Children's, New & Recommended, Teenage & Young Adult
Paperback Published on: 31/07/2014
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Very clever and honest
Nineteen year old author Alice Oseman has written her first novel, and it's brilliant. Protagonist Tori Spring is in Year 12 at Harvey Greene Grammar Scho... READ MORE
Laura Main Ellen
Aced it!
I need to stop using the phrase 'this book is the best I have ever read' because every time I seem to read a YA novel at the moment it completely trumps th... READ MORE
Natalie at Waterstones
This is not a love story...
Solitaire is the story of Tori, the average teenage girl, living in an average world. Like most girls (and boys) of her age she is kind of happy in her lit... READ MORE
Adam at Leeds
An outstanding debut!
Full of wit, cynicism, sarcasm and humour, Solitaire is a fantastic début novel and I'm incredibly that Alice Oseman is only 19! Accurately depicting moder... READ MORE
Gem R
A Great First Novel (But Room To Improve)
I read the HEARTSTOPPER graphic novels and adored them and I knew I had to give her novels a try. As a novel I think it is perfectly fine, the characters... READ MORE


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. This incredible debut novel by outstanding young author Alice Oseman is perfect for fans of John Green, Rainbow Rowell and all unflinchingly honest writers.

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780007559220
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 350g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 30 mm

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Brilliant debut.
A brilliant debut. Only 18 I believe when written. An interesting future ahead for this young lady no doubt. It has an element of suspense but really it co... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
A mysterious organisation meet a depressed teen; what could go wrong?
Alice Oseman is one of the most interesting voices in UK young adult fiction right now, and one of my favourite creators across the board. This started as ... READ MORE
Lizzie | @littlehux
Easy to read
I bought this book after loving heart-stopper series and thought this author might have done other good books. I was entirely correct because this book is ... READ MORE
Olivia Luckey
A fabulous debut
Solid 3☆ read. The story starts off quite slowly but after that it's nice and really exciting. Throughout the book I kept questioning who Solitaire could b... READ MORE
Bisma Malik
I love this book with my whole heart and I know I’m not the only one. This book can be relatable on so many levels and the way that Alice white this is inc... READ MORE
Raegan Williams
Really good!
Really good book and I love how it expands on tori’s character from from being a kickass sister in the heartstopper books.
Good for a debut
Tori Spring is a self-identified pessimistic and boring person - but this in turn makes the book boring too. The early chapters and the final few chapters ... READ MORE
beautiful book with a deep meaning, i absolutely loved this story and the characters, i love alice oseman’s books they are all absolutely amazing.
Noa Ostrovsky
Solitaire review
Are we surprised that Alice oseman wrote an amazing story, I’m not. The updated version of solitaire to match the events of heartstopper was brilliant and ... READ MORE
Sam English
Loved It!
After watching Heartstopper & reading the graphic novels, I was really looking forward to reading some of Alice's other works. I really enjoyed Solitaire a... READ MORE
I went into Waterstones today and I bought this book I instantly fell in love with the front cover without even reading the book. I read the first line and... READ MORE
Lily Coates
I love it
I’m in love with this book. I started by finding out about heartstopper when the Netflix series came out and naturally I bought the heartstopper books and ... READ MORE
Zuzanna Edwards
Literally one of the best books I’ve read
I love this book because of how relatable the characters are and how they show the flaws of the characters too. It gives it so much depth and makes it so m... READ MORE
Raegan Williams
So I've been listening to it I am only on chapter 2 and OH MY IT'S THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!
Tom French
When you hear a clip from a book that makes you stop & takes you back to a certain time in your life, you know that book will impact you
4.5 stars TW: Depression, mental health, suicidal thoughts When you hear a clip from a book that makes you stop & takes you back to a certain time in you... READ MORE
Siofra K
Fantastic but emotional novella.
I read this book a few months ago and I have to say it was emotional but it really reflects tori’s life in the perspective of tori herself so it’s nice to ... READ MORE
Tadhg McG
blew my mind
such an amazing story, pays attention to detail and talks about a young teens life in the side lines, as a teen myself i could really relate to this. you g... READ MORE
Hope Hawkins
i finished the book in a couple of hours because i couldn’t put it down, alice’s writing is just amazing, she makes it so relatable to teens today and your... READ MORE
Courtney powles
Relatable characters, great foreshadowing, unexpected plot twist, favourite book of all time.
I can't begin to describe how amazing this book was. It shows how hard being a teenager can be, how hard relationships are to navigate and friendships fail... READ MORE
Sophie Spottiswoode
insanely good
this book had me hooked in a way that not many books do - read the entire thing in one sitting and almost restarted it once I got to the end! easily one of... READ MORE
May Jolly
Could not stop reading
I’m not one to read. I’ve never actually finished a book. But solitaire just changed my life. My friend got it for me, as I am obsessed with heartstopper... READ MORE
Jolene Love
Very Disappointing
I had high hopes for this, being written by Alice Oseman who seems to have become some kind of god recently within the community. I was incredibly exci... READ MORE
Amy McCrellis
best book I’ve ever read
I absolutely loved this book! I definitely recommend!!! It was also the book that got me back into reading
Darcey Rowley