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.


  1. says

    Great review Kristen 😀 I’m glad you enjoyed this book, despite some small issues with it ;p And aw. Michael sounds awesome 😀 I’m not sure this is a book for me :p but maybe one day. <3 Thank you for sharing about it sweetie 🙂

  2. says

    I follow the author on Tumblr, and from what she’s said (and reviews I’ve read – woah, rhyming!), it looks really interesting. Not necessarily happy and fluffy, but it’s good to be taken out of my comfort zone every once in a while!

  3. says

    I haven’t tried this book but I really want to. I’m a big fan of sarcasm and cynical personalities, me being of that type. I’m sure people if they were inside my head, would find me whiney 😛

    I found it to be really interesting from the summary and it IS what I typically read, so I hope i’ll have better luck!

    • says

      Oh my gosh! I’m so whiney. And I enjoy cynical too. I hope you love it Nova! I’ll be interested to hear what you think especially since it’s a genre you frequent.

    • says

      I only picked it up since Harper sent it to me. I really had no clue what I was getting into but figured I’d give it a go. I think it went over fairly well. It was a nice change of pace for me.

  4. Tonyalee says

    It’s always nerve wracking stepping out if your comfort zone; but so rewarding when you enjoy the book.

    This one is new to me- but from the sound if Tory, I would probably enjoy it! 🙂

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