This Winter by Alice Oseman

This Winter


Genre: YA, Mental Health, LGBT
Pages: 120
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Rating: 4.16 stars

Summary: A short story, based on characters from Solitaire – praised as ‘The Catcher in the Rye for the digital age’ — The Times

I used to think that difficult was better than boring, but I know better now …

I’m not going to think about the past few months, about Charlie and me, and all of the sad. I’m going to block it all out. Just for today.

“Happy Christmas,” I say.

The festive season isn’t always happy for Tori and her brother Charlie. And this year’s going to be harder than most. 

I remember reading Solitaire back when it was out and i didn’t particularly like it. But after that time i kept reading the novellas around it (Nick&Charlie and also Heartstopper) because i did like those characters. But after reading This Winter i can’t help but ask myself whether I should reread the book because the writting is pretty awesome and i do like the characters.

Anyway, the novella is pretty simple, a day in the life of the siblings, Tori, Charlie and Oliver. The day being specifically christmas day.

The story is mostly about Charlie’s problems with the family after being in a mental hospital and his eating disorder.

There isn’t much to say about the story as it pretty short and it tells itself. But i do like the fact that for the first time after so many years i’m wanting to reread Solitaire.

I recommend the novella mostly to people wanting to know more about the characters and enjoy a bit about Nick and Charlie.

I gave the novella a 3.5 stars.

Have you read this novella? Have you read the main book, Solitaire? Did you like it? Leave your comment down below!

3 thoughts on “This Winter by Alice Oseman

  1. Great review. I am unfamiliar with Solitaire so probably this Novella wouldn’t work for me. Glad it made you want to reread the main book though.

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