It is time for my review of Solitaire, by Alice Oseman.
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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.
- ok writing
- very “Tumblr” approach to teenage life, for example resentment and judgment towards people who “changed”, the notion that all your classmates/friends is being fake and secretly hate you, the “I’m clearly depressed but only the special one will notice” trope, rebelling the “system”, etc etc etc
- very unrealistic and, consequently, fake
- pretentious af
Oh boy, I don’t think I cared so little about a book in FOREVER. I was very interested in picking this up because I follow the author on Tumblr and she seems like a lovely person (and I think we share the same birthday). But unfortunately, the book itself was an utter disappointment. The main character was just the most irritating thing, she’s so pretentious and judgmental. It’s not like she’s an unlikable character, she’s just terrible. I don’t have the patient for her kind of approach and attitude. And with such a distasteful main character, I just couldn’t stop wishing for this book to end. The fact that the plot was the most unrealistic thing ever didn’t help, either. Honestly, now that I think about it, I have no idea how I even got to the end of this book.
I was excited for this and for the second book by Oseman, Radio Silence, but at this point, I’m not going to jump to it right away.
Anyone a fan of this one? Let me now please!
Until next time,