Reader Reviewed Solitaire by Alice Oseman
  

Solitaire

Written by Alice Oseman

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August 2014 Debut of the Month A coming-of-age novel with a compelling narrative voice and strong, assured writing, making it hard to believe that Alice was just 17 years old when she wrote the book. It tells the story of sixteen-year old Tori Spring, who feels increasingly disconnected from her friends, intensified by a distressing, complex home life. To make matters worse, the irrepressible Michael Holden arrives in her life, representing everything she hates; enthusiastic, geeky and upbeat, he won’t let up on trying to befriend her. And when their school is targeted by Solitaire, an online community of anarchists, Tori is dragged into the fray…

Reader Reviews

Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids reader review panel were invited to read and review this title.

  • Ciara McIlvenna, age 17 - 'A fun yet thought provoking novel about the highs and lows of adolescent drama. That is relatable for all. A thoroughly enjoyable read with a fast paced narrative that doesn't let up.' Read full review >
  • Emily Passmore, age 13 - 'I absolutely loved this book. You don't know what's coming next, the characters are brilliant and the story is just so original!' Read full review >
  • Georgina Rowe, age 16 - 'This book was incredibly interesting and absorbing, perfectly capturing the spirit of the protagonist, Tori who is multi-dimensional and has many layers, all meshed on top of one another.'  Read full review >
  • Sophia Ufton, adult - 'Brilliant book, loved how it was wrote and structured. It was very well written and just a wonderfull story.' Read full review >
  • Alice Horncastle, age 14 - 'I found this book brilliant! Not only was it written exceptionally well by a new teen author, I also found I could relate to Tori very well,and the whole book drew me in straight away!' Read full review >
  • Amy Laws, age 13 - 'Alice Oseman, you're the next big author, there's only one way to put it.' Read full review >
  • Phoebe Allan, age 14 - 'I ADORED Solitaire...The characters are woven in such an intricate way that it is wonderful to hear what is happening to them, laughing, growing and moving with them. I think that Oseman is a genius.' Read full review >
  • Jenny Duffy, age 21 - 'Solitaire's greatest achievement is not in the main plot or the protagonist, but in Tori’s brother Charlie...A strong and different debut.' Read full review >

Synopsis

Solitaire by Alice Oseman

A coming-of-age novel with a compelling narrative voice and strong, assured writing, making it hard to believe that Alice was just 17 years old when she wrote the book. It tells the story of sixteen-year old Tori Spring, who feels increasingly disconnected from her friends, intensified by a distressing, complex home life. To make matters worse, the irrepressible Michael Holden arrives in her life, representing everything she hates; enthusiastic, geeky and upbeat, he won’t let up on trying to befriend her. And when their school is targeted by Solitaire, an online community of anarchists, Tori is dragged into the fray…

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 that's all over now. Now there's Solitaire. And Michael Holden. I don't know what Solitaire are trying to do, and I don't care about Michael Holden. I really don't.

Reviews

The most honest and authentic account of modern teenage life that you'll read this year... outstanding contemporary fiction with appeal to fans of John Green. The Bookseller

About the Author

Alice Oseman

Alice Oseman is a debut author from Rochester Kent, and is currently attending Durham university reading English. Alice has thoroughly researched sarcastic teenagers who spend a lot of time on the internet, by being a sarcastic teenager who spends a lot of time on the internet. She is active on Twitter and Tumblr - her writing of Solitaire has been significantly inspired by behavioural trends on Tumblr.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Author

Alice Oseman
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Author's Website

www.aliceoseman.com/

Publisher

HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date

31st July 2014

ISBN

9780007559220

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