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Solitaire

Written by Alice Oseman

Key Stage 4 General Fiction

LoveReading View on Solitaire

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…

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

Solitaire Synopsis

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.

Solitaire 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 >

Solitaire Press 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


Book Information

ISBN: 9780007559220
Publication date: 31st July 2014
Author: Alice Oseman
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 400 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 4
Topics: General Fiction

About Alice Oseman

Alice Oseman was born in 1994 in Kent, England. She completed a degree in English at Durham University in 2016 and is currently a full-time writer and illustrator. Alice can usually be found staring aimlessly at computer screens, questioning the meaninglessness of existence, or doing anything and everything to avoid getting an office job. Alice's first book, Solitaire, was published when she was nineteen.

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