A coming-of-age novel set over a single day, Solitaire follows Tori Spring – a reclusive and introverted teen with an unusual talent for photography. Hunted by her mother for going out at night and vanishing into the dark, Tori remains isolated until she meets Ben Curtis. His charming nature leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel.
Tori, a withdrawn and solitary young woman with a complicated family history, spends her days sleeping and blogging. Then her best friend Charlie dies, and Tori’s life is suddenly turned upside down. She uncovers a secret about Charlie’s family, and her past is revealed to her in ways she could never have anticipated. Trapped between two worlds and unable to find her place in either of them, she must use the little time left to make peace with the past before leaving it behind forever.
Loser by nature and unlucky in love, Ben Osbourne is not what you’d call the original romantic hero. He prefers the company of his imaginary friends over girls in bars because at least they don’t talk back. But when he sees Fallon Streeter on a plane, it’s love at first sight—or is it? After an awkward exchange in baggage claim, Ben knows he must seek out this girl from Los Angeles and overcome his writer’s block once and for all to tell her exactly how he feels about her.
About Solitaire (Solitaire #1)
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 I would 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.
This incredible debut novel by outstanding young author Alice Oseman is perfect for fans of John Green, Rainbow Rowell, and all unflinchingly honest writers.
Sometimes I think Alice Oseman’s books have captured a part of my soul that nothing else has managed to describe in precisely the right words. Her stories are streams of consciousness, explorations of identity, and odes to teenage senescence. Dedicated to kids who have no idea who they are but are figuring it out together, kids who are sad and empty and lost and trying to remember where they used to fit in the world, and kids who feel a little bit broken until they find the spiritual soulmate who fills the gaps. Solitaire is radiant.