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Solitaire Paperback – 21 Jul 2014
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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. Alice's first book, SOLITAIRE, was published when she was nineteen.
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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.
I love the way this book handles relationships, mental illness, communication, and all of its characters. It’s clear that Alice Oseman puts a lot of love and thought into each of them. It’s the kind of book that makes you wish these people were real because you’ve come to care about them so much. I didn’t want it to end.
But Oseman has written much more than the female, 21st century version of Holden Caulfield. There is a sense of plot here that, while subtle and meandering, is much more apparent in Solitaire than Catcher in the Rye. To the point where the combination of smart characters and teen-angst-filled plot make me picture this as the next big contemporary teen movie sensation. But in order for that to happen, more people need to read Solitaire. I don't think this is a book that has gotten much buzz or publicity and that is a shame because it deserves so much more attention than it is getting.