Solitaire is Alice Oseman's first novel, published in July 2014 by HarperCollins.
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.
Set in 2011, Solitaire follows seventeen-year-old chronic pessimist, Tori Spring. Throughout the novel, Tori creates (and destroys) relationships, debatably platonic or romantic, while managing family issues, mental health and the uprise of a local 'prankster' group, whose actions are both growingly concerning and dangerous. Begrudgingly, Tori assists Michael Holden in his 'investigation' into the prank group, in doing so, developing a reluctant friendship.
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Solitaire has two ebooks: Nick and Charlie and This Winter, as well as an online six-part story called Five Days of Solitaire (it is worth nothing that the latter isn't considered canon anymore, since Nick and Charlie's personalities have developed and changed a lot for Heartstopper). Some of the characters of Solitaire also appear in Party Girls.
- Although Solitaire was originally set in 2011, Heartstopper takes place in 2016, which means that it would technically take place in January 2017 in the updated timeline. However, Alice has said that neither Solitaire not Heartstopper takes place in any specific year.
- Solitaire is the second book Alice wrote, but the first that was published.
- Both Tori's personal blog and the Solitaire blog exist in real life (the Solitaire blog under a different name than the original however, as "solitaire.co.uk" is taken by people who just love the card game).
- Alice got her publishing deal for Solitaire when she was only 17, which, according to Wikipedia, she is "notable" for.
- Along with Radio Silence, upon the release of Oseman's third book, I Was Born For This, Solitaire's UK cover received a redesign from HarperCollins designer, Ryan Hammond.