Review of Solitaire by Alice Oseman

By: Alice Oseman
Release Date: March 30th 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:

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.

My Thoughts:
Solitaire was not my typical genre and I’d honestly never heard of it prior to receiving a copy to review. I thought I’d start it and see if I could get wrapped up in the story and writing and found that it was easy to get absorbed in. The prose seemed a tad awkward and choppy at times but I felt that it helped express Tory, the main character’s, personality and voice.

Tory will appeal to some but annoy others. She is a negative, pessimistic lead character and if you’ve not shared her thought patterns you might find her to be whiney. I tend to drift to the negative side myself so a lot of how she felt I could relate too, especially when recalling those emotional teen years. I felt that her voice and attitude were realistic. Was she likeable though? Not always.

I think what really kept me invested in this book was the character of Michael Holden. For some reason I thought he was adorable and the most interesting of all the characters in the book. I loved that he had such a random personality. He was a great foil to Tory’s character and I thought their scenes together were the highlight of the book. Michael was wonderfully quirky and his character kept me reading even when the storyline was less engaging.

The other people in Tory’s life were nicely explored and I felt that each had much more depth than we were shown throughout the novel. Everyone felt three dimensional which gave the book depth. Really, Solitaire was a character driven novel so don’t expect a mystery/thriller. I was underwhelmed with the big Solitaire reveal and felt that the ending was a bit lackluster. Regardless of this the pacing, characters and story could easily be made into a successful movie and I found it easy to picture as such as I read.

In summary…
Solitaire went outside of my typical genre comfort zone but I’m happy that I read it. I enjoyed the story for the most part and though the lead character was incredibly negative I still found her cynicism funny and her interactions with the other characters well done.

My February To Read Pile

January is behind us and now it’s the month of love- February. I ended up reading 12 books in January and I’d love to read that many again this month but I’m going to keep my reading pile smaller than that. I don’t want to cause unnecessary stress on myself.



I had to start The Heart of Betrayal immediately upon receiving it because I’ve been waiting forever and I’m not patient. I’m about 50 pages from the end so it’s cheating a bit to have it on the list but whatever. It’s been amazing- maybe even better than the first book.

I am about half-way into Invaded and sadly I’m not loving it. I’ve been tempted to DNF but I’ll keep trying for a tiny bit more. Solitaire looks to be different than my norm and was unsolicited but I’m going to give it a shot. The Storyspinner doesn’t release all that soon but I know I’ll not be able to wait to read it much longer.

I’ve started Magonia, Illusionaruim and A Wicked Thing but haven’t made much progress on any of them. I hope to read them all this month too.

I’m really excited about the posts I’ve got planned this month. I have 3 interviews this month:

  • Interview with Melinda Salisbury author of The Sin Eater’s Daughter-first week of February
  • Interview with Becky Wallace author of The Storyspinner-second week of February
  • I’ll be participating in 12 Days of Fictional Swooning Hop- February 13th
  • Interview with Karen Bao author of Dove Arising– end of February

What do you plan to read this month?