's crush on Sam primarily) and not on the things I really loved - namely Swing and taking about music and art. While Noah is rather bland in many respects, Swing was a...

    This was going to be a five-star book until the sudden ending. Walt is probably my favorite character Kwame Alexander has written? he?s hilarious, passionate, and speaks in motivational posters and tweet-sized obituaries. I liked seeing his impact on Noah and following their respec...

    **Book Review** Swing by Kwame Alexander Rating: ??? (3 Stars) -- Swing by Kwame Alexander is one of the books on my January TBR List. I had not heard of this book until I was browsing my local library's selection of audiobooks. I ran across this one and thought, "YES! This l...

    I had the opportunity to read Swing via NetGalley. I am a huge fan of Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess. I love what they offer the world through literature. I have read everything by Kwame and have loved it all. I am constantly amazed how beautifully he can express feelings and ideas...

    *If you can get a hold of the audiobook, I highly recommend it. This story is best heard from Kwame Alexander himself. (And the jazz cuts between chapters are lovely.) On the surface, Swing is another coming-of-age love story. Boy loves girl but girl has a boyfriend. Boy wants to te...

  • Gabrielle Draxler
    Nov 17, 2018

    3.5 stars for this one, much to love but also much that could have been left out for the story to come alive more. The ending while heart wrenching came out of nowhere and seemed like it didn?t fit. It will be interesting to see how my students react to this one. ...

    I just finished listening to the audiobook, and if you have the chance to do the same, I highly recommend it! Author Kwame Alexander reads it himself and brings the story to life, and I loved the jazz music played in between chapters. I am still in a state of shock from the heartbreaki...

    Kwame Alexander is a gift to YA literature. He brings readers like me, a middle aged white adult, to a world I know only from the media, making me feel like I was part of Noah?s community. For teenage YA readers, his books have wider appeal, including for reluctant readers who have y...

    Music, art, poetry, baseball, love, and war make this YA novel in verse unique. Noah has been in love with one of his best friends for a while, and he is inspired to start creating found art love poems for her after finding some love letters from the 60s. His other best friend Walt, ak...

    Swing is one of those novels that you won't soon forget. While I really enjoy novels told in verse form, I can't say that I've gotten lost in the story quite as much as I did here. The development of the story is slow but thoughtful, helping you to fully connect to all the characters i...

    This book had a lot going against it for my particular reading tastes: I rarely like YA that is focused a lot on romance, I rarely like verse novels that aren?t based on a highly tense/ emotional plots (this novel has emotional events but the story itself isn?t that emotional), and...

    This is One of those times that I Realize Some books that Are written in verse Would be way More powerful and Less disjointed narratives If they were In another Format. The forced Ending Didn't help matters With my rating. ...

    Have you ever been best friends with someone but you really want to move past the friend zone into something more? Noah, Walt, and Sam have been best friends for as long as they can remember. Noah has feelings for Sam that go way past the best friend zone, but Sam only has eyes for the...

    They do it again!! I?m always amazed that Kwame & Mary evoke such depth of emotion from so few words. This book is full of memorable characters and will leave you changed. At one point in the story I did think there were too many plot points happening that diluted the stor...

    Took me some time to get the back and forth of dialogue in verse, especially when more than 2 characters were involved. A bit of a slow start, but once invested in the characters, I finished this book quickly. Not my favorite Kwame Alexander. The ending was BAM. ...

    3.5 ? 3.5 ?? ...more ...

    unfortunately couldn't really get into this one ...

    The poetic rhythm and the figurative language in this story are amazing. It was so enjoyable to read all of the fun facts and allusions that are included. The combination of jazz, baseball, and poetry made for a fascinating mix in this story of friendship and love. However, the overall...

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I can't even tell you guys how excited I was to get an ARC of this one. I ADORE Kwame Alexander's work, and I wasn't disappointed. Swing is one part romance, one part coming-of-age, one part social comment...

    Newbery Award winner, Kwame Alexander, along with Mary Rand Hess has written and illustrated an awesome realistic fiction novel about the intersections of baseball, jazz, life and love. Noah and Walt have been friends since grade school. Walt (Swing) is crazy about baseball and jazz; N...

    Swing is both a hit and a miss for me. The narrative tended to focus more on the things I didn't care as much for (Noah's crush on Sam primarily) and not on the things I really loved - namely Swing and taking about music and art. While Noah is rather bland in many respects, Swing was a...

    This was going to be a five-star book until the sudden ending. Walt is probably my favorite character Kwame Alexander has written? he?s hilarious, passionate, and speaks in motivational posters and tweet-sized obituaries. I liked seeing his impact on Noah and following their respec...

    **Book Review** Swing by Kwame Alexander Rating: ??? (3 Stars) -- Swing by Kwame Alexander is one of the books on my January TBR List. I had not heard of this book until I was browsing my local library's selection of audiobooks. I ran across this one and thought, "YES! This l...

    I had the opportunity to read Swing via NetGalley. I am a huge fan of Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess. I love what they offer the world through literature. I have read everything by Kwame and have loved it all. I am constantly amazed how beautifully he can express feelings and ideas...

    *If you can get a hold of the audiobook, I highly recommend it. This story is best heard from Kwame Alexander himself. (And the jazz cuts between chapters are lovely.) On the surface, Swing is another coming-of-age love story. Boy loves girl but girl has a boyfriend. Boy wants to te...

    I read an ARC via NetGalley. Kwame Alexander is a fabulous writer whose prose are intelligent and engaging. Walt (AKA Swing) and Noah are lovelorn high school boys who are passionate about many things, including baseball, jazz, art, and ladies. While neither boy is great at baseball, t...

    Virtuoso Kwame Alexander again reminds me that a flowery vocabulary isn't necessary to reach in and grab someone by their soul, force them to take note. This story of two teen boys trying to hug life and find cool is hilarious at times, infuriating at times, and arresting throughout, n...

    Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess have another hit on their hands. Noah and Walt are high school juniors who want to fit in. Walt has decided he is gong to make the varsity baseball team their senior year and works hard to make it happen. Noah is carrying a torch for his long-time bes...

    I don't know how Kwame / Mary do this? Pack so much into a book with few words. Nothing is lacking, not character development, not storyline, and definitely not emotion. This story schools us all in jazz, art, and life. We all need reminders to "Hug Life" and keep striving and working ...

    As much as I want to say this one "hit it out of the park," that is both a cliche and a bad pun for the book, but it really did. Kwame Alexander is such a poetic storyteller. He uses the format of writing in verse to tell the story, and while sports plays a role in each story, it's a s...

    The story line felt really disjointed compared to his other stuff. The "plot" was scattered, the ending felt forced and unncessary kind of like it was trying to fit in with the "police violence / racial profiling / black lives matter" issues that have become more and more prevalent in ...

  • Ms. Gennarelli
    Dec 11, 2018

    3.5 stars for this one, much to love but also much that could have been left out for the story to come alive more. The ending while heart wrenching came out of nowhere and seemed like it didn?t fit. It will be interesting to see how my students react to this one. ...

    I just finished listening to the audiobook, and if you have the chance to do the same, I highly recommend it! Author Kwame Alexander reads it himself and brings the story to life, and I loved the jazz music played in between chapters. I am still in a state of shock from the heartbreaki...

    Kwame Alexander is a gift to YA literature. He brings readers like me, a middle aged white adult, to a world I know only from the media, making me feel like I was part of Noah?s community. For teenage YA readers, his books have wider appeal, including for reluctant readers who have y...

    Music, art, poetry, baseball, love, and war make this YA novel in verse unique. Noah has been in love with one of his best friends for a while, and he is inspired to start creating found art love poems for her after finding some love letters from the 60s. His other best friend Walt, ak...

    Swing is one of those novels that you won't soon forget. While I really enjoy novels told in verse form, I can't say that I've gotten lost in the story quite as much as I did here. The development of the story is slow but thoughtful, helping you to fully connect to all the characters i...

    This book had a lot going against it for my particular reading tastes: I rarely like YA that is focused a lot on romance, I rarely like verse novels that aren?t based on a highly tense/ emotional plots (this novel has emotional events but the story itself isn?t that emotional), and...

    This is One of those times that I Realize Some books that Are written in verse Would be way More powerful and Less disjointed narratives If they were In another Format. The forced Ending Didn't help matters With my rating. ...

    Have you ever been best friends with someone but you really want to move past the friend zone into something more? Noah, Walt, and Sam have been best friends for as long as they can remember. Noah has feelings for Sam that go way past the best friend zone, but Sam only has eyes for the...

    They do it again!! I?m always amazed that Kwame & Mary evoke such depth of emotion from so few words. This book is full of memorable characters and will leave you changed. At one point in the story I did think there were too many plot points happening that diluted the stor...

    Took me some time to get the back and forth of dialogue in verse, especially when more than 2 characters were involved. A bit of a slow start, but once invested in the characters, I finished this book quickly. Not my favorite Kwame Alexander. The ending was BAM. ...

    3.5 ? 3.5 ?? ...more ...

  • Jake Miller
    Dec 14, 2018

    3.5 stars for this one, much to love but also much that could have been left out for the story to come alive more. The ending while heart wrenching came out of nowhere and seemed like it didn?t fit. It will be interesting to see how my students react to this one. ...

    I just finished listening to the audiobook, and if you have the chance to do the same, I highly recommend it! Author Kwame Alexander reads it himself and brings the story to life, and I loved the jazz music played in between chapters. I am still in a state of shock from the heartbreaki...

    Kwame Alexander is a gift to YA literature. He brings readers like me, a middle aged white adult, to a world I know only from the media, making me feel like I was part of Noah?s community. For teenage YA readers, his books have wider appeal, including for reluctant readers who have y...

    Music, art, poetry, baseball, love, and war make this YA novel in verse unique. Noah has been in love with one of his best friends for a while, and he is inspired to start creating found art love poems for her after finding some love letters from the 60s. His other best friend Walt, ak...

    Swing is one of those novels that you won't soon forget. While I really enjoy novels told in verse form, I can't say that I've gotten lost in the story quite as much as I did here. The development of the story is slow but thoughtful, helping you to fully connect to all the characters i...

    This book had a lot going against it for my particular reading tastes: I rarely like YA that is focused a lot on romance, I rarely like verse novels that aren?t based on a highly tense/ emotional plots (this novel has emotional events but the story itself isn?t that emotional), and...

  • Crystal (theleisurelibrary)
    Jan 08, 2019

    3.5 stars for this one, much to love but also much that could have been left out for the story to come alive more. The ending while heart wrenching came out of nowhere and seemed like it didn?t fit. It will be interesting to see how my students react to this one. ...

    I just finished listening to the audiobook, and if you have the chance to do the same, I highly recommend it! Author Kwame Alexander reads it himself and brings the story to life, and I loved the jazz music played in between chapters. I am still in a state of shock from the heartbreaki...

    Kwame Alexander is a gift to YA literature. He brings readers like me, a middle aged white adult, to a world I know only from the media, making me feel like I was part of Noah?s community. For teenage YA readers, his books have wider appeal, including for reluctant readers who have y...

    Music, art, poetry, baseball, love, and war make this YA novel in verse unique. Noah has been in love with one of his best friends for a while, and he is inspired to start creating found art love poems for her after finding some love letters from the 60s. His other best friend Walt, ak...

    Swing is one of those novels that you won't soon forget. While I really enjoy novels told in verse form, I can't say that I've gotten lost in the story quite as much as I did here. The development of the story is slow but thoughtful, helping you to fully connect to all the characters i...

    This book had a lot going against it for my particular reading tastes: I rarely like YA that is focused a lot on romance, I rarely like verse novels that aren?t based on a highly tense/ emotional plots (this novel has emotional events but the story itself isn?t that emotional), and...

    This is One of those times that I Realize Some books that Are written in verse Would be way More powerful and Less disjointed narratives If they were In another Format. The forced Ending Didn't help matters With my rating. ...

    Have you ever been best friends with someone but you really want to move past the friend zone into something more? Noah, Walt, and Sam have been best friends for as long as they can remember. Noah has feelings for Sam that go way past the best friend zone, but Sam only has eyes for the...

    They do it again!! I?m always amazed that Kwame & Mary evoke such depth of emotion from so few words. This book is full of memorable characters and will leave you changed. At one point in the story I did think there were too many plot points happening that diluted the stor...

    Took me some time to get the back and forth of dialogue in verse, especially when more than 2 characters were involved. A bit of a slow start, but once invested in the characters, I finished this book quickly. Not my favorite Kwame Alexander. The ending was BAM. ...

    3.5 ? 3.5 ?? ...more ...

    unfortunately couldn't really get into this one ...

    The poetic rhythm and the figurative language in this story are amazing. It was so enjoyable to read all of the fun facts and allusions that are included. The combination of jazz, baseball, and poetry made for a fascinating mix in this story of friendship and love. However, the overall...

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I can't even tell you guys how excited I was to get an ARC of this one. I ADORE Kwame Alexander's work, and I wasn't disappointed. Swing is one part romance, one part coming-of-age, one part social comment...

    Newbery Award winner, Kwame Alexander, along with Mary Rand Hess has written and illustrated an awesome realistic fiction novel about the intersections of baseball, jazz, life and love. Noah and Walt have been friends since grade school. Walt (Swing) is crazy about baseball and jazz; N...

    Swing is both a hit and a miss for me. The narrative tended to focus more on the things I didn't care as much for (Noah's crush on Sam primarily) and not on the things I really loved - namely Swing and taking about music and art. While Noah is rather bland in many respects, Swing was a...

    This was going to be a five-star book until the sudden ending. Walt is probably my favorite character Kwame Alexander has written? he?s hilarious, passionate, and speaks in motivational posters and tweet-sized obituaries. I liked seeing his impact on Noah and following their respec...

    **Book Review** Swing by Kwame Alexander Rating: ??? (3 Stars) -- Swing by Kwame Alexander is one of the books on my January TBR List. I had not heard of this book until I was browsing my local library's selection of audiobooks. I ran across this one and thought, "YES! This l...