Contemporary, Review, Young Adult

Solitaire | Alice Oseman

Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books
Published: 31/07/2014
Genre: Young Adult. Contemporary.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis (Goodreads)
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.

I managed to devour Solitaire in only one sitting and boy was it a rollercoaster of a ride. I am yet to read a YA novel that captures teen life and it’s problems as well as this one does.

I loved how the relationship between Tori and her brother, Charlie, was portrayed throughout the novel. And the fact that there is very little to do with romance is like a breath of fresh air when it comes to most YA Contemporary books.

Another thing that I adored in Solitaire is all the references to modern culture and fandom related things (Harry Potter, Tumblr) – It definitely helped me connect with the characters on more of a personal level.

Overall, an outstanding first novel. I cannot wait to see what else Oseman brings out in the future. She is most definitely an author to watch.


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