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Solitaire por Alice Oseman
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Solitaire (original 2015; edição 2014)

por Alice Oseman

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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.… (mais)
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Título:Solitaire
Autores:Alice Oseman
Informação:Harper Collins Children's Books UK, Paperback, 392 pages
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Etiquetas:lgbtqiap, contemporary

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Solitaire por Alice Oseman (2015)

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I have consistently loved Alice Oseman's Heartstopper graphic novels, but I'm not terribly keen on her novels so far.

I picked up this one because I knew that it features characters from the graphic novels. I was not aware though that it is set chronologically after the graphic novels, so I got some spoilers for where that story is headed, but nothing that hasn't already been hinted at or will ruin the them for me. But steer clear if you'd rather see the events unfold there first.

I did enjoy the first half of this book as narrator Victoria "Tori" Spring gave us her pessimistic and introverted perspective on her schoolmates, pop culture, and life. But in the final hundred pages, the snark turns exceedingly to self-pity, which I tire of quickly. It's also frustrating that such a bright person is so willfully oblivious to the feelings of the people around her and developments occurring in the plot. And boy does that plot unravel into some purely ridiculous action set pieces that left me rolling my eyes as I closed the cover for the last time.

Of course, Oseman wrote this novel when she was only seventeen, so it is not surprising that the graphic novels have benefited from her added years of life and writing experience. ( )
  villemezbrown | Oct 2, 2021 |
It's interesting. The book does have some flaws. It felt a bit too long and I zero idea what actually happened at the end because it felt disjointed.

But it also felt very real. At least when you were a 'moody' teenager who actually had some mental issues. Even Tori's parents felt somewhat real in that they didn't acknowledge that part. On the other hand... They were also not part of the story. Same with the parents of Michael. Where were they?!

In the end I'm glad I read it. But I don't want to read Radio Silence immediately. I need some less drama and more murder right now. ( )
  Jonesy_now | Sep 24, 2021 |
Oh, well. What a bad start to Alice Oseman's prose. (I have read her Heartstopper graphic novels and they're great.) Reading this scared me in a lot of ways. Tori is a troubled person and her head is not a good place to be. At all. You feel uncomfortable because you know she's not well and needs help and every decision she makes is a bad one and you just want to give her a good shake.

This was Oseman's first book so there is only room for improvement and the reviews on here seem of the same opinion.
To end on a positive note, this is a quote I really liked:
"But books–they’re different. When you watch a film, you’re sort of an outsider looking in. With a book–you’re right there. You are inside. You are the main character." ( )
  _Marcia_94_ | Sep 21, 2021 |
I must preface this by saying i recently read Alice Oseman’s “Radio Silence” —and it is now my favorite book I’ve ever read so far—so I wanted to check this book out even though I knew the reviews of it were quite polarized. Knowing Oseman wrote this when she was 17, I didn’t go into this with many expectations, but, oh boy it was worse than I had anticipated. One lesson I took away from this was that if Alice Oseman went from this to Radio Silence, we all have hope.

The main problem with the book is that it is about Tori, a teenager who is “depressed” and is trying to learn to see the joy of the world. Thing is, Tori does not have depression. She is narcissistic, self centered and too annoying for a main character we are supposed to emphasize with, yes, but she shows no signs of actually dealing with depression. She gets sad over her problems at school and with problems, but that about it. Having low self esteem and struggling with your identity and life is—shocking—something that all teenagers have felt in the transition phase of their lives. Taking a complex mental health issue and boiling it down to only being about your social life and school not only creates an unbearably tiresome characters and storytelling, it also harms people that are actually dealing with mental health.

Another problem with mental health issues this book had was how nonchalantly and intensely triggering subjects, such as self harm and eating disorders, are mentioned and discussed. At one scene the speakers are playing Material Girl by Madonna and Tori gets so fed up that she states (trigger warning for self harm) “I am coming extremely close to slitting my wrists with scissors and it’s only 10:45 a.m.”
...yikes! (i literally wrote “YIKES” in all caps in a post-it and stuck it to the page because of horrible it was. I took plenty of notes during this book.)
The mention self harm is usually made up to be something “funny”—or it’s “funny because it’s true”, as Tori says about hundred times. The mentioning of eating disorders are even worse because she only brings them up when she tries to use SOMEONE ELSE’S condition as a way for HER to get sympathy because she has to help the suffering person.

The book prides itself for being “not a love story” (obvious spoilers: it is.) and being “the modernized version of The Catcher In The Rye (which it obviously is not) For a book leaning so heavily on human psychology to express its main plot, it does a horrible job at conveying it. All of the characters are so flat and stereotyped that it comes off as comical. There are many points in the book where our MC, Tori, shames girls for dressing up and wearing makeup and boys for being jocks. I don’t think I need to explain why type of discriminatory behavior is bad, especially in a book for young adults and teenagers struggling with their identities.

Tori is insufferable. At one point she comes to the conclusion that her mother, who works from home and is busy, hates her because she refused to iron Tori’s school skirt. Tori is a 16 year old, able bodied, functioning human who can iron her own skirt herself. There are many instances of this, where Tori blames other people for her problems and acts as a victim.

Oh also, there were a few complex characters but guess what? Yeah they never got explored further than to leave them to their problems because they initially come off as evil. There is a homophobic guy. Nobody suspects this problem comes from his own internalized homophobia. Tori leaves her best friend because she kept on dating the homophobic guy after he had beaten her gay brother. Sounds bad, yes, but nobody ever thinks about how she is still with the homophobic guy, who is popular, because she longs to be liked and popular in order to conceal her problems. Also when Tori confronts her about this and she gets upset Tori tells her “Are you trying to gain sympathy from me? Are you breaking up with me? This isn’t a rom-com, Becky, We are not in a lesbian drama.”
What a great and not stereotyping thing for someone—who has a gay brother at that—to say.

So to sum up this long rant, this wasn’t a good read. Since I have read Oseman’s later work—and loved them at that—I was able to catch a few glimpses of good writing segments and stylistic choices that perhaps a new reader wouldn’t be able to catch, but thats pretty much all the good things.

Final rating: 1 star out of 5. Read Radio Silence instead. ( )
  nazgumusluoglu | Jun 24, 2021 |
This book made me cringe all of ot them. The character of Tori was so cringe with the sarcastic trope. The last two chapters really made me cringe the most. I hate to say this but, I would prefer Jane Sinner from Nice Try Jane Sinner over Tori.
I guess I'm in a rut and ended up choosing two bad books in a row. ( )
  autumnrain87 | Jul 31, 2020 |
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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.

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