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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  53,610 ratings  ·  9,073 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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Claire I'm the opposite, I just read the 2020 version (ebook from booktopia) and can't find the original. I'm hoping someone somewhere has a side by side of …moreI'm the opposite, I just read the 2020 version (ebook from booktopia) and can't find the original. I'm hoping someone somewhere has a side by side of changes?(less)

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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
Kai Spellmeier
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: underrated, owned, 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
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. ...more
daph pink ♡
Aug 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer
So you are saying she wrote it when she was 17
Sometimes I think Alice Oseman books have captured a part of my soul that nothing else has managed to describe in exactly the right words. Her stories are streams of consciousness, explorations of identity, odes to teenage senescence. Dedicated to kids who have no idea who they are but are figuring it out together, kids who are sad and empty and lost and trying to remember where they used to fit in the world, kids who feel a little bit broken until they find the platonic soulmate who fills the g ...more
Lea (drumsofautumn)
My review is based on that edition. I have no idea of the changes that have been made recently. I'm glad for trigger warnings having been added and any potential edits that have been made. Take this review with a grain of salt for that reason though.

Also I will not be engaging with anyone in the comments about anything at all whatsoever. I am not trying to argue with people about my personal experie
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star
Wow, what a mess.

I liked Tori and her friendship with Michael, but what was this book about?
Friendship? Love? Family? Bullying? Depression? Or was it a thriller?
I honestly don't know.
I'm confused af.
“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 golden soul
Éimhear (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
Lucy Tonks
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"All I know is that I’m here. And I’m alive. And I’m not alone."

This has just become one of my favourite books. I do think that I liked Radio Silence a little bit better, but man this is right next to it. I just loved this book so much. I was a little bit hesitant going into this book since I've seen a lot of people saying that this book is not as good as Alice Oseman's other works but I personally really loved it. I know it's not a perfect book by any means, but it simply worked for me.

rein [[iM aN aLlY]]
im in love with michael holden

reread 5/3/22
im still in love with michael holden
Nov 26, 2020 rated it liked it
"There comes a point, though, when you can't keep looking after other people anymore. You have to start looking after yourself."

Solitaire is Alice Oseman's debut novel, and as such the place I decided to begin with her full length works. (I have already read some of her Heartstopper webcomic, but none of her books) I had heard pretty mediocre things about this one compared to some of her others, so decided it would be a good place to start, as to gently increase my expectations and not be too di
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.
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.
kai | 凯香
Apr 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
1.5* and the .5 is because alice’s books are always really easy to read and quick to get through which is what i wanted.
and typically i save 1 stars for books that are problematic and this one certainly is, but at least i read it fast without problem ig

aaanyway never mind the strange plot points where people keep interacting with tori and choosing to hang out with her or asking her to do stuff for them even though she treats everyone like utter trash (and no, depression and self-hatred isn’t an
Eva B.
If you want to know the truth, the Catcher in the Rye is one of my favorite books of all time, and so I was a bit suspicious of the blurb of this one. Publishers always wanna compare books about teenage sadness and mental health to Catcher, and I always sort of raise my eyebrows at that. See, they always wanna reel in readers by comparing contemporaries to famous books, and then you read the book and it's pretty goddamn phony. But Solitaire?

Solitaire is not a perfect book. I mean, no book is a
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.
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,
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.

I understand that the main character is supposed to dealing with bad mental health, but a lot of her comments just crossed the line and were never addressed, which made it just uncomfortable to read and possibly triggering. I know Alice Oseman has gotten better about handling these subjects, though. Her other books are just better.
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
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!
3.5??4?? i have conflicting feelings on this book. on one hand, i am like ?? did alice oseman literally write tori based on high school me?? but i am now understanding why no one liked me in high school. it has a really great message and i always am happy to read books with accurate rep of depression & suicidal thoughts to help end the stigma. but there was awkward dialogue and references, and i mean,,, it was So Dramatic. but tori and michael were fun to read about and of course a different pov ...more
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3 Stars

This rings true and maybe that’s why I couldn’t fully enjoy myself. I was a moody teen once. I know what it’s like to hate the world, to disengage, to not want to be like the popular people but resent them at the same time.

Regardless, Tori doesn’t conform. She doesn’t want to necessarily try hard either, but when she meets another outcast Michael, things slowly start to change. Somewhat… wellllll…. not really.

YA is a tough one to win me over. It toed the line of being of course, too youn
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
shopping for a moon
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
Content/trigger warning for suicide, depression and disordered eating.

Overall this book definitely fell flat for me!

Firstly, why does the tagline say "This is not a love story" when in fact it's very much one? Nothing's wrong with that, but this is kind of misleading.

So, let's start with what bothered me about the book. Whilst I get that Tori, our protagonist, can be very relateable to lots of people out there, I do think that it was quite problematic that she didn't seek out any help to deal wi
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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Rashi Malik
Mar 30, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rtc
I can't believe that Alice Oseman wrote this at 17.
Considering this is the first and oldest book in the Osemanverse it holds up so well and I can 100% see why an entire extended universe was birthed from.
I loved Tori so much, I saw so much of my own self, especially my teenage self, in Tori. I really wish I had discovered these books when I was in high school but I'm glad to have read them now.
Alice Oseman does a great job of covering heavy topics in a respectful and healthy manner while still keeping the writing light enough that it's easy to
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.
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Alice Oseman is an award-winning author, illustrator, and screenwriter, 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 the creator of LGBTQ+ YA romance webcomic HEARTSTOPPER, which is now published in physical form by Hachette Children's Books, and she is the writer, cre ...more

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“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.” 345 likes
“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.” 152 likes
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