Solitaire by Alice Oseman

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This article is about the book. For the series, see Solitaire by Alice Oseman (series).

Cover of Solitaire by Alice Oseman
Author(s) Alice Oseman
Published July 31, 2014
Publisher Harper Collins Children's Books UK
Genre(s) Contemporary
Age group Young Adult

Solitaire by Alice Oseman is a young adult contemporary novel, originally published on July 31, 2014. It is the first book in the Solitaire series.

Trigger Warnings

Author-Provided Warnings

The content warning given on the author's website:

SOLITAIRE is a story about mental illness told through an unreliable narrator. The presentation of mental illness in this story is sensationalised, underexplained, and may be harmful to readers who have experienced mental illness. Please read safely and responsibly.

Please also note that SOLITAIRE is a much darker, more graphic, more serious book than the HEARTSTOPPER series, and may not be suitable for all readers who have enjoyed HEARTSTOPPER.

As of August 2020, Alice is currently in the process of making editorial changes to SOLITAIRE.

  • References to suicide and suicide attempts
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Self-harm
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive behaviours
  • Narrator has implied undiagnosed depression
  • Brief incidents of homophobia
  • Unchallenged misogyny and ableism

Additional Trigger Warnings

•suicide ideation

•suicide attempt


•self harm (minor referenced)

•eating disorders

•brief incidents of homophobia



An asterisk (*) indicates that the author openly identifies with that identity.

  • Asexual spectrum main character (coded, author-verified)[1]*
  • Pansexual love interest (coded, author-verified)[2]
  • Gay side character
  • Bisexual side character


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