Solitaire - Alice Oseman
By Alice Oseman
July 31st 2014 by Harper Collins Children's Books UK
Just one book I have in my cupboard.
5 out of 5 stars.
Solitaire is a story about a teenagers Victoria Spring and Michael Holden. About their relationship, how they grow and their struggles. Join them as they figure out who is behind the new mysterious blog "Solitaire" that is terrorizing their school.
Solitaire is extremely relatable. It draws you in and you instantly feel a connection with the main character Victoria Springs (Tori). She is a sixteen year old girl at an all girls school, Harvey Greene (Higgs). She believes that it is better to be alone but as she soon finds, everyone needs someone. And after a chance meeting in a room, that is what Michael Holden becomes.
3 Things I Liked About Solitaire
- The speed of the relationships are very realistic. It's not cliche, ah boy meets girl and fall in love within 3 days, or what seems like 3 days. It isn't rushed. The relationship grows in a realistic fairly normal time span.
- Both main characters are fearless in their own way. They both do not care about the opinion the world has of them. They are just themselves which is very inspring to readers.
- The way the book touches on mental illness. In Victoria's case and Michael's too, it is gradual. At first the reader doesn't fully understand if something is wrong, however you do get the sense throughout the book. Just like in most cases in real life. It's hard to tell.
I got so attached to Tori that as I was reading at certain sentences and paragraphs it felt like it was me in the book, I was in Tori's place. Literally. The book overall made me happy and by the end of it I had a feel good moment. Even at serious and sad parts, I still rooted for Tori to come out the other end okay. Solitaire is a must read for fans of YA novels and hopefully when you finish reading it, you'll have a feel good moment too. :) :) :)
Verdict: 5 out of 5 stars
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