Review: Solitaire by Alice Oseman

Cover for Solitaire by Alice Oseman

Title: Solitaire

Author: Alice Oseman

Series: Solitaire #1

Pages: 390

2 stars out of 5
2 stars – it was ok

Trigger Warnings (taken from the authors website): References to suicide and suicide attempts, Suicidal ideation, Self-harm, Depression, Eating disorders, Obsessive-compulsive behaviors, Narrator has implied undiagnosed depression, Brief incidents of homophobia, Unchallenged misogyny and ableism. 

Tori Spring likes to sleep and blog. She doesn’t really like people or putting an effort into most things, especially after everything that happened with Charlie. School this year is different though because of Solitaire and Michael Holden. 

Well this book was ok. Tori is a depressed teenger who is struggling with her feelings, or lack thereof, and life in general. I could relate to that and remember feeling that a lot as a teenager myself. My problem with Tori was that I found some of her views annoying and contradictory, like refusing to read because books were fiction but would watch movies, which are the same thing. 

Michael Holden felt like a kid who was also suffering from some form of mental illness but I did like him. He was weird but a very interesting character. I also really enjoyed all the Nick and Charlie scenes we get, even the sad ones with Charlie relapsing. 

My other issue was the amount of teenage drama going on in this book. Yes, it’s a YA book but man it felt like it was never ending. I think that was the main reason this book didn’t work for me. I probably would have liked this more if I had been a teenager or in my early 20s but I am not and it all felt petty and annoying. Much like high school drama is.

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Previous books and reviews for the series:

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