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Not your usual YA
Reviewed in India on 17 January 2021
Solitaire was my first read of 2021 and I couldn’t have picked up a better book to begin the year with.
Alice oseman is a genius and the universe she’s created is absolute magic. This book was published much before “Heartstopper”but this story takes place after Charlie & Nick are a couple, in that universe.
This story is not about Nick and Charlie, it’s about Victoria, Charlie’s elder sister.
“This is not a love story” as mentioned on the cover, this is not a lighthearted cliché YA story as one might expect, and is quite dense and intense.
Victoria, Tori, is a 17 year old compulsive pessimist, she has few friends, hates making new friends and is super involved with her blog. One day Tori bumps into a senior, the very peculiar Michael Holden and on the very same day she uncovers solitaire.co.uk, a havoc wrecking website that sets in motion a series of pranks in the school and the town.
The story follows Tori as she navigates school life, domestic issues, looks out for her younger brothers while fighting her own mental and emotional demons.
This book explores the complex minds of teenagers, the mental issues/illnesses/disorders/coping mechanisms that they might be silently or not so silently be dealing with. This book explores how Its not easy being a teenager, and figuring out life and it’s intricacies.
The first part of the book is super fun, light and fast with underlying currents of mental health. The second part gets a tad bit intense and delves into mental illness, it’s implications and the tempo slows down considerably. The story line is predicatable and the plot isn’t spectacular. However, It is inspiring is because Alice managed to write this book when she was merely 17. When you see it from that view point you can’t help but marvel at the complexity of the story and the intricacy of its characters.