Author: Alice Oseman
Review: For being such a young author, Alice Oseman has an amazing talent for writing believable characters and a plot with so much depth to it that it’s a puzzle you get to work out while exploring the relationships between the characters too. I picked this book up with very little idea of what it was actually about, but I had seen a lot of people raving about it on their blogs or in videos on YouTube so I figured it couldn’t hurt to try it. This is a writer to watch.
Solitaire follows Tori Spring, a teenager who’s had to deal with a lot recently. She’s sarcastic and pessimistic, she used to be different but then her brother Charlie started having problems and the whole family is still dealing with the fallout from it. When Tori discovers a post-it note on her locker with an arrow on it, she decides to follow it to see where it leads. The last post-it note has a website on it, but when Tori checks it out, the website is a blank blog.
It’s then that she meets Michael. He seems a bit strange but it’s not like she’s going to be seeing a lot of him so she forgets about the incident. Now that the classes are mixed – Tori runs into an old friend, one that she was so very close with before, but he’s not quite as she remembers him and things are awkward, to say the least.
Soon, things start happening around the school. More and more elaborate pranks are pulled and the aftermath is posted on the Solitaire website. As Tori becomes a grudging friend to Michael, he points out how strangely focused the pranks seem to be around things that she likes.
Trying to work out who could be behind Solitaire so she can stop them before things get too out of hand, Tori tries to deal with the fallout of her best friend choosing to be with the boy who beat up her brother. When she finally discovers the truth behind the Solitaire website, Tori can’t quite believe it.
This book is amazing. I loved everything about it: the mystery of the website and who was behind it, the relationships between all the characters, and the great way it deals with sometimes sensitive topics. Oseman has a knack for writing complex plots interwoven with characters that are diverse and interesting. A fun, fast-paced read that kept me guessing. This is a must read for fans of YA.
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Kindle Edition: amazon.co.uk
Also see: Radio Silence by Alice Oseman