Review: Solitaire by Alice Oseman



In case you’re wondering, this is not a love story.

My name is Tori Spring. I like to sleep and I like to blog. Last year – before all that stuff with Charlie and before I had to face the harsh realities of A-Levels and university applications and the fact that one day I really will have to start talking to people – I had friends. Things were very different, I guess, but that’s all over now.

Now there’s Solitaire. And Michael Holden.

I don’t know what Solitaire are trying to do, and I don’t care about Michael Holden.

I really don’t.

This incredible debut novel by outstanding young author Alice Oseman is perfect for fans of John Green, Rainbow Rowell and all unflinchingly honest writers.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was one of those books that just gripped me, and I managed to get through it in two days, around college, homework, and helping out at an open day. I really liked both Tori and Michael’s characters. Tori had such a dark opinion of life and the people around her, which was so different from most other main characters in books I’ve read that it was refreshing. I also felt that I could relate to her in a way, as she often preferred to stay at home by herself watching movies and blogging to going out with friends. Michael, on the other hand, is one of those people who is always smiling and doesn’t seem to care what other people think of him, and I always enjoy reading about people like that. I felt that their two different personalities balanced each other out. I also quite enjoyed that for once there wasn’t random romance just thrown into the book. I feel like a lot of non-romance books have romance thrown in where it isn’t needed, and I like romance, but sometimes its nice to read stuff without the unnecessary romance in it, so I was really glad that this book didn’t have that. I mean, there was a bit of romance at the end, but it didn’t break up the story so I was okay with it.

There were bits of this book that I found easy to guess what was going to happen, but as I’m usually really bad at being able to guess what’s coming, it didn’t bother me that much. In fact, it made me feel quite satisfied. Well, okay, it was only the one bit I managed to guess but I still felt quite satisfied.

I also enjoyed this book because I could identify with Tori a bit in the fact that we would both rather stay at home on tumblr, or just generally be alone, than go to parties or go out with large groups of people. Although Tori doesn’t like reading, whereas I do, so I don’t find her 100% relatable. (Just on a random side note, whenever I read a book about someone who doesnt like reading, I always find myself wishing that I could tell them that they are in a book just to see how they would react…)

I would recommend this book to lovers of YA contemporaries, and to those who don’t want too much romance in a book. Also, if you are into mysteries and pranks then definitely read this book.

My rating: ★★★★☆

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