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Solitaire by Alice Oseman
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Oct 14, 2016

liked it
bookshelves: contemporary, diverse-reads, age-young-adult
Read 2 times. Last read November 10, 2017 to December 6, 2017.

Radio Silence might be one of my all time favourite contemporaries, so I knew I had to have a copy of Alice Oseman's debut in my hands.

Reading Solitaire was such a breeze - the language was light (although a few more run on sentences than I'd like) and I finished it in a couple of days. The British Grammar school setting was also super relatable for me, and I could identifiy with the confusing anxieties of the characters.

Having said that, I'm not sure what this book was trying to be. I didn't quite get how the Solitaire pranksters did what they were doing and how the school didn't do anything about it sooner. I also didn't really understand what the message of the story was. I think Solitaire tried to be a lot of things and ultimately there wasn't any key idea that came across.

I loved that mental illness was displayed as a vast and difficult thing for so many people and that the characters could accept each other for it. However, I do wish the specific mental illnesses were mentioned. There is a character with an eating disorder and other characters that possibly have depression and ADHD, and I would've liked to see that acknowledged to a greater extent rather than me having to assume from implications.

Ultimately, I did enjoy Solitaire, altohugh not as much as Radio Silence. But to me that's a great thing! It means that Alice Oseman is genuinely growing as a writer, and I can't wait to see where she goes from here.

Diversity Note: protagonist with depression (implied, no labels are used), side character with depression and an eating disorder (implied, no labels are used), M/M relationship (side characters, labels confirmed outside of text)

Warnings: ableist language, slut shaming, depression, suicidal thoughts, attempted suicide, self harm, blood, hospitals, physical violence
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Reading Progress

October 14, 2016 – Shelved
October 14, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
January 26, 2017 – Started Reading
January 26, 2017 –
page 134
34.18% "Finally reading this and I love it almost as much as Radio Silence. I *get* Alice's books in a way I never can with most contemporaries."
January 26, 2017 –
page 205
52.3% "I hope Charlie is okay. I hope these kids are okay."
January 28, 2017 – Shelved as: contemporary
January 28, 2017 – Finished Reading
April 4, 2017 – Shelved as: diverse-reads
July 2, 2017 – Shelved as: age-young-adult
November 10, 2017 – Started Reading
December 6, 2017 – Finished Reading

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