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Solitary (Solitary Tales #1)

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  961 ratings  ·  188 reviews
His Loneliness Will Soon Turn to Fear….When Chris Buckley moves to Solitary, North Carolina, he faces the reality of his parents’ divorce, a school full of nameless faces—and Jocelyn Evans. Jocelyn is beautiful and mysterious enough to leave Chris speechless. But the more Jocelyn resists him, the more the two are drawn together.Chris soon learns that Jocelyn has secrets as ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by David C. Cook
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I picked this up as either a Kindle freebie or a cheapie. It looked interesting and I like young adult novels as much as anything else.


This one wasn't for me. The story follows Chris Buckley and his mother, who move back to her hometown of Solitary, North Carolina, after Chris' parents divorce. He falls in love with a girl at school who has secrets, and comes to understand nearly everyone in town has secrets - and most of them are dark.

Sounds good, right?

But there were a few issues. The edi
Kindle freebie. Many people like this book a lot. After the ending, it just made me mad. Chris and his mom mover to her home town after his parents divorce. It quickly becomes apparent that something is wrong with this town of Solitary and Chris quickly falls for Jocelyn. Chris is bullied and warned to get out of town, stay away from Jocelyn, etc. etc. Weird spooky things happen to him, the town is full of secrets. And the book does not end well. Its supposed to be christian fiction and there is ...more
Danielle Mellott
Did I just get saved?

The book, overall, was good. It was engrossing and fast-paced, and I managed to finish it in one day. But the end was frustrating and a little confusing. (spoliers)

1) So many little subplots were left unanswered. I know it's a series, but I don't even know if I want to bother. This book wound up leaving me unsatisfied. I can't imagine investing another few hundred pages.

2) Somewhere along the line,this took a religious turn. I know it's slightly hypocritical that a book on a
Jill Williamson
Review by Jill Williamson

Chris Buckley moves to Solitary, North Carolina. His mom has divorced his dad and they are on their own, living in a tiny cabin in the woods. That’s a little weird for Chris, having lived in the suburbs of Chicago, but worse is having to make new friends at a school where no one seems to look at anyone. What’s with this crazy town, anyway?

Then Chris meets Jocelyn and everything changes. He makes it his life goal to get to know her better, but she’s mysterious as well and
Sixteen year old Chris Buckley moves to a new town after the divorce of his parents. While he struggles with the disintegration of his family, he must now adjust to a new school with new classmates, new teachers and expectations from all that he blend in and not cause a stir. Add to this the fact that his mother is not handling the divorce very well and has taken to drinking herself into a stupor on quite a few occasions. But there is something weird and creepy about the whole town, everyone see ...more
Oct 15, 2010 Crystal rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone!
My first thoughts of wanting to read this book were correct. I went on an amazing ride during this one. Travis Thrasher seems to channel Stephen King, Ted Dekker, Frank Peretti and other great authors, yet he keeps his novels true to him. I hate comparing authors to other authors because it sounds like they don’t have their own voice. This is not what I mean when I do this with Travis Thrasher. I think I do it more to share that if you like certain authors you might like his books. But if you do ...more
Matt Schiariti
It's been a while since I read a Travis Thrasher novel (that being Isolation nearly three years ago do the day). Honestly I downloaded this one to my kindle because it was a free download of the day sort of thing. It's been sitting on my beloved e reader for a few months as I've been reading books by favorite authors, new authors, favorite series, etc.

Being in a horror mood and having just finished a Scott Nicholson novel (Liquid should read his books..seriously)I found this sitting in
Vanya D.
I received this book to review from Netgalley. I loved every sentence of it, every word, every letter. It took me on a journey full of grotesque secrets, unbelievable mysteries and fear that cannot be described properly with words. It showed me that nothing is accomplished easily in life, not the bad, and certainly not the good. It taught me that even if evil does win a battle, love is always there to shine through it; that even in the darkest of times, hope comes around for those who have faith ...more
Jeff Black
This book is difficult to rate. First of all, I don't like creepy books or movies so I didn't want to finish this book. The thing is I couldn't put it down either. I hated this so much at the end but I couldn't say that it was horrible. The book left me depressed and anger and any book that can do that is super good. So this rating is definitely going to be hard to do. So the solution is I'm going to leave it un-stared............. Harsh I know but what can I do..... mixed feelings here.
I just finished “Solitary” by Travis Thrasher, and I have to tell you, I am very thankful that I waited and did not read this book when it was first released. Why? Because I would have had to wait months or even a year to read the second book, and I would have hated to be in suspense for that long!
Chris Buckley is a new kid in a new school, transplanted by way of his parents divorce into Solitary, North Carolina (which is where I feel like I live sometimes, by the way. I do live in small-town
I don't know what to think about this one. I liked it more during the beginning but now I just don't know. It's big on mystery but nothing gets explained. I realize this is the first in a series but if a series starts off leaving readers in the dark, why would they want to continue? I'm not entirely curious about what's to come next. I liked the protagonist, Chris. He seems like a good kid wanting to do what he can to help those in need. He's funny, smart but also a little naive. His love intere ...more
Clockstein Lockstein
Solitary by Travis Thrasher is the first in the Solitary Tales series. Chris Buckley's life has been turned upside down by his parents' divorce. Forced to leave his friends behind in his hometown of Chicago, he moves to Solitary, North Carolina with his mother where they live in the cabin his uncle disappeared from several months ago. In school and town, Chris is made to feel like an outsider when people glare at him and he is threatened by the school bullies. He thinks that he may have found a ...more
Lara Hulzen
Thriller. Suspense. Page-Turner. Any one of these can be used to describe the book, Solitary.

When Chris moves to Solitary, North Carolina with his mom to start a new life after a nasty divorce, he learns quickly that everything around him is not quite right. He falls almost immediately in love with a girl at school named Jocelyn. Everyone in town warns him to stay away from her, but no one will tell him exactly why.

The town bully won’t leave Chris alone, and a kid named Ray invites him to church
My rating: 4.5 stars

The first book in The Solitary Tales series starts off right away with an attention gripping preface and while the main plot doesn't begin to show until partway through, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the whole book!

I think Solitary was well written, easy to read, and definitely entertaining! The characters were enjoyable and I liked how the book was written in the first person.

I thought a couple of things in Solitary were weird - like the dog with glowing eyes, the voice from
This book was a bit different than many of the young adult ones out there. Sometimes this was for the better, while other times, it wasn’t quite so lucky.
The best part of the novel is the tension that flows throughout the pages. There is a real sense of pacing that keeps the reader turning the pages. There are also many truly frightening moments, which are not as easy to write as people think. Many times I found myself looking around my room as I read at night, wondering if I really was alone.
Joshua Rollins
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Amanda G. Stevens
SOLITARY is basically a Christian horror story, except it isn't. The scariest aspect of this novel lies in its lack of fantasy. Huge contrast to most horror stories, in which the villain has superhuman strength and eighty-seven lives, but the "heroes" could still maybe survive if they used a fleck of common sense. In SOLITARY, the villain is ... a town? A religion? A group of people following that religion? The group leader? Demons themselves? All of the above, apparently (at the end, the reader ...more
Scary, Thriller, Rebellious

When Chris Buckley’s parents split, he sides with his mother, and they move to Solitary to live in his uncle’s cabin. In the cabin, it appears that Chris’s uncle walked out of his life without taking any of his possessions. At school, as the new kid, Chris attracts attention of girls and the resident bully, while strange things go on all over town. When he meets Jocelyn he looses his heart, but she suggests that things are not what they seem.

This book is written from
This series of books was actually mostly written for the teen audience. These are beautiful tales showing the coming to and journey to redemption. Classics of Good and Evil. I am way past teenage, but I really loved Solitary. I am looking forward to finding what happens in the final 3 volumes. Some might find these books on the creepy side, but they were tame to me compared to some other reviews. I think this would depend on your mindset. I really loved Chris's Character in resisting temptation ...more
Meridyth Harrison
I was as confused as the main character the whole time as to what was going on in this little NC town. And it was never really clear except for a few sightings of rituals and people in cloaks. Just a lot of 'you had better be careful' kind of warnings all throughout the book. Then in the end, this character comes out of nowhere and tells him that he can save the girl, only to find out that he didn't. It seems that the author got bored in the end and killed the girl, then ended the s
A very mysterious read. The story is about Chris a young 16 year old moving into the town of Solitary with him mom after their recent divorce. Chris does not get to a very good start. He is not wanted in this town and when he becomes interested in Jocelyn, he gets warned to stay away from her. What makes this book so good is all the mystery behind what is happening and the secrets that are kept. Who do you trust. This is a christian book, however, Chris is not a christian and he is indifferent t ...more
Chris is the new kid in town in a place called Solitary. The town is appropriately named, because Chris feels extremely isolated and alone. Things change when Chris becomes mesmerized with beautiful Jocelyn. Then, he has everyone's attention,l but it is not the kind he wants.

This story was too dark for my tastes and seemed to step over the line a bit on what is an appropriate book for a Christian teen audience.
This book would have been great if the author had answered just ONE of the many questions he asked in the story... and abrupt ending with no answer at all just irritates me.
I think this book was trying to turn me christian but disguising itself as a ghost story. And it needed a good proofreading.
Well that's a messed up town. I thought it would work out in the end but guess I was wrong.
Yeah, I don't know how to feel about this one. Way too much slow build-up in the first half of the book, to the point where, once it started getting interesting, I wondered what all the build-up was for. I seriously considered abandoning it many times, and I'm still not sure what kept me going. And then, at the end, I feel like it wasn't a complete novel. I mean, I totally get authors who plan series, but I still maintain that each book in a series should stand on its own to a certain extent, ra ...more
Chris Buckley’s parents have divorced and he’s chosen to return, with his Mom, to her birthplace of Solitary, NC. On his first day of school, he’s greeted by three girls. One of them, Jocelyn, is the most beautiful thing he has ever seen. Not long thereafter, Chris starts getting messages and warnings to stay away from her. And, he makes the mistake of sticking up for a bullied kid, which makes him the target of said bully, Gus, who happens to be the only child of the richest man in town. Chris ...more
Aug 18, 2010 Theresa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teens through Adult
Recommended to Theresa by: FIRST
This was one creepy page turner! I have never read anything by Travis Thrasher, and after reading this one, I'm going to be looking for more works by him.

The storyline takes place in a small town in North Carolina called Solitary. When 16 year old Chris Buckley moves to Solitary with his mother after his parents divorce, he was not accepted. At first he thought it was because he was the new kid, but found that something much, much darker was at work there. The Solitary residents held a secret th
Aug 18, 2010 Molly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone; all teens; suspense and horror lovers
Recommended to Molly by: FIRST
Travis Thrasher is an excellent novelist. Having read only one other book by him, Broken, I was anxious to dive into another of his books, and while this was a YA novel, it did not disappoint. Thrasher creates a story with an incredible seasoned author's talent, and I'm truly glad to be hooked on his novels now!

Solitary is set in none other than my lovely state of North Carolina and is filled with depth-lending characters and truth of what an out-casted or lonely teenager who's new in town migh
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