Not a love story! Rather, a love letter to the oddballs among us, those creative and unconventional souls who too often face intolerance from family members and peers alike. Fabulous representation of LGBTQ teens.— Melissa
From critically acclaimed author Alice Oseman comes a smartly crafted contemporary YA novel, perfect for readers who love Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl. This is an utterly captivating and authentic teen novel from the author of Solitaire, which VOYA said “could put her among the great young adult fiction authors.”
Frances Janvier spends most of her time studying.
Everyone knows Aled Last as that quiet boy who gets straight As.
You probably think that they are going to fall in love or something. Since he is a boy and she is a girl.
They don’t. They make a podcast.
In a world determined to shut them up, knock them down, and set them on a cookie cutter life path, Frances and Aled struggle to find their voices over the course of one life-changing year. Will they have the courage to show everyone who they really are? Or will they be met with radio silence?
About the Author
Alice Oseman was born in 1994 in Kent, England. She completed a degree in English at Durham University in 2016 and is currently a full-time writer and illustrator. Alice can usually be found staring aimlessly at computer screens, questioning the meaninglessness of existence, or doing anything and everything to avoid getting an office job. Find out more about Alice and her books at www.aliceoseman.com.
“Oseman vividly illustrates that the world and its technologies offer opportunities for connection and fulfillment that go far beyond traditional definitions of success.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“An intense, highly engaging, well–plotted story of relationships, explorations into gay and bisexual identities, family trauma, a straight-jacket education system, and, mostly, kids yearning to be their truest selves despite it all.”
— Booklist (starred review)
“Keenly intelligent. A smart, timely outing.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Oseman is a master at combining sardonic wit with angst to create believable characters and a compelling contemporary story that will resonate with teens. VERDICT: A top pick for any YA collection.”
— School Library Journal
Praise for SOLITAIRE: “A fascinating debut from an author to watch.”
— ALA Booklist
“Oseman’s debut could put her among the great young adult fiction authors.”
— Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“Tori’s voice makes this story into a poignant yet blackly funny and even lively emotional journey. A deeply absorbing read.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Oseman proves herself a clever, witty writer.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Honest and authentic… with appeal to fans of John Green.”
— Bookseller (London)
“In [Oseman’s] punky, depressive, epigrammatic, mordant heroine Tori Spring we have a Holden Caulfield for the internet age.”
— The Times (London)
“Intrigue, suspense, and a fairly spectacular climax will appeal to teens asking the big questions.”
— ALA Booklist