Radio Silence – Alice Oseman

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.

After reading the book description I knew I had, without a shadow of a doubt to read this book. I wanted to see the real Frances too.

This author has talent.

I was so hungry to know the outcome I read this book a super sonic speed and when I wasn’t reading it I was thinking about it. Firstly the plot strayed away from the norm, touching on difficult, taboo subjects and situations facing real feelings and the reality of choosing the wrong life path or being forced into a life that isn’t meant to be. Discussing pure emotion with despairing relationships then collecting them with all of the above and binding them within the pages of Radio Silence. This is exactly what Alice Oseman has done. Beautifully.

This book felt real.

What Oseman manages to achieve in this alternative coming of age novel is the valuable lesson of not only facing your fears but working to overcome them, realising mistakes are made, admitting things are not right or things have gone wrong. As a young adult of 18 how can you possibly know what life lies ahead and what your life is going to be. Hard choices are expected to be made by the younger generation at times when they are young and I feel that sadly the older generation fail to remember how hard life can be at 18, how important everything is and how troubled teenagers may become. Parents do not always know best. Parents need to learn to listen. This is a valuable lesson for Aled’s Mother, yet does she learn it?

The tale that Alice Oseman has so expertly written teaches the reader that ‘it is ok’ to be who you really are, trying to be someone else is not going to make you happy. Experiment, try new things and learn about yourself and your sexuality, do what makes you happy.

This is a must read story. A host of amazing characters which stand out in their own right, all for very different reasons, with relationships throughout that are realistic, the emotion raw and decisions life changing all crammed into short snappy chapters that are easy to read.

An excellent must read novel that I would recommend time and time again.



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