Solitaire by Alice Oseman Review

I picked this book up a few years ago when I was out with friends because I read the blurb and thought “hey that sounds like me”. Nothing draws you into a book more than it being relatable to you.

This book definitely brought back memories of school. And with the writing style and the short chapters, it made for an easy read.

It was something very different to other books I normally go for, but I enjoyed it all the same. I think the characters were interesting and I was constantly wanting to know more about Michael Holden, the mysterious new guy at school.

I rolled my eyes when I saw the cover of the book though and it was all “this is not a love story“. But it’s not, I think they made that very clear when one of the characters starts this blog and all these pranks just because he thinks he’s in love with someone. It’s just a bit much, and Tori definitely does not swoon and fall into his arms and think he’s the love of her life.

So it’s not a love story.

But that doesn’t mean that love did not come out of this story. As in, Tori and Michael. I kind of called it as soon as I started reading the book because I still believed somewhere in there, there was a love story. So of course, two people who seem like outcasts find their way to each other. I didn’t want it if I’m honest. I just wanted them to be friends.

Aside from that, I did like it. It’s relatable and it’s got some mystery to it. This whole idea of a mysterious blog pulling pranks on the school… It makes me think of other dramas that I like with anonymous characters. Though I gotta say the reveal wasn’t too shocking, I also think it was kind of insane. Especially to think that doing something like that would make someone fall in love with you…but sure that happens in books like this. The person that does the damage always has some motive that sounds crazy.

I also think I was more interested in Tori’s brother and his issues than most others. I think the way it was described was well done and I just wanted to know more.

Then to end it all there was the lesson of the book. The idea that instead of waiting for change to happen you need to get out there and do something about yourself. This comes through Tori’s own realisation of the lesson as she tries to stop Solitaire’s actions. It was fine, I mean I guess it is something you learn when you are around that age, at school and everything is shit and you blame everything in the universe except yourself. Obviously, you can’t control everything in your life that is horrible but there are some things you can change and take action on.

And so, overall I think it was a good read. Something very different to what I’m used to but I liked the writing style. I felt like it was relatable, and will be relatable to a lot of young people who are in secondary school, though that might have something to do with the author being 18/19 when she wrote it. Still, that doesn’t take away from the fact it’s a good story with developed characters.

I give this book 4/5 stars. If you want to know what I’m reading next be sure to follow me on Goodreads! I gave myself the challenge of reading 12 books in 2018 and I’ve just finished book 10/12! Now there’s no time to waste, onto book 11/12.

~ Courtney x

Animal Crossing Switch Predictions

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Now that Nintendo has FINALLY confirmed an Animal Crossing Switch game, I thought I would share some things that I hope/predict will be in the game.

1. Integration with the Mobile App

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This is something that will most likely be in the game, I don’t know how it would work exactly but something tells me it will be a thing. I would love if they somehow connected the mobile campsite to a Switch campsite.

I thought the addition of the campsite in the New Leaf game was super cute, and if it was a reason to keep Harvey around in the game then I would be all for it.

I also think that because they are doing some kind of integration with Pokemon Go and Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee that they would also want that for Animal Crossing. Nintendo want to keep their mobile players as well as entice them to get a Switch, so having the mobile version and the console version work together in some way would probably be some kind of advantage to them.

2. Bigger Towns!

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With the Switch, I expect nothing more than a bigger town. The towns we get in the game are usually quite big but it’s nice to have more space, more space to put public work projects, more space for more villagers, just more space for everything…

I would also love if the beach area was expanded so we could have more things there, I’m not sure what things but I think it’s nice to have a bigger beach area to wander around.

Something else that would be great as well is a bigger town plaza and shopping area. Personally, I find the town plaza can be a little small for events with Isabelle standing around and Redd and his stall. So it would be cool to have maybe a bigger plaza area.

As for the shopping area, I loved the way they did it in New Leaf, and visiting the City in Animal Crossing: Let’s Go To The City was fun but there’s no harm in making it bigger…

3. Bring Constellations Back!

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Something we don’t get to do in Animal Crossing: New Leaf is add constellations to the sky. While this is not something I usually did it was still a nice touch to the game and I know people miss it.

That being said I do really love the sky in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It was one of my favourites.

4. More Holidays!

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This is something I hope for every time there’s a new Animal Crossing game. I love special events in the game and they are always great to play alone or with friends.

I know some regions get more holidays than others but I think it would be cool if you could celebrate all holidays everywhere. Just so you can get some cool items and maybe learn a bit more about a country’s culture.

It would also be if we could make a few of our own holidays, like you can with Sims 4 Seasons, but I think that’s just me being too hopeful haha. Though I think it would be cool if you could choose what kind of celebration you had on your anniversary of becoming mayor.

5. Still the Mayor?

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I assume with this new game we will still be the mayor, I feel like the game will have the same basis as New Leaf but will just a lot more features. I don’t want a complete rehash of the previous game but things like being mayor would be nice to do.

I would also love if we got more tasks to do while being mayor, I think it was interesting how before you could really do anything in town you had a checklist to complete when you first start the game and I like that kind of thing.

I’m not saying Animal Crossing should be an entirely task-based game like some but every so often a request given to you because you are the mayor would be nice.

6. Happy Home Designer Interior Design

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It might be safe to assume that for the Switch game they are going to change the way you design the inside of your house, using the features of Happy Home Designer. I think this is something they actually did add to the New Leaf version of the game so why not make it a thing on the Switch? It’s a lot easier than walking around the whole of your house to move a bit of furniture.

7. Customise Your Character!

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I would be seriously surprised if this new Animal Crossing game did not let us customise our character. What I mean by that, is being able to change the skin tone of your character and what their face looks like.

In previous Animal Crossing games, you didn’t get to decide what you’re character looked like, it was chosen based on some questions you answered in the beginning. But since the addition of Happy Home Designer, we have been able to choose what our character looks like as well as their skin tone. So I hope this is something we can do in the new game.

Especially because I have been using the same Animal Crossing character for as long as I can remember so it would be great if I could just create them in the beginning rather than having to use an online face guide.

8. More Stuff!

I guess to end this blog post, I should say we just want more stuff. More of everything.

More items, more holidays, more clothes, more fruit, more collectables…the list goes on.

One of the things I love about the Animal Crossing series is that the basic game will always be the same, and all we want is for it to be improved upon and made the best it can be.

I feel like there were more things I could have added to this list but those are all the ones that I can think of for now.

I’m excited to find out more about the game as time goes on. I am hoping for a summer game release like they did with New Leaf, I think it would be a good time to release the game just because they have a lot happening in town in terms of bugs/fish and the fireworks shows. Plus it means not having to wait almost a whole year for it to be released. The earlier it’s released in 2019 the better!

Until then, I think I will just have to be content with the other Animal Crossing games we have so far…

~ Courtney x