March 25, 2015
DNF Review: Solitaire
Solitaire by Alice Oseman
Release date: March 30, 2015
This ARC was provided by Read Between the Lynes in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: 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.
When did I stop reading?: Page 111 of my ARC.
Why didn't I finish?: I understand you can't like every protagonist (believe me, I don't like them all). But Tori Spring was just too unlikable for me. This girl regularly expresses her dislike for reading and books and I cannot stand characters like that. I'm a strong believer that there's a book out there for everyone and I don't understand people who don't like reading at least something (whether it be graphic novels or classics, giant history tomes or YA). Additionally, she seems to think she's better than everyone else and I can't stand snobbish protagonists. So I didn't connect with the narrative, and just...nothing exciting enough was happening.
The Verdict: Feeling like a bit of a black sheep, since this has some fairly strong ratings on Goodreads. And as much as I like contemporary fic, Solitaire didn't make the grade for me.