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3.56  ·  Rating details ·  11,718 ratings  ·  2,480 reviews
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 th
Paperback, 392 pages
Published May 3rd 2018 by HarperCollins (first published July 31st 2014)
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Alice Oseman
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Hi! I highly recommend you check out the content warnings before reading this book:

As of August 2020, I am currently in the process of making editorial changes to SOLITAIRE.

This is my first published book! I wrote it in 2012 when I was seventeen. It features:
- a protagonist battling undiagnosed depression with self-deprecating jokes and learning to find joy in the world
- an eccentric speed skater who likes solving mysteries but doesn't have any friends
- two ve
This book was pretty damn bad, but my review for it was also hot rambling garbage. Let me just be succinct: if you're looking to read the Oseman backlog, don't bother with this one. It's not worth it.
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: underrated, owned, 2015, queer
“But books–they’re different. When you watch a film, you’re sort of an outsider looking in. With a book–you’re right there. You are inside. You are the main character.”

4.5/5 stars

I first heard about Solitaire on Tumblr. I've been following Alice Oseman ever since and I desperately wanted to read her novel. So when I finally, finally! found it at the library I think I maybe made some loud joyful sound and hugged it...yeah.

I loved Solitaire from the beginning. I couldn't wait to read about all the
Just because someone smiles doesn’t mean that they’re happy.

This isn’t a book about happy people. I don’t even think this book was made for happy people, they would dislike it, say everything inside this book is utter bullshit. But it isn’t. It’s the absolute truth.

This book broke me, I think I’m reading it at the exact right moment in my life. 16-year-old me wouldn’t have liked it all that much, she would have sympathised with the characters, but she wouldn’t have understood them like 21-year-o
Well in case you forgot this was her debut novel how can you expect her one the biggest fan ( me) to dislike it ???❤️
Lily ☁️
2 1/2 stars. Oh, what a difference two years make …


3 1/2 stars
You can find my review here on my blog!

me: [hands out one- and two-star ratings to books everyone loves]
also me: [finally likes a book … its top reviews are mostly one and two star ratings]


“My name is Victoria Spring. I think you should know that I make up a lot of stuff in my head and then get sad about it. I like to sleep and I like to blog. I am going to die someday.” (I am Victoria, Victoria is me.)

🌈 buddy read with a gold
Lea (drumsofautumn)
I really wanted to write a very detailed, slightly objective review of this but honestly I'm realizing I just can't. I thought this book was super problematic so I'm just gonna word vomit.
FIRST OF ALL big ass trigger warnings for suicide/suicidal thoughts, self-harm and eating disorders. Pretty sure there's more so please be very aware and feel free to ask me if you want to know about any specific ones!

I know the main character is relatable for many and I hope that any of you who read this will
✨    jamieson   ✨
I think this is one of those books you either love or hate the reviews seem very polarising - I'm not sure exactly where I sit yet. I know I did enjoy it overall, mostly because of the writing style. I love Alice Oseman's writing, it flows so well you just get so caught up in it and I think she writes teenagers incredibly well.

I didn't love this anywhere near as close as I loved Radio Silence, but also this is Alice's debut, and I think it's nice to see how much she's grown and improved.

I know
Emer (A Little Haze)
Lol no.

This book has such inflated notions of itself but the execution is abysmal.

The MC Tori is supposed to be this sad and chronically depressed person that as a reader we are supposed to empathise with... But instead she's just a judgmental jerk! Honestly there's a difference between writing legitimate anxiety and depression versus general teenage malaise at life...
And sadly this book got both things wrong. *smh Solitaire*
Look I get what the aims were, but Oseman did not craft her MC well
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this after i read Radio Silence but i wish I'd read it first.
The two books are set in the same world just a couple years apart and there are a lot of nods to this in Radio Silence.
That being said i think i did enjoy Solitaire more, the character was more relatable to me and i found myself far more interested in the major plot points of this story.
Once again Alice's writing is great and I think this is a great story for a younger generation.
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition


I have a feeling I may just be way too worldly for this book. I mean, I'm old now. It's been a while since I was a teenager. But I guess my main beef with Solitaire is that, okay, sure its important for YA books to be relatable for the teenage audience it's aimed at, but that doesn't mean that it's okay for books to perpetuate harmful behaviours and attitudes and call it "brutally honest".

I know Alice Oseman was only what, seventeen when she wrote this. And, honestly? That's great. Howeve
Aug 28, 2014 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-arc, arc
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I stopped reading this book at 27%.

Let's talk about Solitaire

In the book, Solitaire is some kind of blog/prankster group. We learn pretty quickly that their blog URL is . My first thought (which continued to bug me throughout the book) was: "There's no way this domain name would be available." I'm pretty sure every non-obscure dictionary word is taken at this point (at least with the original and most common TLDs, like .com, .net,
April (Aprilius Maximus)
TW: self-harm, suicidal thoughts, eating disorder triggers.

I had a lot of problems with this book, but since I am currently on holidays, I will go into more depth at a later date!
Emily May
I found the writing awkward and stilted. Couldn't finish.
Zitong Ren
From what I know, this is Alice Oseman’s Debut novel, and compared to her other books that I have read of hers, which are Radio Silence and I Was Born For This, this book does not live up to the quality of those two books. I was excited to start this one since I loved those two books and comparing these two to this book is that I can certainly say that she has improved greatly as a writer.

Now, I’m not one that reads many contemporary novels, and as such, I may be sprouting absolute rubbish in my
Alexandra ☁
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
I read this in 3 days. I don't do that. It's a thing that doesn't happen.

Alice Oseman, we stan.
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Book #5 for The Reading Rush: Read someone's debut novel.

I really, really enjoyed this one! It was such a quick and well-written read and I'm so glad I put it on my tbr for the readathon!

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Anna (Enchanted by YA)
To go into a book with no expectations and then come out disappointed is an impressive feat. But not a good one.
The writing may have been relateable but the protagonist was not. By the end of the book I honest to god couldn't stand her and it made what could have been an interesting book with powerful messages, painful to read.
Lauren ✨ (TheBookishTwins)
"There comes a point, though, when you can't keep looking after other people anymore. You have to start looking after yourself."

Solitaire is a refreshing and brutally honest realistic fiction written by a teenager (Alice Oseman is only nineteen) for teenagers so it's totally and utterly relatable.

You know what I loved the most about Solitaire? Tori. Whilst she's cynical, sarcastic and rather mentally troubled, she's real and it's great to read and see her develop and I loved every second of it.
Natalie (Never trust a duck)
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I quite honestly really really really enjoyed this book. Honestly. Solitaire was a major win.

Get it? XD

When the synopsis says it is "unflinchingly honest", it speaks the truth. Alice Oseman wrote a brilliant contemporary. Though I wouldn't expect anything else from a fellow 90s child. ;)

This book is hard to explain. I went into it knowing merely what it has printed on the cover, "This is the story of...Tori. Michae
Xandra (StarrySkyBooks)
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: study
I definitely have a lot of different things to say about this book... but I'm just not sure how to put it into words.

4 Stars

Solitaire is a unique, thought-provoking, and immersive YA story – one that captures the genuine highs and lows of the high school experience and takes a deeper look at the affects that mental health problems (both acknowledged and unacknowledged) can have on teenagers, including issues relating to depression, anxiety and eating disorders.

Now, that all sounds a bit on the heavy side, but I promise it’s not all doom and gloom. In fact, even with the themes surrounding mental health, which
Julie Zantopoulos
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
There are parts of this story that I don't love, I'll be the first to admit that Solitaire's reveal was less than ideal and super crappy. Also, the absent parents of two teens who clearly need them more involved sucked out loud. But, I still really did enjoy other themes and discussions that took place. It's a hard story to read at times but I do think that portraying depression, stress, anxiety, and hopelessness is important for teens.

CW: disordered eating, suicide attempts, suicidal thoughts,
Just finished my first book for this week's Read-A-Thon with the Goodreads Inspired Read-A-Thon -group :)
3.5 stars!

I already read Alice Oseman's Radio Silence and really enjoyed it, so I decided to give her debut a try as well. I must admit that I liked Radio Silence more, but I take this as an evidence that she clearly has developed as an author.

What impresses me most about her books is clearly her writing style. I think she manages to capture a teenager's thoughts ver
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stand-alones, ukya
Beautifully realistic and relatable. Alice Oseman is an author to watch.
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i,, honestly don’t know what to think of this book?? it was so much different from what i thought it would be but i still mostly enjoyed it.

i’ll have to think about it a bit more and give it a rating later!!
Jan 12, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, books
If I could give this book minus stars I would.

There's no plot, just a list of references with a whole lot of diet lemonade to fill in the spaces between.

DNF'd at 51% because
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

“I don’t want people to be worried about me. There’s nothing to worry about. I don’t want people to try and understand why I’m the way I am, because I should be the first person to understand that. And I don’t understand yet. I don’t want people to interfere. I don’t want people in my head, picking out this and that, permanently picking up the broken pieces of me.”


Going into this book, I was very excited to read this. I love Marina and the Diamonds and this seem
t o m (T.J. Reads the Stars)
Where do I even begin...?

If nothing else, this book is testament to how far Alice Oseman has grown as a writer. I had reasonably low expectations, but even so, this book was such a massive disappointment. Although I enjoyed the writing, I thought that this book was poorly plotted, inconsistently paced, the main characters were severely under-developed, and the that the mental illness representation (depression and eating disorders) was extremely juvenile.

Such a massive shame, but I am so glad th
Lizzy Reads
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tori Spring is a self-claimed pessimist, she likes to blog and sleep. She hates school and she has a group of friends who she doesn't feel like she fits anymore. She finds everything to become harder all of sudden, her brother Charlie had really hard time last year with mental health and she has helped him to recover. All these things have made Tori distant to her friends and she doesn't really like school not to mention how much it stresses her out.
She meets a weird and mysterious boy called Mi
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Alice Oseman is an author/illustrator and was born in 1994 in Kent, England. She has written four YA contemporary novels about teenage disasters: SOLITAIRE, RADIO SILENCE, I WAS BORN FOR THIS, and LOVELESS. She is also the creator of LGBTQ+ YA romance webcomic HEARTSTOPPER, which is now published in physical form by Hachette Children's Books.

Alice’s first novel SOLITAIRE was published when she was

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