Solitaire by Alice Oseman PDF

Solitaire by Alice Oseman PDF

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Description Solitaire by Alice Oseman PDF

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 exams 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 is trying to do, and I don’t care about Michael Holden. I really don’t.

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—Sixteen-year-old Victoria “Tori” Spring is the personification of angst, slowly slipping, day by day, into the depths of despair. On a good day, she can convince herself she feels nothing. Her best friend has become preoccupied with boys; her brother, Charlie, is recovering from an episode of mental illness and attempted suicide; a former childhood friend has suddenly resurfaced with expectations that she can’t fulfill; and her mother cannot tear herself away from the computer long enough to notice Tori’s decline.

Then, there’s Michael Holden, the crazy new student who refuses to let Tori alienate herself from him the way she is doing with everyone else. He forces himself into her life at the same time as a bizarre prank is unleashed to instigate rebellion among the students at Higgs. Solitaire.co.uk delivers messages via blog posts and by commandeering the schools’ computers and PA system, touting a rallying cry of “Patience Kills.” Strangely, all of its enigmatic messages seem to bear some resemblance to episodes in Tori’s past. When the pranks begin to turn dangerous, Tori convinces herself that she’s the only one who can put a stop to it. Told in the first person, Tori’s wry voice and dark humor provide a counterpoint to her descent into depression.

Nineteen-year-old author, Oseman, opens a frightening window onto life as a teen in today’s world, summed up by Tori’s sardonic remark, “It’s funny because it’s true.” A fascinating debut from an author to watch.—Cary Frostick, formerly at Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church, VA

Review of Solitaire by Alice Oseman PDF

“Tori’s wry voice and dark humor provide a counterpoint to her descent into depression. A fascinating debut from an author to watch.” (School Library Journal)

“Oseman’s debut could put her among the great young adult fiction authors. Solitaire is a pleasure to read; Tori’s voice is incredibly relatable.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))

“Tori’s voice makes this story into a poignant yet blackly funny and even lively emotional journey. A deeply absorbing read.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

“Oseman proves herself a clever, witty writer.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Honest and authentic… with appeal to fans of John Green.” (The Bookseller (London))

“In [Oseman’s] punky, depressive, epigrammatic, mordant heroine Tori Spring we have a Holden Caulfield for the internet age. (The Times (London))

“Intrigue, suspense, and a fairly spectacular climax will appeal to teens asking the big questions.” (ALA Booklist)

From the Inside Flap

My name is Victoria Spring.
Sometimes I hate people.
This is probably very bad for my mental health.

Tori has friends. She has brothers. She has parents. Sometimes she can be bothered to talk to them. Most of the time, though, she would prefer not to have to deal with other people.

Until the day she follows a trail of Post-its from her locker to a deserted computer lab, where she finds a message from a mysterious group called Solitaire. It’s also where she meets Michael Holden. Irrepressibly cheerful, weird, and determined to be her friend, Michael is everything Tori normally hates.

And that’s it. That’s where it starts.

Soon Solitaire has launched a series of pranks across the school. For once, Tori feels connected, like someone is on her wavelength–making jokes about her favorite movies, blasting her favorite song on repeat over the intercom. Then Solitaire’s pranks start to go too far, and no one else seems to be concerned. Tori doesn’t like getting involved. But this time, the idea of doing nothing is even worse.

Solitaire is a novel about finding friends, finding yourself, and discovering that one person can change everything.–The Times (London)

From the Back Cover

My name is Victoria Spring.
Sometimes I hate people.
This is probably very bad for my mental health.

Tori has friends. She has brothers. She has parents. Sometimes she can be bothered to talk to them. Most of the time, though, she would prefer not to have to deal with other people.

Until the day she follows a trail of Post-its from her locker to a deserted computer lab, where she finds a message from a mysterious group called Solitaire. It’s also where she meets Michael Holden. Irrepressibly cheerful, weird, and determined to be her friend, Michael is everything Tori normally hates.

And that’s it. That’s where it starts.

Soon Solitaire has launched a series of pranks across the school. For once, Tori feels connected, like someone is on her wavelength—making jokes about her favorite movies, blasting her favorite song on repeat over the intercom. Then Solitaire’s pranks start to go too far, and no one else seems to be concerned. Tori doesn’t like getting involved. But this time, the idea of doing nothing is even worse.

Solitaire is a novel about finding friends, finding yourself, and discovering that one person can change everything.

Review of Solitaire by Alice Oseman PDF

Just because someone smiles doesn’t mean that they’re happy.

This isn’t a book about happy people. I don’t even think this book was made for happy people, they would dislike it, say everything inside this book is utter bullshit. But it isn’t. It’s the absolute truth.

This book broke me, I think I’m reading it at the exact right moment in my life. 16-year-old me wouldn’t have liked it all that much, she would have sympathised with the characters, but she wouldn’t have understood them like 21-year-old me did.

This is the story of sad & introvert Tori Spring. Nothing about being sad or introvert is wrong. That’s just the way she is. And yet people judge her for being like this. This say she doesn’t try enough to make friends, or to care about anything, and maybe it’s true, it probably is, but they’re not her. They don’t understand what’s going on inside her head.

They don’t know how much she actually cares about her brother Charlie, the best person in the entire world, or how the things that happened to him broke her because he’s her little brother and nothing bad should happen to him. They don’t know that she’s sad 95% of the time but can do nothing about it because this isn’t just her deciding to be sad, this is her experiencing her life. Tori Spring was born in a world in which you should smile all the time and answer ‘I’m fine’ to every ‘How are you?’ Tori Spring was born into an extrovert and fake happy world, but why should she bend to the world’s will and be like that as well? This isn’t her.

One day she meets angry boy Michael Holden. Angry at the world for expecting him to be someone he’s not. Angry at people for thinking him weird and not worthy of their attention and respect when he’s just being himself. Angry all the time. But hiding it. Hiding it because people would judge him even more, they would make him feel even more lonely than he is now. Michael Holden is the softest boy you will ever meet. He’s angry but that doesn’t he isn’t trying to make Tori happy, really happy, not fake. He’s not trying to save her, she doesn’t need to be saved, she needs to see she’s not alone in this world, that people like her exist. Michael Holden doesn’t want to save her, and he doesn’t need to be saved either. They just both need someone to help them. And their this person for each other.

Ultimately this is a book about family and friendship. The family dynamic between the Spring siblings is one of the best I’ve read about. They’re a bunch of precious human beings who deserve for good things to happen to them. They’re trying to make their way through this world the best way they can, sometimes they fail, but they got each other to help them get up when they fall.

This book isn’t perfect, but it was perfectly real, and I needed it.

There comes a point, though, when you can’t keep looking after other people any more. You have to start looking after yourself.

Review of Solitaire by Alice Oseman PDF

I read this book after finding Alice’s webcomic (Heartstopper) online and reading it about 3 times through in the span of a couple days. (Heartstopper is a comic that focuses on the main character of Solitaire’s younger brother and his relationship with his in-book boyfriend). This book is incredible, and I think that it is a great book for high schoolers and college students even, exploring both light-hearted and darker subjects in a respectful and interesting way. There are some aspects of the book which I find to be a little dated, (mostly blog/tumblr/fandom things, but then again there could very well be people that are still into supernatural and sherlock in this day and age. Who knows?) but for the most part I was really pulled in by the story and enjoyed the book thoroughly.

As a heads up, this book does cover some topics that could be triggering or whatnot, such as mentions of suicide attempts, eating disorders (and possibly OCD – not explicitly stated but my own inference), self-harm, and general self-negative thoughts. I’m not trying to give any spoilers away or anything but keep that in mind if these are something that you might want to avoid.

All-in-all this was an excellent story, and as a side note, I absolutely love how effortlessly Alice includes such a diverse group of characters in all of her novels, diverse not just racially but also in terms of LGBT+ representation. It is a joy to see all of these wonderful characters together and it warms my heart that she does this.

About the Author

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. Find out more about Alice and her books at www.aliceoseman.com.

Details About Solitaire by Alice Oseman PDF

  • Name: Solitaire
  • Author: Alice Oseman
  • ISBN: B00LEYEZTI
  • Language: English
  • Genre: Teen & Young Adult Fiction about Friendship, Teen & Young Adult Fiction
  • Format: PDF/ePub
  • Size: 1 MB
  • Page: 401
  • Price: Free

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