Solitaire by Alice Oseman

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.

This was quite irritating. The plot revolves around a cynical, somewhat annoying girl named Tori who seems to have a thing for complaining about every. single. thing.

It drove me mad, and I’m also an annoying teenager with a thing for complaining. (Just ask my parents.) She was whiny and pessimistic and it made me want to throw the book (or possibly Tori herself) across the room, ruining any potential it might have had plot-wise.

Speaking of the plot…it was a little all-over-the-place. The whole idea of Solitaire could have been quite interesting, but it wasn’t. It was dull. The book’s saving grace was Michael Holden – I loved him, he was fab – but the rest of it was quite sad: it could have been pretty good, actually, but it was   spoilt by irritating writing and killing plot points before they got interesting. I kept reading until the end, which I guess is positive, mostly because I was hoping that something interesting would happen; it didn’t. I quite liked the ending, though, it was wrapped up quite nicely.

Overall –  not my favorite book in the world, though it could have been a lot worse. If you’re hopelessly bored, go on and read it. It was very clearly aimed at teenagers, though for me, at least, it was very annoying to read.

 

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