Name – Radio Silence.
Author – Alice Oseman.
Publication Date – 25th February 2016.
Publisher – Harper Collins Childrens Books.
Synopsis (Taken from Goodreads.)
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 gained this book through Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.*
I need to SERIOUSLY fangirl with someone over this book. I have so many feelings and thoughts and it could quite possibly be, my favourite book EVER!
The writing was faultless. The voice of the protagonist was amazing and so easy to connect to. This book was enlightening, funny and heartbreaking all at the same time.
All the characters felt SO real and I felt like I was reading about my best friends. I loved the diversity of the types of characters that we meet and the diversity of some of the topics that you don’t really read about much in YA. The author seemed to capture perfectly, how much pressure young people are under to do well with their education.
Frances reminded me so much of me when I was a teenager. Awkward springs to mind and I was a total awkward cheeseball. Frances is convinced the secret of life is to get good grades so she can get a good job but I felt like by the end of the book, she realised that there were more important things than that.
Aled and Frances friendship was so beautiful and I loved the way that Frances refuses to give up on her best friend, no matter how he treats her. My heart broke a few times because of them throughout this book!
I liked the whole mystery surrounding Carys but how it wasn’t the focus of the book. I felt like it was the characters that were the main focus and I loved that!
Honestly, just read it. I loved it so much and it has to be right up there with some of my favourite books.
I give this book ALL THE STARS IN THE WORLD! No explanation needed!