Solitaire | Alice Oseman | Review

“But books–they’re different. When you watch a film, you’re sort of an outsider looking in. With a book–you’re right there. You are inside. You are the main character.”





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.


Alice Oseman, and my feelings on Alice Oseman’s books really confuses me. I love Heartstopper with everything I have, honestly I love them so much. However a couple of years ago I read Radio Silence and thought it was average – I have now read Solitaire and really really dislike it. I mean, I am trying to be kind because I know Alice was young when she wrote this, and it was a debut. But I just don’t think I get on with her writing style.

The first half of this book was okay, it intrigued me and made me want to read more. However the intrigue stopped more or less half way through whereby I just wanted the plot to get to the point and end so I could move on from it. I mean, I rarely DNF books and I didn’t hate Solitaire to the point that I felt like I needed to do that – but my enjoyment levels were fairly low in the later half. It was a very easy book to put down and not want to pick up again. I found myself skim reading a lot of it just so I could get through it quicker whilst picking up the main plot points.

The characters were okay. I am trying to take myself away from the fact that I have read Heartstopper so I know about a lot of these characters and look at the book in the view of having never met these characters before. Based on this I feel like they were very underdeveloped. I had a great advantage in the fact I knew more about Charlie, Nick, Ben and Tori and therefore was able to relate to them on previous works that I have read by the author. If I had not got this advantage I feel like the connection with the characters just would not have been there. I had no interest in them.

It was a very long book considering the plot, it could have easily been shorter and maybe kept my interest for longer. The writing style felt very juvenile – but then maybe that has a lot to do with age and experience. I also feel like Alice was just trying to throw as many Harry Potter references in there as possible without much contact .. I mean I love Harry Potter but even I found it a bit too much.

I think I am going to give up on Alice Oseman contemporary novels and just stick to Heartstopper. I don’t think they are for me.

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