Young Adult

Solitaire by Alice Oseman | Review | Booksmagick

What’s it about?

Tori Spring only wants to survive school, don’t talk to people and scroll trough blogs. When a new blog called Solitaire begins to play pranks at her school, Tori gets curious, obsessed even. At the same time new people and old friends push into her life and Tori is out of her comfort zone.

What I think about it

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I’m still not sure what to think about the book. I overcame a reading slump of three months and read Solitaire on two long train rides. The circumstances certainly weren’t the best and I had trouble finding into the story. There was so much chatter over the first few pages and it was hard to concentrate or slowly ease into the book.

Solitaire isn’t my first book by Alice Oseman, I read Heartstopper Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 before and fell in love with Charlie’s and Nick’s story. A super cute graphic novel that I’d recommend to everyone! Solitaire is set in the same universe, or rather, in the same family seeing as Tori is Charlie’s older sister. There are some references to Heartstopper and I’m glad I read it first because I had the backstory to everything that was hinted at in this novel.

Tori is a main character you absolutely can relate to, you shouldn’t but you can. She is apathetic and indifferent most of the time, rarely cares about stuff that doesn’t concern her directly and prefers the solitude of her room to going out with friends. It’s painstakingly clear that she and her best friend Becky have very little in common now.

“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.

Tori’s world is shaken up when she meets Michael Holden who insists they become friends. At the same time Solitaire starts with their pranks and before Tori has the chance to get overwhelmed by it all she shuts it all out. Soon enough, though, she starts to see Michael as her friend and a person she can talk to. Neither of them fit in with society’s standards and norms and my absolute favourite quote is by Michael.

“There’s a time and a place for being normal. For most people, normal is their default setting. But for some, like you and me, normal is something we have to bring out, like putting on a suit for a posh dinner.”

For a long time nothing really happens in the book which on one hand makes sense because Tori doesn’t do much except for blogging, sleeping and going to school avoiding people. Solitaire keeps things interesting with their admittedly stupid and highly annoying pranks. Tori and Michael kind of start an investigation into Solitaire to find out who is behind the pranks. It was predictable once I knew everyone around Tori and the ending didn’t surprise me.


Solitaire begins with a lot of dialogue that made it hard for me to get into the story. While I could relate to Tori I felt that the book lacked speed or something to spice it up? Somehow nothing ever happened. Solitaire’s pranks were annoying and childish and I knew who was behind them not even halfway through the book. I guess, it just wasn’t for me, I found it mediocre at best.


  • Author: Alice Oseman
  • Pages: 400
  • For Ages: 13 and up
  • Publisher: Harper Collins
  • Release Date: May 3, 2018
  • ISBN: 9780007559220

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