Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Posted March 6, 2017 by Ely in Reviews / 4 Comments

Radio Silence Book Cover Radio Silence
Alice Oseman
YA Contemporary
HarperCollins
February 25th 2016
Paperback
410
Purchased

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 don’t know how this review is going to go. I’m not sure how much I have to say about Radio Silence, but I want to talk about it. Alice Oseman is one of my favourite authors so I want to support her in every possible way, and of course, reviewing her books is one of the easiest ways to do that. Plus I really think more people need to read this book.

Radio Silence is the story of Frances, who is in her last year of high school and is preparing for University. She’s determined and focused to get where she wants to go. She’s also obsessed with this podcast called Universe City that she spends all of her free-time listening to and drawing fanart for.

I can’t explain to you how connected I felt to Frances. I was incredibly determined in high school, and as a result I started to feel very burnt out like Frances eventually does. I didn’t feel happy at school and I struggled to connect with my friends anymore, so I could really see myself in the book in that way. I haven’t actually read many books that accurately describe how I felt in school until Radio Silence. I really shouldn’t have been surprised, because I felt the same way about Solitaire, Alice’s debut. School works a little differently in the UK to here in Australia, but the sentiment was still there. So I highly recommend this to anyone who struggled or is struggling with school and the fear of what’s to come afterwards.

One of my absolute favourite things was the friendship between Frances and Aled. I loved that it was a male/female friendship but that was it—there was absolutely no romance between them and I loved that. They also just had a really, really beautiful friendship. They support and loved each other so much that it reminded me a little of my friendship with Michelle, Angel and Miranda. Positive, healthy friendships are one of my favourite things to read about in books, and I don’t know that there’s anyone who does that better than Alice Oseman.

All in all, Radio Silence is filled with the same beautiful, strikingly honest writing that made me fall in love with Solitaire and Alice Oseman in the first place. I highly suggest you go and get yourself a copy of this now.

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4 responses to “Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

  1. I’m really curious to read this book – I keep seeing it everywhere. I think its time I finally picked it up, especially as I liked books with real friendships. There don’t seem to be many friendship books these days…

  2. ISN’T IT JUST BRILLIANT??? I loved their friendship and that it wasn’t a romance <3 And all the great rep. And I just really connected to Frances like you did. Can't wait until Alice Oseman comes out with another book.

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