Solitaire by Alice Oseman

Posted March 27, 2015 by lockhartbecca in Reviews / 6 Comments

Solitaire wasn't a bad book and I didn't really dislike it, but I didn't like it either. -


Author: Alice Oseman
Series: Standalone
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: ebook
Release Date: March 30, 2015
Source: egalley received from publisher via Edelweiss
Rating: 2.5 Stars
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***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my open and honest opinion.***

Synopsis from Goodreads:


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.


My Review:


I had read some pretty positive reviews of this one going in so I had high hopes that it would be awesome. And it wasn’t a bad book. But I didn’t think it was a good book either. Actually I feel pretty indifferent about the whole thing. I don’t really care about this book. I’m pretty sure I will forget about it by tomorrow and I certainly won’t ever think back fondly on the characters. I know that sounds harsh, but it’s the truth. I think that maybe this just wasn’t a me book.


My biggest issue was with the main character. I didn’t like her at all. And I’ve read unlikeable characters before and still enjoyed the book, but this one just did not work for me. Tori was so freaking whiny. She was pessimistic, negative, pushed people away. For about 70% of the book she was rather dull, not participating in life, withdrawn, just basically throwing herself a pity party. And then in the last 30% all of a sudden she wants to fight and live, but it felt too abrupt and like she completely flipped a switch on her personality.


The romance didn’t do anything for me. I liked Michael, but I never really fell in love with him. Nothing stood out. I did like that he seemed to be able to push Tori just enough to get her to wake up and live. Sometimes he pushed too hard and she ran away, but I definitely think that he helped her see that she was missing out on life.


The one character that I really did like was Charlie, Tori’s younger brother. Actually I take that back. I didn’t really like Charlie. I liked Tori’s relationship with Charlie. I liked that the brother and sister talked a lot. Charlie was recovering from a traumatic experience, Tori has her own issues, but these two are like glue. They watch out for each other and help each other and this was really my favorite aspect of the whole book.


As far as the whole Solitaire aspect of the book, I wasn’t impressed. The group was honestly a bit crazy and I never really understood their purpose even once it was explained at the end. I mean, what the hell? Crazy motherfuckers.


Overall this book left little to no impact on me. I didn’t really care about it one way or the other. It was hard for me to rate because I didn’t dislike it, but I didn’t like it either. I’m sure this review has been zero help to you and I’m sorry for that. Hopefully you have better luck with this one than I did.


Have you read this one yet? What did you think? 

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6 responses to “Solitaire by Alice Oseman

  1. The synopsis definitely piqued my interest, but after reading your review, I think I'm going to pass on this one. If I don't like the characters, I usually don't like the book. And then if you weren't impressed with the Solitaire aspect of it…. ~Pam

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