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.