Author: Alice Oseman Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books Release Date: February 25th 2016 Genre: YA, Contemporary Pages: 410
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.
Okay. I don’t even know where to start with this book. Radio Silence is the story of Frances, a studious, hardworking student. When she meets Aled Last, twin brother of Carys, a girl from her past who ran away, they immediately click and realise they’re like the same person. She starts to feel closer to him than she has to anyone ever before, and vice versa in his terms. Their friendship only continues to grow and grow over their common interest in a podcast known as Universe City. That is until, the trust between them is broken after a mistake Frances unintentionally makes. I think there’s no way to pinpoint the exact moment my obsession and adoration for this piece of perfection began, but there’s been a few lines along the way that have changed. My. Life. Literally. “I just sort of want to say something before we continue. You probably think that Aled Last and I are going to fall in love or something. Since he is a boy and I am a girl. I just wanted to say – We don’t. That’s all.” Never before have I seen a book that portrays a boy-girl friendship in such a perfect way, without any hit of chemistry or sexual tension between them. I loved the fact that this book was overridden with diversity. With a bi main character (which is a very rare thing), a major demisexual character, more than one gay character and absolutely no hint of a straight couple, Oseman perfectly captures what the real life is like –– that it’s not always straight people. And the way she explores some of the character’s sexualities is done so well and I admire her for this. “I wanted so badly to ask him. But that’s the one thing you just can’t ask. You’ve just got to wait until they tell you.” Ugh, I just loved loved this book so much and I’m so sad it’s over. The diversity was not the only thing I thought was fantastic in this book. I also loved the element of mystery regarding who Radio Silence and February Friday were. I loved how Oseman really connects with this generation by including texts, and Facebook messages, and tweets and even conversations and posts on Tumblr. This book is certainly not one that I’ll be forgetting soon, and one that is without a shadow of a doubt gonna appear on my favourite books of 2017. (If it’s not there, you’ve got full entitlement to slap me across the face because I will obviously not be thinking.) I would give this book 20 stars if I could. But unfortunately, 5 is the maximum, so Alice Oseman, 5 stars is certainly what you’re going to get.