I first heard about this book from a Youtube video and I instantly wanted to get my hands on it after I heard what the book was about.
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 book was written when the writer was only 18, and for someone that young, this novel is superb! I think what stood out to me was how relatable the character Tori was. Tori is in Sixth Form, likes to blog and is a very pessimistic girl. She is led to the discovery of the Solitaire tumblr page in a room when she found a trail of post-its that started from her locker. There, she met a guy called Michael Holden. Someone who people describe as weird and complicated, and basically not to hang out with. The relationship between these two builds and Tori’s old best friend comes into the picture. What started out as a blank page turns out to be the school’s nightmare. I shall leave it at that.
I absolutely love Tori. I think anyone and everyone who reads the book will connect with her somehow, because she is like us one way or another. Michael Holden is another hot favourite. He is apparently an awesome skater and is rumoured to be gay. Michael connects with Tori and the relationship between them is just so 😝😝😝. I literally wanted to go into the story and shout at him “Stop being a coward and tell her!!!” Then, there’s Lucas (to PLL fans: does this name ring a bell? hehe), Tori’s old BFF; Becky, Tori’s BFF now and the group of friends she call The Lot. Not to forget Charlie (another PLL name reference hahaha! I’m beginning to think Alice is also a PLL fan), Tori’s brother.
This book covers mental illness, friendships, relationships, sexuality, loss, unrequited feelings and a disinterest with the education system. (don’t we all relate to that???) Though the reveal of the mastermind behind the Solitaire page was a bit of a downer (I expected it to be a shocker and more dramatic), the ending is mindblowing! An honest and thought provoking story that will leave you questioning social issues of our age.