Author: Alice Oseman Publisher: Harper Collins Release Date: July 31st 2014 Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Mystery Pages: 392 ––– 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’m kind of in shock, haha. What the hell can I say about Solitaire that will give it the justice it so DESPERATELY deserves? Firstly, I’d like to say that Alice Oseman has definitely climbed that difficult ladder of my favourite authors and I would place her in the Top 3 without hesitation. I read Radio Silence first, at the beginning of the year actually, and I adored it. One of the greatest novels ever written. And I when I finally got my hands on this and read, I wasn’t surprised that it was on par with Radio Silence.
Tori Spring is a – plot twist! – awkward teenager, because god knows every teenager is perfect. She likes to sleep and blog. She doesn’t have time for friends because she doesn’t feel comfortable around them. But that’s until Michael Holden walks into her life, and drags her ex-best friend Lucas and a mysterious organisation named Solitaire with him. Her life is thrown topsy-tirvy and the book deals with how she tries to get it back on track, and to find out about Solitaire. “As far as I'm concerned, I came out of the womb spouting cynicism and wishing for rain.” For a debut author, especially in their teens, this was a breathtaking story. The characters – from Tori to Michael and Becky and Lucas and CHARLIE (I LOVE HIM SO MUCH I LITERALLY CAN’T) – were so bloody relatable!! The plot kept me intrigued the entire way through and some of the scenes with Michael were hilarious. Such an odd, eccentric character but a loveable one nonetheless…
I will read anything and I mean anything by Alice Oseman. She’s something else. If you’re reading this, I just want to say I’m loving Heartstopper so much. She goes above and beyond for her fans from her novellas to her prequel webcomics and she deserves ALL THE AWARDS AND PRAISE! ALL OF THEM.
Please go make your life better and read this book? It will change you. In a good way. 5 out of 5 stars obviouslyyyy.
Author: Alice Oseman Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books Release Date: February 25th 2016 Genre: YA, Contemporary Pages: 410
What if everything you set yourself up to be was wrong?
Frances has always been a study machine with one goal, elite university. Nothing will stand in her way; not friends, not a guilty secret – not even the person she is on the inside.
But when Frances meets Aled, the shy genius behind her favourite podcast, she discovers a new freedom. He unlocks the door to Real Frances and for the first time she experiences true friendship, unafraid to be herself. Then the podcast goes viral and the fragile trust between them is broken.
Caught between who she was and who she longs to be, Frances’ dreams come crashing down. Suffocating with guilt, she knows that she has to confront her past… She has to confess why Carys disappeared…
Meanwhile at uni, Aled is alone, fighting even darker secrets.
It’s only by facing up to your fears that you can overcome them. And it’s only by being your true self that you can find happiness.
Frances is going to need every bit of courage she has.
Okay. I don’t even know where to start with this book. Radio Silence is the story of Frances, a studious, hardworking student. When she meets Aled Last, twin brother of Carys, a girl from her past who ran away, they immediately click and realise they’re like the same person. She starts to feel closer to him than she has to anyone ever before, and vice versa in his terms. Their friendship only continues to grow and grow over their common interest in a podcast known as Universe City. That is until, the trust between them is broken after a mistake Frances unintentionally makes. I think there’s no way to pinpoint the exact moment my obsession and adoration for this piece of perfection began, but there’s been a few lines along the way that have changed. My. Life. Literally. “I just sort of want to say something before we continue. You probably think that Aled Last and I are going to fall in love or something. Since he is a boy and I am a girl. I just wanted to say – We don’t. That’s all.” Never before have I seen a book that portrays a boy-girl friendship in such a perfect way, without any hit of chemistry or sexual tension between them. I loved the fact that this book was overridden with diversity. With a bi main character (which is a very rare thing), a major demisexual character, more than one gay character and absolutely no hint of a straight couple, Oseman perfectly captures what the real life is like –– that it’s not always straight people. And the way she explores some of the character’s sexualities is done so well and I admire her for this. “I wanted so badly to ask him. But that’s the one thing you just can’t ask. You’ve just got to wait until they tell you.” Ugh, I just loved loved this book so much and I’m so sad it’s over. The diversity was not the only thing I thought was fantastic in this book. I also loved the element of mystery regarding who Radio Silence and February Friday were. I loved how Oseman really connects with this generation by including texts, and Facebook messages, and tweets and even conversations and posts on Tumblr. This book is certainly not one that I’ll be forgetting soon, and one that is without a shadow of a doubt gonna appear on my favourite books of 2017. (If it’s not there, you’ve got full entitlement to slap me across the face because I will obviously not be thinking.) I would give this book 20 stars if I could. But unfortunately, 5 is the maximum, so Alice Oseman, 5 stars is certainly what you’re going to get.