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Solitaire by Alice Oseman

Incase 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.


The story  starts out introducing Tori, a high school student and blogger who prefers to be on her own, with her laptop. She doesn’t have a very close relationship with the members of her family, except from her brothers, who she seems to enjoy being around.

One day in her school she discovers a post it not, leading her to the counter suite where she finds a mysterious blog called Solitaire. 

After she discovers the site, the anonymous creator of Solitaire begins pulling pranks at the school, what is even more mysterious is that Tori discovers throughout the book that these pranks seem to have some significance to her.

On the book cover says, “this is not a love story” which is mostly true, it’s really not a romantic book, however there is a very subtle romance which doesn’t at all overpower the storyline. 

I loved Michael Holden, his character was great, witty, awkward and a really refreshing character to read.

The MC, Tori, is a very pessimistic person, she is very cynical. However. she’s also relatable to I imagine a lot of people, but I can understand if the “negative teen” character might not be for you. 

The book addresses some serious topics, the biggest being depression. Tori suffers from depression, and the story follows her as she comes to terms with it and accepts support from her surrounding family and friends. 

The story touches on other topics we face as growing up, losing friends and drifting apart from people. There is a touch on eating disorders to, from Tori’s outside POV. 

I love how Alice’s book are always dry diverse and represent different types of people and problems, it is so refreshing to see books like hers in the YA market. 

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