Title: Radio Silence
Author: Alice Oseman
Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books
Publication date: February 25, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+
What if everything you set yourself up to be was wrong?
Frances has always been a study machine with one goal, elite university. Nothing will stand in her way; not friends, not a guilty secret – not even the person she is on the inside.
But when Frances meets Aled, the shy genius behind her favourite podcast, she discovers a new freedom. He unlocks the door to Real Frances and for the first time she experiences true friendship, unafraid to be herself. Then the podcast goes viral and the fragile trust between them is broken.
Caught between who she was and who she longs to be, Frances’ dreams come crashing down. Suffocating with guilt, she knows that she has to confront her past…
She has to confess why Carys disappeared…
Meanwhile at uni, Aled is alone, fighting even darker secrets.
It’s only by facing up to your fears that you can overcome them. And it’s only by being your true self that you can find happiness.
Frances is going to need every bit of courage she has.
I absolutely LOVED this and I need to get Alice Oseman’s other book ASAP. I was sucked into this book from page one, and got so invested in the characters and their well-being. If I didn’t have other responsibilities, I think I would have read this entire book in one go.
There was so much diversity, and all of the characters were genuinely interesting. I found myself always want to know more about them, even the background characters. I really appreciated that there wasn’t a romance as the main focus of the story, and in fact, the main character doesn’t have a romance at all. This had a spectacular boy/girl friendship that I completely loved as well. It gave me all the found family feels. It’s difficult to find genuinely supportive, healthy relationships between teens and their parents in YA and I thought Radio Silence did an excellent job with Frances and her mother’s relationship together. Radio Silence is a story of growing up and finding your identity and trying to figure out what to do with your life and what makes you happy.
Alice Oseman was born in 1994 in Kent, England. She is studying English at Durham University. Alice can usually be found staring aimlessly at computer screens, questioning the meaninglessness of existence, or doing anything and everything to avoid doing uni work.
Alice’s first book, SOLITAIRE, was published when she was nineteen. Her second, RADIO SILENCE, was released in early 2016.