Solitaire by Alice Oseman
"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 exams 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 is trying to do, and I don't care about Michael Holden. I really don't."- summary from Amazon
This was a really interesting book. While there is a central mystery to the book, the majority of it is fairly quiet. It was a nice change of pace from all the action-packed fantasy and paranormal books I'd been reading lately. Tori is a fascinating character and the reader really gets to know her throughout the book. As a narrator, she's very closed off in the beginning, but as Solitaire takes over the school and Michael Holden takes her out of her comfort zone, she really starts to come out of her shell. The ending is extremely crazy and is fairly action-packed for a contemporary. It's something that the book was slowly building toward and keeping the reader captivated and intrigued. I also did enjoy the character of Charlie, her gay brother, who's different from most of the gay characters you seem to see in YA and his story was very interesting.
Oseman has written an original debut featuring some realistically written teen characters, and I am excited to see what she has in store for us next.
FTC: Received ARC from publisher. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profits go toward funding contests.