By Alice Oseman
Published: 31st July 2014
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.
A friend of mine has been trying to get me to read this book for a while as she really loved it and thought that I would love it as well, which spoiler alert I do!
Solitaire is about a girl called Tori who has depression but doesn’t really know/recognise the fact that she has it, personally, I think it because of all the things that have happened to her family and especially with one of her brother’s Charlie. Tori barely have any friends and the one she does she doesn’t really talk to her much.
When the new school year start so does two new boys (which I thought was going to turn into a love triangle) Lucas is an old friend of Tori’s from primary school and doesn’t seem to know how to act around her considering how much she has changed. The other boy is Michael who everyone is telling Tori to avoid as he seems to be an outcast and makes trouble at school.
At the same time as the two boys starting the school a new blog has become popular called Solitaire, as first, it starts off as small pranks but quickly gets out of hand.
At the same time as this going on Tori’s brother has a relapse with his eating disorder which sends Tori into a tailspin with him. In all honesty, this book is quite choppy in the storyline which I think is because depression effect’s memory so this is a true representation of how someone would remember the events throughout the day.
As I said previously the harmless pranks from solitaire slowly get worse it starts off with fireworks going off at a music event which seemed harmless at first until Tori and some other background characters get injured from the fireworks being too close. You do find out who is behind solitaire and there is a big event where Tori almost dies but I am trying to get better and not completely spoiling the events of the book (not sure its completely working)
All in all, I did enjoy this book and found it a fast read considering the topic of the book, I am going to pick up more of her work but it’s not a priority for me at the moment as my TBR shelf is humongous (like always). It honestly seemed like someone looked into my brain as a 16-17-year-old and wrote a story from there as what the character was feeling was surreal and familiar to me.
What were your thoughts on this book? I would love to have a discussion with people about it.