All about Books
This is the page where I will be discussing what I'm reading, reviewing those books and be open to suggestions to keep adding to my To Be Read pile. Honestly, I'm never going to get through that thing anyway, so the more the merrier.
Hi. Today's book review will be Solitaire, the first book published by English author Alice Oseman- also author of Radio Silence, which I adore.
But before we start, a note of trigger warnings- Self harm, eating disorders, some suicidal thoughts.
Author: Alice Oseman
Part of a trilogy: No, it’s a standalone
Original publication date: 31st July 2014
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (Read December 2017)
As I read Radio Silence first, the bar had kind of already been set high, even though Solitaire was published first. I think the writing and plot shows in these areas, and things were developed and improved more for Radio Silence. However, overall, I did enjoy this one too. Reading this book also (finally!) fully got me out of the half-reading slump I've been experiencing ever since NaNoWriMo.
The main characters were well written and relatable to the late teenage years. It brought back my first year of college and all of the chaos that went with it- for anyone who doesn't know, in England, people usually go through two years of college and then go to university if they want. For the record, I did four years of college at three different colleges- and then went to uni too! I know, this is almost literal proof that I'm crazy. :D
I also loved all of the references to British culture in TV shows/films/shops ect, and I think I caught most of them. :) The friendships and relationships were all realistic, including the realisation that the people you were once friends with in school don't always stay that way. This hit me hard as a friend of mine was like a sister to me and now we're barely in contact, seven years later. Likewise, some of my oldest friends are not often in contact now, though we do touch base every now and then. But, I suppose, life moves on, and things can't always stay the same.
(That...got really deep...Ahem)
I really enjoyed the ending, and towards the end, I almost cried as well. I enjoyed the mystery behind Solitaire and what was going to happen next. Again, I found myself doing the 'just one more chapter' thing and read 3/4 of the book today. :)
However, I did feel some of the plotting and characterisation could have been improved in little ways. I felt a few of the chapters ended too abruptly and therefore, it felt rushed in some places. I also was a bit confused in some places about what was happening in relevance to the overall story, but not sure if that was just me.
After writing this review, I've decided on 4 stars, because I did enjoy it as a whole. Though I prefer Radio Silence, I will probably read Solitaire again at some point, and am looking forward to more books by Alice Oseman in the future. :)
Have yo read Solitaire or Radio Silence? What are your thoughts? As always, all the best and happy reading. :)
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