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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 aWhat 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....

Title : Radio Silence
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ISBN : 9780007559244
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Number of Pages : 403 Pages
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Radio Silence Reviews

  • Alice Oseman
    2019-02-21 13:21

    above average. would heartily recommend. great present idea for angry internet people.

  • softlykaz
    2019-03-15 17:28

    do not pity the dead, harry, pity the living, and above all those WHO HAVE NEVER READ THIS BOOKthis book was like, the spiritual equivalent of eating a perfectly toasted bagel. it was so so good and so adorable and I feel so soft on every level of metaphorical interpretation. I honestly just want to SCREAM about this book & these characters forever and let that be my career. I swear I have such a fucking obsessive personality and once I like something I invest my entire livelihood into it and forget how to have any other interests or know how to SHUT UP ABOUT IT!! look, I don’t know how to say “I fucking love this book” in a way that will make your heart ache as much as mine does and I hate being so clumsy with words but I REALLY REALLY WANT YOU GUYS TO READ IT. so like, [slides y'all a crumpled 10$ bill] please do'you may be very small but you are all very important in the universe.'this book was a show of unity to the millennial experience. and it’s not just the memes and the music references and the general sensation of nostalgia and loss and isolation but just the feeling of closeness, like a warm and soft presence tracing on your back. like someone reaching through time and space to grasp your fingers. like you & the characters are ascending bodies to meet up a few miles above earth to chill.the accuracy was truly poignant. the characters talk about emotions and thoughts in so much depth that I would notice things about myself that I was completely unaware of. I honestly just want to paint the entirety of this book on my walls and post every quote on every social networking site and scream them from the rooftops and get a t shirt with them on it and bathe in them and wow have I mentioned how much I LOVE THIS BOOK?? I feel like I haven't been clear enoughOK. THE CHARACTERS:✨ FRANCES JANVIER“When you get to this age, you realize that you’re not anyone special after all. It's like...this is all there is. This is the only special thing about me.”I relate to Frances because I too thought being 18 would be a lot more exciting than me legitimately considering whether 5pm is too early to go to bed. but here I am, an 18 yrs old college student going on becoming emotionally a 40 yrs old divorcee struggling to find unconditional acceptance & financial security. so guess what? I’d very much like to unsubscribe from adulthood there was an undeniably unifying effect in the daily struggles Frances went through. because nothing really says you’re a newbie adult like being too high strung, too stressed out & too anxious to be carefree no matter how bad you want to be carefree. add in a good ol’ fashioned panic attack about your life decisions and the fact that every single move you make is extremely critical to what path you’re going to take for the next 5 or 10 years and you're all set! I don't know how much of this is universal but I seriously related to Frances so much. from how she felt like she's accidentally tricked certain people into thinking she had more potential than she actually does and directing her entire energy into trying to impress everyone. to finding out just how many different perceptions everyone has of you in their heads and how literally so scary and stressful that is. to discovering that your entire worth is being based on which major you choose and which college you go to, as if when you were created, you already came with a career label, than it is on being a decent person and trying to understand the concept of your place in this life. to learning that there’s really no such thing as living in the moment because the 'now 'does not exist when you’re constantly being pushed into the future. point is, life woud have been much better if we were all just young wizards attending hogwarts now let's be real.but through Frances, this book tells you that the potential of anything exists in you. why live such a restrictive existence when you could LITERALLY be anything?? it's all about YOU and who you become and who you're going to become after that, kind of like an ombré of your own personality. everything gets less intolerable when you realize no one is worth impressing and everyone is caught up in their own fragmented feeble senses of selves and it's time you stop staring at your potential in the eye and denying it!! but mostly, it’s telling you that your struggles are valid. your doubts are valid. your choices are valid. your passions are valid. your feelings are valid. YOU are valid. ✨ ALED LAST'I see you in every fire that lights. In the end I wish it had been me who’d fallen into the Fire, though maybe that’s a selfish thing to say. The Fire that touched you must have come from a star. You were always brave enough to get burned in the Fire.”I care about 1 (one) boy and his name is Aled Last. I love him. He's one of those genuinely kind people whom you just want to hold you and tell you stories because they have so much art in their souls that is aching to come out and all you want is to see them shine like you know they can and maybe the world doesn’t deserve to see their creativity but god does it need to!!Aled Last is the mastermind behind the amazing Universe City podcast that's garnered a lot of fans. throughout this book, we accompany Aled on his (ongoing) journey as he realizes his potential and how vital he is to the things he cares about and how much he contributes to the things he's passionate about. as he begins to learn to not let anyone make him feel self-conscious about the different ways he expresses himself and stop oversimplifying the effect his existence has on every single thing he interacts with.Aled also struggles with extreme depression & the concept of accepting his friends' help vs. feeling like he's blackmailing them into being nice or feeling sorry for him & also the feeling of stagnation that's often rooted in it. this book deserves so many thumbs up for not portraying mental illness as something you could simply 'beat' if you throw the right punch or easily 'overcome' with "it gets better" talks. so while Radio Silence does end on a brighter note for Aled, there's no sugarcoating that recovery is a long-term process.Aled's arc was also centered around his abuse and god was the need to retreat into this book and envelop him in millions of soft blankets so fucking overwhelming. and at times, so unbearable I had to physically put a distance between me and the book. it really amazes me how much this book manages to so accurately capture how having abusive parents can be really tricky. because not only do you grow up measuring your strength by how much pain you can endure, you start to believe that abuse and neglect can coexist with love. you’re told that you’re loved even though you’re being abused. you’re continuously being guilt tripped for being fed and being provided a roof over your head, as if that’s not their responsibility as a parent, as someone who chose to bring you into this world, as if it’s not a part of the damn job description. Aled's journey to learning that abuse negates love, that calling her “mom” and him “dad” doesn’t mean they inherently know how to be that, that there's a power imbalance that should never be abused and that absolutely no child should be scared or feel unsafe around their parents, felt so personal to me. and I don't know what else to say except that I'm sending love & warm thoughts to everyone whose homes are places they're hurting. I hope the universe is tender to you all. always.“we are going to bring beautiful things into the universe.”✨ ALED AND FRANCES: PLATONIC SOULMATES“And I’m platonically in love with you.”“That was literally the boy-girl version of ‘no homo’, but I appreciate the sentiment.”I find the concept of platonic soulmates so fucking amazing. finding someone who you feel complete with without having to worry about losing them to messy romance because they’ll be your best friend forever is a warm luxury everyone deserves. it's such a less selfish, much more equal, and always more rewarding kind of loving.I love how this book completely de-romanticizes the idea that romantic love is the end goal of all forms of love, that only it will transform you into the person you want to be. instead it's promoting friendship as an empowing and more freeing sort of love, that not only a romantic partner has the potential to motivate you into becoming a better person and show you the worth you don’t see in yourself, that person could be: your absolutely batshit crazy best friend, your runaway sister and this other girl who's always just so happy to skip class and drive them wherever and whom you've never even met before!! and I think that’s beautiful.honestly though, their friendship made my heart grow at least ten sizes bigger. and you know when it’s sunny and dogs chill outside with their heads gently tilted towards the sun and they look so peaceful and feel so warm when you touch them?? that’s how they made my heart feel✨ DIVERSITY/REPRESENTATIONI think everyone's a bit bored with boy-girl romances anyway. I think the world's had enouh of those, to be honest.first of all, can we just collectively appreciate the fact that all main characters are QUEER AF?? all of them. and the discussions surrounding their sexualities were so incredibly well done I swear the only other time I felt this much loved and supported was when the bread was free at a restaurant!! so Frances is bisexual and biracial (British/Ethiopian). Aled is demisexual. Daniel is gay and is a South Korean immigrant. Carys, Aled's twin sister is a lesbian. Raine, France’s friend is Indian. and speaking of FACTS: YALL NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!!!!!! I would have personally bought each and every one of you a copy of this book if I weren’t so embarrassingly broke✨ you can also find this review & others on my blog!!

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    2019-02-25 13:30

    Okay, wow, I did not expect to be entirely absolutely utterly IN LOVE with this book. I mean, I am a dragon??? This is a contemporary??? What is going on with this universe. But this book totally took my entire heart and it was so freakishly relatable I had moments where I was like "Excuse me, dear author, STAHP READING MY MIND THIS IS GETTING WEIRD". So that was amazing. And just....ajfdskaldfads. I have feelings. I have like nine feelings. What is going on with this universe.#VulcanCaitBreaksDownI BARELY EVEN KNOW WHERE TO START. The characters?? Okay let's go with the characters. HOLY MELONS they were adorable. It's narrated by Frances, who is stressing out over her last year of school and preparing to get into Cambridge. She's like so so freakishly relatable I cannot even. Like she has "two selves". At school everyone knows her as Frances-The-Clever-Destined-For-Uni-Workahlic. But at home she's secretly a MASSIVE DORK and wears like crazy epic clothes (we're talking Monsters Inc leggings kind of thing) and she's a huge fangirl and artist for this podcast called Radio Silence. She has exactly 0 friends, also. UNTIL THIS BOOK OF COURSE. INTRODUCING THE BEST FRIENDSHIP STORY OF EVER. Like it shouldn't be this mindblowing to have a book that focuses JUST on friendship. But it is. Frances accidentally befriends the creator of her favourite sci-fi podcast: Aled Last. Now excuse me while I become a squish. They are so amazing. They are not romantic. (Frances is bisexual, but still she's not attracted to Aled. And Aled is asexual and likes boys.) THEY ARE NOT ROMANTIC. LIKE WOW. They just had a lovely platonic beautiful friendship that just...ajfdkslad. It was precious. They were SO NERDY AND DORKY TOGETHER. The dork levels were SUPER BIG in this book. I am talking: they were on tumblr, Aled is an anonymous youtube star, and they love nerd shows and fangirling and like SERIOUSLY IT WAS SO SO COOL.SMALL LIST OF RELATABLE THINGS:• the whole "I have different personalities depending on who I'm with so I don't know who I am" scenerio that Frances faced...I think that is really really relatable for a lot of introverts?? Like we try to "fit in" when we're out and about but actually we just want to stay home and geek out over one of our obsessions interests.• And what teen doesn't haven existential crisis like biweekly?? Pfft. You know it happens.• the whole "I'm scared about my future what if I'm not clever enough for what I want to achieve" fears because HELLO THAT'S SUPER APPLICABLE• the whole struggle to make friends. Ugh, Frances. You and me, sister.• food is like really awesome• everyone agrees• I agree twice so that's like double confirmation• stressing out so much and getting super bad anxiety because LIFE AND FINISHING SCHOOL CAN BE LIKE THAT• nerdy clothes; like seriously they're awesome• the struggles of the internet (like this just felt SO REAL to me because Aled's podcast ends up getting hatemail and it's horrible and while I have not experienced that, I have been attacked on the internet. It's horrible. Especially if you have anxiety. So like, wow. This book like SO GOT IT. I just felt like cry/flailing. Both. All at once.)And can I just say Aled is my precious little anxious ball of marmalade? Because I really love him. I COULD SQUISH HIM. Like Frances was a 100% awesome narrator who I loved too. But I just....ajfdkslad Aled went through so much and I just related to him and just AFJDKSALD ALED.Also diversity WIN here. Frances is biracial Ethiopian/white British. Aled definitely has anxiety (probably depression). Basically everyone is queer. And definitely everyone is a huge geek. (Shhh of course it's diverse to be a geek.)And shout out to Frances' mum. WHO WAS AWESOME. Finding epic parents in YA books isn't like...easy. I mean, if you've got a magnifying glass you can find a few. And maybe some powerful wizard locating charms, a manhunt, several traps, and a prayer -- sure then you can find some. But, ahem, that aside. It was absolutely LOVELY to have France's mum be (A) supporting, (B) geeky too, (C) wear a unicorn onesie, and (D) get in on the plots to help the kids out when they needed it. And like Frances texted her mum her location and like, dude, thank you.The whole book was just SO REALISTIC?! They stopped being characters and just were amazingly real people.OMG IF I SAY "REAL" OR "RELATABLE" ONE MORE TIME, HIT ME WITH A FRYPAN. I'M ANNOYING MYSELF HERE.(But seriously, that's how much it impressed me.)Plus it does have a plot!! I mean, it's 500 pages and I do think that's too long for a contemporary. But it's not just about highschool and deciding what to do with your future. It's about being yourself and figuring out WHO THAT IS. It's also about creating art and being a fangirl, and then there's the mystery of "what happened to Aled's sister who just ran away from home one day" coupled with Aled's abusive mother. Then there's like random sleepovers and discussions and midnight math sessions and SNACK BREAKS and just -- ajfdklsadfsd.How does this book win for characters AND writing AND plot?!? It's wizardry. That's it. It's officially: wizardry. I basically will bEG you to read this book. It is absolutely amazing and HIT ME IN THE FEELS and I may or may not have felt like my soul was fracturing 2 or more times. All these emotions omg. Ridiculous. This is such a stupendous book and a definite new favourite of my ever.

  • LolaReviewer
    2019-03-17 15:39

    The easiest five-star-rating I gave this year to a YA book. I was going to say to a book, forget the YA thing, but ‘‘Kings Rising’’ got a five stars from me the moment I finished reading the first sentence. Damen & Laurent forever and ever.The friendship between Frances and Aled is definitely what I liked best. Or maybe not. It’s hard to pinpoint the most impressive thing about this book, honestly. The pacing is fabulous (such short chapters!), the atmosphere is great, the humour is uplifting, the characters are very much three-dimensional… Not so easy to choose the winning element. I don’t know if I’m biased or not, though. Frances and I have so much in common that I do wonder if I would have liked this as much if we had been less similar. Probably. I can be an idealist in this context, can’t I?Frances and I are both nerds who prefer studying to hanging out with friends at parties. We’re both independent chicks who know what they want and aim as high as possible. And we’re both bisexual, maybe? She has things a little bit more figured out than I do. Good for her.Aled is adorable. I loved how his presence in the story added mystery. Obviously, this is not a mystery novel, but with Aled comes a lot of questions. He made me quite curious. Frances and I both. Ha-ha, maybe I should start saying ‘‘us’’. Keep dreaming. I do prefer to think that if she were a real person, we’d be the best of best friends. But everyone wants the exact same thing when they find a character they adore, no? In the beginning, ‘‘Radio Silence’’ is very light—almost as light as ‘‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’’—but then everything gets more intense as we get to learn more about Aled, his mother and his sister. If you go through my ‘‘favourites’’ shelf, you’re going to realize that there aren’t a hundred contemporary YA novels to which I’ve given 5 stars. But my inner self would start screaming at me like a possessed woman if I even think for a second of choosing the ‘‘really liked it’’ option instead of the ‘‘it was amazing’’ one.Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  • Nat
    2019-03-01 10:42

    “Hello. I hope somebody is listening.”Radio Silence has been on my wishlist for ages, so I figured the time has come to pick it up. And wow was time right.We follow Frances Janvier's final school year. 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.Frances is obsessed with Universe City, a YouTube podcast show about a suit-wearing student detective looking for a way to escape a sci-fi, monster-infested university.“Nobody knew who made the podcast, but it was the voice of the narrator that got me addicted to the show – it has a kind of softness. It makes you want to fall asleep. In the least weird way possible, it’s a bit like someone stroking your hair.”That's what I thought when I listened to my first podcast episode: it makes you want to fall asleep (in the best way possible).Oh, and Frances is also mixed-race & bisexual.This review contains mild *spoilers*.When Frances meets Aled Last, the shy genius behind her favourite podcast, she discovers a new freedom.“I never told anyone about Universe City,” he said, glancing back at me. “I thought they’d think I was weird.”There were a hundred things I could have said in reply to that, but I just said:“Same.”Same here, too.I also loved how they slowly became good friends, it's one of my favorite things to read about in books:“Just before he left, as we were standing in the doorway, I said:“Where did you get your shoes? They’re so nice.”He looked at me like I’d told him he’d won the lottery.“ASOS,” he said.“Ah, cool.”“They’re …” He almost didn’t say it. “I know they’re weird. They were in the women’s section.”“Oh. They don’t look like women’s shoes.” I looked at his feet. “They don’t look like men’s shoes either. They’re just shoes.” I looked back at him and smiled, not quite sure where I was going with this. He was staring at me, his expression now completely unreadable.“I have a coat from Topman,” I continued. “And I tell you what, the men’s section of Primark is the best for Christmas jumpers.”Yes! Thank you for addressing this in writing.And for a second there I was troubled that this was going to become a love story, but I needn't have worried.“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.”I felt so surprised (in a good way) when she addressed the reader. I even had that Robert De Niro moment:But I just... I loved how well-developed and real the friendship between Frances and Aled was:“Our friendship had become this:(00:00) Frances JanvierHAPPY BIRTHDAY HOPE YOU’RE FEELING PARTY AFLOVE U LOADS U BEAUTIFUL MANCAN’T BELIEVE MY SMALL BUDDY IS A MAN NOWI’M CRYING(00:02) Aled Lastwhy are you tormenting me with cringe messages like this(00:03) Frances Janvier¯\_(ツ)_/¯(00: 03) Aled LastWowthank u tho luv u (✿♥‿♥)(00:04) Frances Janvier”THAT was cringe m8(00:04) Aled Lastthat was payback "Literally cry-laughing over their messages.Speaking of... the humor in this book was right up my alley.“There was a huge Facebook event for the post-exams night happening at Johnny R’s on the same day, which everyone in sixth form had been invited to, but I didn’t really want to go. Firstly, everyone was just gonna get drunk, which I could do perfectly well by myself in my lounge while watching YouTube videos instead of having to worry about catching the last train home or avoiding sexual assault. Secondly, I hadn’t really spoken to any of my school friends apart from Raine very recently, and I think if we were in The Sims, our friendship bar would almost be back to nothing.”I don't know why, but that Sims reference made me crack up for days....On a more serious note, I went into this book thinking that Frances was asexual (not bisexual), so that was a mistake on my part. But Radio Silence talked about really important topics in such an inclusive way, I loved it.“Like, it’s one of the reasons that I got so into Universe City in the first place. Because Radio falls in love with all sorts of people, boys and girls and other genders and … like, aliens and stuff.” I laughed and he smiled too.“I think everyone’s a bit bored with boy-girl romances anyway,” he said. “I think the world’s had enough of those, to be honest.”True!!!Also, the pop-culture references were written in such a smooth way!! There was talk of Harry Potter, Youtubers, Twitter (including tweets)... and again, the instant messages between Frances and Aled were hysterical.Social media was just handled in a really well way, both the positive and the negative aspects. I mean, when some people in the fandom were acting like literal detectives trying to expose someone online, it was scary. Not gonna lie.Messing with the privacy of a person who clearly wanted to remain anonymous? Not cool.“It was disgusting. People who knew Aled in real life had taken stuff from his private Facebook. They’d listened in on my conversation with Jess and quoted me. What was this? Who did they think I was? A celebrity?”I'm very glad Alice Oseman included this.Also, on a completely unrelated note— can we take a minute to appreciate Raine? Because I loved it whenever she showed up. She just said whatever she wanted whenever she wanted. Incredible.“Is that an ‘Oh my God you look absolutely ridiculous’?” I said, getting into the passenger seat, “because that’s an understandable reaction.”“No, I mean I didn’t know you were so … pop punk. I thought I was gonna have to corrupt the nerdy one, but … you’re not actually a nerd, are you?”She appeared to be being genuine.“This is real, this is me,” I said.She blinked. “Did you just quote Camp Rock at me? That’s not very pop punk.”“I’ve gotta go my own way.”“Okay, firstly, that’s High School Musical …”Ha! She took my line about Camp Rock!!Also, quoting old Disney Channel movies in books? Yes, please.Truly though, Lorraine Sengupta had my heart because her lines were the absolute best. She's a sunshine angel.Oh, and as I mentioned before about asexuality... I was really glad that it did end up being included when Aled mentioned that he's demisexual!I pretty much adored everything about Radio Silence, and my only tiny (really tiny) complaint being that the word 'literally' was used one too many times for my liking. I enjoy using it too, but while reading I prefer seeing it in moderation.Also, I just wanted to mention that this book had so many great recommendations for music artists (London Grammar, Nero, Madeon...). And yet I still somehow ended up listening to this next song on repeat because I'm obsessed with Phillipa Soo's voice. (Every single time she sings “I wrote to the General a month ago,” a piece of my heart cracks.)*Note: I'm an Amazon Affiliate. If you're interested in buying Radio Silence, just click on the image below to go through my link. I'll make a small commission!*This review and more can be found on my blog.

  • Ariel
    2019-03-01 16:15

    I wish I'd read this as a teenager. Alice Oseman so delicately and personally delivers a story about enjoying creativity and seeing life as having more options than solely "go to University."We follow Frances, a girl who is dead set on going to Cambridge... even though she doesn't really seem to understand why she got on this path in the first place or remember why it matters so much to her. It's always been her plan, so it must have been the only good option, right? When she gets involved in a YouTube podcast that she loves, through making meaningful relationships and valuing art in a new way, she starts to understand that there isn't one right option.I think Alice Oseman was the perfect person to write this book... she wrote it while still in University, at a school she chose because of its academic qualities, pursuing a subject she chose because it seemed like the clever thing to study. I really felt while reading it that she uniquely understood the subject and that having a someone who had been gone from high school for too much longer wouldn't have felt so authentic.I loved the use of technology (a YouTube podcast, Tumblr fan art, Twitter direct messages galore!) and I enjoyed the characters and growing story. My only criticism is the pace of the book, feeling that it was too long and could have been a bit shorter with a bit more plot. But hey, that's just me. Oo! And one more thing that just occurred to me: I was really interested in reading about a mixed race character (being mixed race myself) and I thought the representation was... insignificant. I'm glad she made the character more diverse, but I also didn't feel that anything was done with it. It was never really mentioned, it wasn't a part of her character or story, so I feel very neutral about it.I really enjoyed this and I look forward to reading more from Alice soon!

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    2019-02-20 15:35

    ✨ This review is marked SF for spoiler-free but will have more thoughts at the end!!“People move on quicker than I can comprehend. People forget you within days, they take new pictures to put on Facebook and they don't read your messages. They keep on moving forward and shove you to the side because you make more mistakes than you should.”There’s something so authentically millennial about this book. It’s in the sense of loss. The exploration of detachment from parents and of abuse. The music choices - London Grammar and The 1975’s Chocolate are mentioned on the same page. The diverse cast of characters and fact that literally every lead character is queer. The mention of memes. The exploration of the college experience. Or maybe it’s simply in the mood of the book, the desperate plea, throughout every page, to have someone listen. Maybe some will argue this dates the book, but I think it’s exactly the power of Radio Silence - that it feels real to the teen experience, both its themes and its current moments. I think everyone's a bit bored with boy-girl romances anyway. I think the world's had enouh of those, to be honest.🌺 If you’re looking for a book about platonic friendship, you should read this. Frances and Aled have the best-written, most compelling friendship. And I love that every single driving relationship in this book is either platonic or queer. Like, guys, this is incredible. This book invented mlm and wlw solidarity and also platonic love. 🌺 While the focus of the book is Aled and his podcast, the amount of real depth put into these characters and the amount of thought put into their emotional journies is so fucking incredible. Frances' arc around wanting to be seen and her journey into university is amazing. And though he’s not even the narrator, Abel’s paralell journey around his own abuse is equally amazing. “When you get to this age, you realized that you’re not anyone special after all. It's like... this is all there is. This is the only special thing about me.”🌺 The exploration of college pressures felt so authentic. And awesome. And raw. I loved how pro-living-your-life this book was!!🌺 The fucking diversity. When was the last time you read a book with a biracial bisexual lead featuring her gay demi bestie, his Asian maybe-boyfriend, and her found family of basically entirely queer characters? Because I know I never have. I think everyone's a bit bored with boy-girl romances anyway. I think the world's had enouh of those, to be honest.🌺 Above all else, this is a book about a group of characters learning to love each other and themselves. There’s so much found family and the Skwad of five formed at the end of the book is literally?? amazing.I wish I could be as subtle and beautiful. All I know how to do is scream.I think the thing I loved so much about this book is how timely it feels. I know that’s a complaint many will have about it, and I appreciate that books with this many current references date quickly. But maybe that’s for the best. This is a book that’s going to speak to a lot of people. This is also a book that a lot of thirty-year-olds are fundamentally not going to understand. This is also a book that teens will not be talking about in ten years because none of it is of their time. But this is also the kind of novel I can picture being analyzed by some college class a hundred years from now discussing teenage society in the 2010s - a stunningly specific yet strangely universal story. It is one of the only books I have ever read that truly captures what it is like to be a young adult in this generation.Brief, spoilery final thoughts under the cut:(view spoiler)[✨ sometimes a family can be you, your Very Platonic best friend, his boyfriend, your lowkey ex-girlfriend who is also your best friend’s brother, and this girl who keeps ditching class to hang out with you and who you DEFINITELY should date✨ that final moment where Frances mentions the Three New characters who just showed up on Aled’s show and you’re like!!!!!!!! Marine Jupiter and Atom poll in the comments try to guess who’s who✨ Daniel and Aled Daniel and Aled!!!!!!! the fact that the word demi was used!!!!!!!! screaming for 4000 years!!!!!!!!✨ Raine is just so pure?✨ more to come when I reread, which will inevitably be soon (hide spoiler)]Anyway guys, in case you couldn’t tell, I’ve dedicated my life to Radio Silence and I want you all to go read it. I’m going to cry from emotional catharsis now. Highly highly highly recommended. and thanks to Amelie (who is still totally going to read TRC for me 👀👀) and all of the other people who forced this one on me, because wow, what a book.

  • ✨jamieson ✨
    2019-03-17 15:13

    Me: time to talk about Radio Silence!*clears voice*Me: ARRRRRRRRGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ I cannot, literally cannot emphasis to you how much I freakin adore this book with all my heartRadio Silence is a book I've seen promoted around, especially by my friendos Amelie and Tashaand I expected to enjoy it but what I didn't expect was to fall down a radio silence hole never to be seen again“In Distress. Stuck in Universe City. Send Help.PLEASE READ MY REVIEW I WANT PEOPLE TO READ THIS BOOKthis is one of those books that is about a lot more then it seems. At the most basic level, it's about this girl called Frances who is secretly obsessed with this fairly lowkey youtube podcast called Universe City. When she finds out the creator of it, Aled, is the guy who lives across the road from her she ends up becoming really good friends with him and the two's worlds kind of collide. This book is about Aled and Frances friendship, and the podcast Universe City, but it's also about a lot more. It's one of those books I kinda think should be gone into without knowing too much because I think the brilliant thing about it is how much depth it has underneath it's surface. Hello.I hope somebody is listening.This book made me incredibly emotional. It's one of those books that makes you happy and sad and a bit of both at the same time. I quickly found myself really invested in the lives of every single character. This is a character driven story and the characters are so so well written, rich people. The emotion and care put into each character is so obvious and I genuinely love every single character so much. The character growth is phenomenal and the book I think to compare the characters (as in, their richness rather then their personalities) is The Raven Boys. I absolutely adored these characters and it's hard not to become invested in their lives and feel the emotions they do. “I'm sending out this call via radio signal - long out-dated, I know, but perhaps one of the few methods of communication the City has forgotten to monitor - in a dark and desperate plea for help"Another thing I loved about this was the exploration of the various themes. The big theme centres around University and some of the expectations or culture surrounding university. I think these discussions were incredibly well done, and I liked that Alice Oseman offers a new perspective - that not everyone needs to or wants to go to university and that is perfectly okayGeek Culture and how each character dealt with it is one big theme. I personally really related to the whole "closet geek" thing Aled and especially Frances had going on. I think this book explored both the good and the dark sides of fandom “Things in Universe City are not what they seem"Alice Oseman writes teenagers so well. Every character in this book talked, felt and read like a real teenager of their age. I think the teen culture was so accurate ... memes, facebook, texting and getting drunk in a random ass field all came up and I was here for it. I recently made a post about things I want to see more of in YA Books and to my absolute delight this book honestly hit every single pointI mean the bit where she texts her mum a crying face and her mum texts back a thumbs up, four salsa dancing girls and a four leaf clover? relatable af. Speaking of her mum, Frances' mum is honestly one of the best YA mums ever and I freakin love her. The relationship between Frances and her mum is soo well done and I just loved that relationship was so strong and important. I also loved though that on the other end of the spectrum we have Aled's mum, who's emotionally abusive and controlling and I think showing that aspect of parenting was also really well done too. Aled's mum is fucking awful but I personally thought the exploration was done quite well. Another thing I adored was the friendships. First of all, there is a purely platonic friendship between a girl and a a boy and it's emphasised right from the start that they're not going to fall in love. They're just a platonic girl and guy friend. The friendship between Aled and Frances is honestly amazing. I just found their friendship so pure and so well done and I absolutely freakin loved the scenes of them just hanging out, making cool art together and enjoying eachothers company.“I cannot tell you who I am. Please call me ... please just call me Radio. Radio Silence. I am, after all, only a voice on a radio, and there may not be anyone listening"REPRESENTATION Another big area I want to cover is representation.The main character Frances is bisexual, as well as British/EthiopianAled is demisexual and also implied to have depressionDaniel (Aled's kind of but not really boyfriend) is gay and a South Korean immigrantAled's twin sister Carys is a lesbianRaine, Frances other best friend is IndianThere is a m/m romance, and I wouldn't call it a romance but there is also f/f representationThe general discussions around sexuality were, in my opinion, done so well. One thing I loved about Frances' bisexual representation was that she figured out she was bi through the internet which was totally relatable, and also that she's very outright with her sexuality and it's never under fire or cheapened or misrepresented. As an OV reviewing I personally found the bisexual rep to be incredibly well done. All this representation is on the page (except Aled's depression though this is heavily implied/coded)This is honestly one of the most phenomenal contemporary books I've ever read and I KNOW I just said that about The Hate U Give but I think I somehow ... also loved this even more then that and I fucking loved THUG. Every element of this was just so incredibly appealing to me. The solid m/f friendship, the parents in the story, the relationship between Aled and Daniel. The podcast, Frances worry about school, the pressure on the kids regarding school, the teenagers hanging out, the little mystery element over who is February Friday, and what happened to Carys. I read this entire 410 page book in one day and then sent an embarrassing "Im crying because I love your book" to Alice Oseman's tumblr so safe to say I really really really really loved this and honestly can everyone just stop what they are doing and read it right fucking now?? trigger warnings: parental abuse (emotional, hair cutting being the most physical), alcohol use/getting drunk, depression and suicidal implications“I wonder - if nobody is listening to my voice, am I even making any sound at all?"☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ me upon finishing thissome more quotes I loved“And I’m platonically in love with you.”“That was literally the boy-girl version of ‘no homo’, but I appreciate the sentiment.” “I think everyone’s a bit bored with boy-girl romances anyway,” he said. “I think the world’s had enough of those, to be honest.”my playlist

  • Kai
    2019-03-14 11:14

    "Everything's better under the stars, I suppose. If we get another life after we die, I'll meet you there."4.5/5 starsA girl pretending to be someone else entirely. A boy who can peel away her layers. A friendship so deep they'll never want to lose each other. And secrets that could destroy it all.I've you've read Solitaire or Radio Silence you'll know that she's one of us. Movie and book nerd, internet and 90's kid, passionate procrastinator, feminist, possibly awkward. Which is the main reason her writing is so close to my heart. It's highly relatable and highly sarcastic. No wonder I read this in a day. This was even better than her debut novel.There's many more reasons this book made happy:•I just love the characters, especially Frances' mom. She's the best. And even though you won't like the evil Mom-next-door, she's someone you'll recognise from your non-book life.•Thumbs up also for talking feminism, diversity, and sexual identity.•CAMEOS. I NEED MORE NICK&CHARLIE IN MY LIFE PRETTY PLEASE.The only thing I can criticise - and where I had to take away half a star - is the clichéd drama. But that shall be forgiven. 99% of books have that moment where you roll your eyes because of some big misunderstanding, where you know that if they'd just talk, it could be sorted out in a minute.Now, how long will I have to wait for a new Oseman book?Find more of my books on Instagram

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    2019-02-20 10:35

    *minor spoilers*Frances is a nerdy British-Ethiopian teen who is obsessed with a small podcast called Universe City. She's split between being her "school self" and real self. One self is at the top of the class, set on getting into Cambridge, and a workaholic... and the other self does Universe City fan art on Tumblr and has no true friends. One night Frances meets a quiet, anxious boy named Aled who turns out to be the creator of Universe City. He's the younger brother of a girl Frances kissed last year, so that leads into a deeper part of the plot with family problems.It was so wonderful to find a story where the main character doesn't end up in a relationship. Don't get me wrong, I obviously adore a good love story. But YA contemporaries that have a strong guy + girl friendship and let the main character remains single are so rare. When the two characters were still just friends at the end I kept staring at the book likeThe characters seriously felt more like people I'd know in real life than fictional characters, too. Everything was so well done! The writing was solid, the parents were fully formed characters, the dialogue was hilariously real, there was a ton of diversity, and there was a realistic range of sexualities. Frances is bisexual, Daniel and Carys are gay, and Aled is either asexual or demisexual. Plus, all of the situations were super believable... like the messages that Aled and Frances got via Tumblr about Universe City sounded TOTALLY real. The author really knows how fandoms can spiral out of control. OH, and major shoutout to the random Vampire Weekend song that was thrown into the story. White Sky is the greatest -- 5 extra stars for that.Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.

  • emma
    2019-02-22 10:22

    Look at me posting it up!!! Find this review hereeeeee: Is. This. do I review a book if I don’t know my feelings on it? AND HOW DO I DECIDE WHAT MY FEELINGS ARE IF I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS?Okay. Let me go with the old classics and start off by stating what I know: a synopsis and the few concrete opinions I have.So in this book we follow Frances, a studying machine who is a huge fangirl of a podcast (for a podcast? What is the proper grammar for “fangirl”). She then finds out that a total dweeb named Aled is the one making it, and they become friends and whatnot and are wildly successful and drama ensues or whatever. Aled has a lot of family drama. Things go down.That’s the story, morning glory.Now let’s get to the real treat: my opinions. How exciting.Most importantly, this book is SO EFFORTLESSLY DIVERSE. Frances is bisexual. Aled is asexual and gay. (This is technically something that is revealed later on in the story, but I don’t like treating sexuality like a spoiler generally. Ace representation especially is SO RARE and v important. So I’m not going to, like, hide that from you guys. It’s not even a huge reveal. It’s just character growth and recognition and whatnot.) Frances is also half-Ethiopian and has a single mother, as does Aled, I think. It’s all just very good. All YA should be as easily inclusive as this. It makes for a much richer story.Wow. How…earnest. Shiver.There’s also no romance in this book which is just...profoundly refreshing. But also kind of weird in this context? Because it seems very romancey at times. It just doesn’t end up that way. So I’d like more of this, please, but also less romancey even than this.The last good thing is that I read it in a day.FURTHERMORE.I did not really love or very much even like this book.I know. I don’t know how many reasons I have for it. This book and I just didn’t click. And even if there are things about it that are really very good, and even if generally I would recommend this book to those that are interested, I’m not going to make myself give this a rating that doesn’t feel true. I didn’t love the writing style. And overall I guess it just felt really strange to me. I felt so odd about marking this as “contemporary” because it DOESN’T FEEL LIKE THAT AT ALL. It’s so unrealistic as to almost not take place in our world. The way the characters act, but also just the way that people act as a felt like fantasy or magical realism. I don’t know. The plot jumped around a lot which, you know, didn’t exactly help to GROUND me in the magical world of steampunk whimsy in which we find ourselves.Plus reading about England is always slightly weird. It’s like America, but not! (Insert a million angry British people in the comments.)And “Universe City,” the podcast Aled makes/Frances obsesses over, is really just a copy of Welcome to Night Vale. It says it’s inspired by, but it’s really the same thing. And Welcome to Night Vale is a lot cooler and more exciting and interesting. This is so weird and choppy but I’m still REALLY TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHY I DIDN’T LIKE THIS. I’M SORRY.Okay. I took a two week break to reflect. I vacationed, I sat on beaches, I looked out train windows onto rainy landscapes with my head resting on my hand, other tropes about thinking. And I think I know what it is.It’s...the characters.There’s a lot of insta-friendship, which always feels uncomfy. And everyone treats each other sh*ttily (I love making the word sh*t into an adverb) and do things that people would just like, never do. Everyone is flat, and if they’re not flat then they end up acting totally unrealistically and then that MAKES them flat and I don’t get it!!!!! I am so screaming into the void right now and even the void is like you’re not making any sense!!!!!!This is the worst review I’ve ever written. AND STILL I DON’T LIKE THIS BOOK.Bottom line: Yeah read this if you want to. Literally don’t listen to me at all. I’M DELETING MY ACCOUNT BYE

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    2019-02-17 13:22

    What a PHENOMENAL book. Wow. Wow wow wow. WOW.

  • Kate (GirlReading)
    2019-03-10 13:29

    4.25* Radio Silence is a brilliantly inclusive, current and culturally relevant story. If you enjoyed Rainbow Rowell's 'Fangirl' and are looking for something with a similar feel, with the addition of diversity and art, I definitely think Radio Silence would be the perfect read for you. I loved that, despite there being a variety of sexualities, this wasn't a 'coming out' story. It was more about what the characters wanted out of life, rather than who they wanted. Their sexuality was part of them and their story but it wasn't their while narrative. It just normalised sexualities other than straight, which I thought was fantastic. The insight into university and the experience so many teens go though throughout their A Levels, GCSE's and University years was outstanding. It made me so happy to finally read a book with the message that University and grades aren't the be all and end all of life. I think this has such a positive message about so many things and will be a genuine comfort to so many of its readers. This is the kind of book I wish I had read during my exam years. After finishing this, I honestly just want to chat away to Alice Oseman, as if this novel can be taken as an insight into her views, I definitely think we'd get along. :') I loved the writing style and the pacing of the plot. There were multiple subplots but none were too intense or overwhelmed the others. They all intertwined so smoothly and the outcome was a comfortable and genuine read. Lastly, as a little added note. The cultural references absolutely made my day. Tamagotchi's, High School Musical, Camp Rock?... What more could I possibly ask for?!

  • Es Summer
    2019-02-17 16:29

    "Hello,I hope someone is listening.." Some arguments why everybody should readRadio Silence: ~~ Radio Silence (and Solitaire) are literally The Catcher in the Rye for the digital age. The author understands her readers and she is not afraid of expressing the honest truth. Her books are gritty, sad, truthful and it makes you feel understood.~~~~ The novel follows Frances, the smartest girl in class who is into podcast and art. She has a mixed race, she is bi-sexual and she has an intense relationship with a guy that is completely platonic. This book tackles subjects such as diversity, sexuality, friendship and identity in ways that is refreshing and new. There are absolutely no stereotypes and I want to call the author andthankher for making this different. Perhaps some of you are wondering what makes this so peculiar and this is nothing new. However, I have noticed that in a lot of novels these stereotypes show their ugly head and it makes me uncomfortable, to be honest. ~~~~ The friendship between the main narrator and her best friend is flawless. It felt like a breath of fresh air. It is so real and developed, without making it unnecessarily romantic. ~~~~ The prejudices of women are thrown out of the window. What I loved about Radio Silence (and Solitaire) is role of the female main narrator in the story. The characters of Alice Oseman are nothing like the usual female protagonist. Some reviews stated that the main narrator was too cynical, depressing, harsh, etc. but I kept wondering if the same thing would have been said if the story would follow a guy. Is it for some reason less acceptable that a girl shows those features in comparison with a male protagonist? All these subjects make Radio Silence strangely feministic, becauseyesthe main narrator can be cynical, sarcastic, sad and harsh, but it makes her so real in my eyes. It makes her human. She is someone I could envision myself with, drinking tea in an abandoned coffee shop, talking about life and listening to sad music on the background. ~~ Why read this review when you can read that brilliant book already?Go for it! ~~

  • Romie
    2019-03-08 12:39

    I honestly never thought that picking this book up would mean finding a new favourite book only 3 days into 2018. And yet … also why did I wait so long? To think I could have read this little masterpiece a year ago is absolutely mind-blowing. I’m the worst.I read this book with one of my best friends and in a way it reminded me of us. Of our friendship. Maybe that’s why this book is so special to me, because it felt like reading about my life.Frances is someone who, since the moment she learned what ‘clever’ meant, decided she would be clever. The cleverest person. Because we’re taught being smart, going to university, is supposed to make you happy. But she’s also this person who makes fanart for her favourite Youtube podcast, Universe City.Aled is the one behind this podcast, shy and soft boy who somehow doesn’t think he’s good enough. He struggles a lot with self-confidence, because having a mother who doesn’t think of you as worthy if you don’t get good grades will never help you. But friends can and will.When Frances and Aled meet and become friends, it’s like they’re finally able to truly be themselves. They don’t have to be this idea people have of them. They don’t have to hide behind a projection of people’s expectations of them. They’re allowed to be free.
If you put them together, they’re basically the same: same way to dress, same way to think, same way to talk … they were somehow meant to be friends. The best of friends.It’s a story that deeply touched me because I could relate so much to Frances and Aled, to their hopes, their struggles … while reading this book, it was like I was reading about myself. Frances is this small bisexual biracial — British-Ethiopian — baby and finding myself represented in her was the most wonderful thing ever. Aled is demisexual, best friend with gay British-Korean sweetheart Daniel, brother to badass and independent lesbian Carys. Have you ever heard of a contemporary this diverse? It made my heart melt.In this book, both Aled and Frances deals with anxiety which made so much sense to me, made me feel like it was okay for me to be feeling all these things. Aled also deals with severe depression. It’s not said this way, like it’s never stated that he’s suffering from depression, but as someone who has to deal with this, I know it when I see it. Does that make sense? Aled just reacted the same way I did, and I’m not saying it’s amazing that he has depression, but the rep in itself was amazingly done.I feel like I’m not doing justice to this book. I want everybody to pick it up because it spoke to my heart, made me feel understood and loved. This book got what it’s like to be a teenager or a young adult nowadays. It got the pressure people put on our shoulders to go to university and study, no matter what, even if you’re not good at it. It got it perfectly. It got the fears and hopes of our generation. This book is our generation in a nutshell.This book is a pure gem and I love it with all my heart.“Everyone's different inside their head.”

  • clara
    2019-03-04 11:20

    Hello.I hope somebody is listening.I don’t even know what it is about this book, but I just felt so warm and happy after finishing it. I honestly didn’t expect myself to like Radio Silence all that much, because I’m not usually a fan of contemporaries, but this surpassed my expectations and I actually really enjoyed it. Alice Oseman writes in a way that I feel truly captures the essence and feeling of what it is like to be a teenager or young adult in this day and age. All of the characters felt so realistic and her use of references to modern culture (such as memes and music) only helped to ground this book further - not to mention the texting at 2am, getting drunk in a field etc. etc.So basically, I really liked this. The only reason this isn’t a full five stars is because I felt like the writing was a little clunky and awkward in places.✨ Characters ✨ Frances JanvierBeing clever was, after all, my primary source of self-esteem. I’m a very sad person, in all senses of the word, but at least I was going to get into university.Frances starts off as a socially awkward, self-confessed study machine. Everything she does is to get into Cambridge, the university of her dreams since the age of 7 (??). But as she grows throughout the book, she eventually realises that no, university isn’t everything in life. The discussions in this book about university and university culture (idk if that’s even a thing, but anyway) were so incredibly important. I loved the message this book conveyed, that even if you don’t want to go to university, it’s perfectly fine. it’s about doing what you want to do with your life. Not what everyone else tells you to do, and not what society sees as ‘normal’. I also don’t think I’ve ever related to someone as much as I related to Frances. I used to be (and still am, tbh) obsessed with doing well in academics. I was really ambitious, and although I procrastinated way too much to be able to call myself a ‘study machine’, I cared way too much grades. The way she struggled with other people’s perception of her also really resonated with me. Aled LastI wonder- if nobody is listening to my voice, am I making any sound at all?Aled is soft and adorable and so pure and I just want to give him a warm hug. He’s my smol son and a gift to mankind, and I will fistfight this universe and the next for him even though I’m pretty much the weakest human being alive.He was such a genuinely nice person and my heart broke for everything he had to endure. His character arc was just as amazing as Frances’s, and reading about him slowly dealing with the emotional and physical abuse he had suffered at the hands of his mum was so heartwrenching.Frances’ mum Mum was in the lounge in her unicorn onesie watching Game of Thrones.I adored Frances’ mum. I mean, she literally wears unicorn onesies and texts her daughter salsa-dancing girl emojis at one point in the book. Not to mention the fact that Frances and her mum had the best relationship ever and it was so nice to see a supportive parental figure being represented in YA books.✨ Frances and Aled's friendship ✨ “I’m platonically in love with you.”“That was literally the boy-girl version of ‘no homo’, but I appreciate the sentiment.”Yes! To! Platonic! Relationships! In! Books! The lack of romance was so refreshing and Frances and Aled’s friendship is so healthy and Wholesome (apart from that part where it wasn’t). I am so, so glad that Oseman decided that Frances and Aled weren’t going to be romantically involved, because I think this is probably one of the few YA books I’ve read in which romance doesn’t play a prominent role. ✨ Diversity ✨ I also wanted to mention that the diversity in this book is absolutely amazing, and it’s woven into the story in such an effortless way. Frances is biracial (half-Ethiopian) and bisexual, while Aled is demisexual. Daniel is Korean and gay and Carys is lesbian.✨ Bottom Line: I adored this book so much and I would highly recommend it if you’re looking for a refreshing, diverse take on the contemporary genre.__________________________this book literally made me so happy and warm inside and i really just want to give aled a hug.RTC

  • Bee (Heart Full of Books)
    2019-03-12 13:23

    I've tried to write this review so many times but I don't think there are words that sufficiently describe how much I love this book and how much it means to me. Solitaire was my favourite read of 2015 and somehow Alice Oseman has managed to outdo herself. There was an amazing amount of racial and sexuality diversity and I loved every. single. character. The relationship Frances had with her Mum was SO CUTE and definitely some of my favourite exchanges were between them, but of course, Aled and Frances took the spotlight! These books inspire me so much to work on my own writing and I can't even begin to describe how Alice somehow manages to capture so many of the things I felt at sixth form and when I first started university accurately. I feel so understood, and reassured, and that is the best feeling ever.

  • Emma
    2019-02-28 12:31

    full review now posted on my blog!it'll be up on here soonish, I just haven't had a chance to do the formatting yet!---------------------my christmas present to myself was staying up until 3am to binge the rest of this book and I have no fuckin ragrets. ---------------------I would just like to say that as a bi girl with a septum ring I approve of the representation of bi girls with septum rings on book covers seriously though, everyone I know is in love with this book so I am VERY excited

  • Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
    2019-02-21 15:25

    BEST. BOOK. EVER. Seriously, this book had everything. The characters were so real, the situation so relatable and overall, I don't think a more perfect book exists. So many races and sexualities are represented in 'Radio Silence', so many personality types and career was amazing. I mean, AMAZING. Yet again, Alice Oseman understands young adults and the pressures they're under to do well at school, or have a panic attack trying. Reading her books make me realise that there are so many other people out there who feel the same way I do. It. Was. Perfect.(also, the little cameos with characters from 'Solitaire' completed my life.)

  • Natasha
    2019-03-16 12:29

    Review also on my blogTwitterBookstagramRadio Silence is a story with many layers to it. You're initially lead to believe it's a story about a girl who gets to work on her favourite podcast, which is (secretly) ran by the boy who lives across from her. But the story goes much deeper than that. A big part of the story is child abuse. Aled deals with it a lot, in a more emotional sense. He's put himself under a lot of pressure to get into university and also wants to keep his podcast a secret. The only person who knew was his best friend/sort of boyfriend, Daniel. So Frances figuring out it's him was hard on him but also lead to them developing a close friendship. Friendships between male and female characters in YA are rare and this book makes a point that they're friends. It does subtly flip tropes on its head, as in most YA the book would've ended with them as a couple. Instead, Aled has a relationship with Daniel, and is demisexual, while Frances had a crush on his twin sister, Carys. Carys herself is missing and this is connected to the abuse she faced from her mother. This book also had a unique aspect to it, that being telling the reader it's okay if they don't get into, or even want to go to, university. It doesn't hammer in that uni's worthless, more so that if you don't want to go, then you don't have to. Especially since it lead to multiple character's stress. That's a unique message you don't see but is a very important one. Frances also has a close relationship with her mother. Parents are another thing ignored in YA but her mother was very present throughout the book. Although her father isn't part of the book at all.Overall, Radio Silence is a book that hooks you right in, with intriguing characters and a compelling storyline.

  • Puck
    2019-02-27 11:39

    Damn, this book hit a little too close to home! Radio Silence looks like an innocent contemporary on the outside, but on the insight you’ll find a much heavier story. While filled with pop-culture and podcast fun, this novel also deals with severe anxiety and toxic parenting; and this mix of topics works out surprisingly well.Frances is known at her high school as the nerdy British-Ethiopian teen whose solemn goal in life is to get into Cambridge University. At home however, instead of studying Frances prefers to draw and listen to her favorite podcast show called “Radio Silence”. In a fun turn of events, Frances discovers the secret identity of the creator of the podcast: quiet Aled Last, the brother of Frances’ old friend-and-crush Carys. Frances and Aled click right-away, but the more time she spends on Radio Silence, the more truths start spilling out: about the podcast, Aled & Carys’ home life, and Frances’ wishes for her future. What I loved is how this book has many diverse elements that make this story all the more entertaining: • Lots of pop- and teen-references: Studio Ghibli, Welcome to Night Vale, High School Musical, Digimon (← This show was my jam!), and many, many more that will make you grin in recognition. • An honest look at Fandom, the good and the bad sides.• An open discussion of gender and sexuality: Frances is bisexual, Aled is gay and asexual, and the MC of Radio Silence is agender.• And instead of romance, the focus in this book is on the friendship between the main characters.“I think everyone’s a bit bored with boy-girl romances anyway,” Aled said. “I think the world’s had enough of those, to be honest.” But apart from these amazing story-elements, the topics that get addressed later on the story are a lot more serious. Oseman gets real when she discusses the overwhelming stress and anxiety of studying, and the effects of toxic parenting on your own psyche. Especially the first topic I’m very familiar with (I wish I wasn’t so), which is why this book hit me so hard. Procrastinating out of stress, sacrificing food and sleep so you can study more, feeling like your grades are the only thing that define you and make you important: I’ve dealt with it all. Don't follow my example, guys: ask for help! “Being clever was, after all, my primary source of self-esteem. I’m a very sad person, in all senses of the word, but at least I was going to get into university.” So yeah, while I don’t think this book is for everyone (because YA isn’t everyone’s cup of tea), this novel has lot more to it than meets the eye. The plot was a little thin and the ending was wrapped up too quickly, but the way the author combines lighthearted teen-references with heavy mental-health problems is well done. Those 4 stars are well earned. :)Ps. Are there any Goodreaders here that listen to podcasts too? I’m a big fan of shows like The Adventure Zone, The Black Tapes, Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, and BBC Radio 4 Bookclub,so if you want to talk about those or recommend me a show, let me know!

  • Emily Mead
    2019-03-18 12:30

    Reread March 22nd 2017 because hello this book is amazing.________________________Well holy shit. Okay so if you didn't know, I'm writing this book and it's called HOW TO HUG A GRIZZLY and it's about senior year and exams and two girls falling in love and an animal sanctuary. All that jazz. THIS BOOK. It sums up everything I wanted to get across - the anxiety of exams. The IMPORTANCE of friendship. The stupid, 3am Facebook messages. The importance of the Internet. Just...everything. I credit a lot of this to the fact that Alice Oseman is only 21 herself and IT COMES ACROSS. Like you can TELL because it's not fake. It's real. And that's what I love about this - it makes your heart ache because it's so intense but that's what being a teenager is, I guess. It IS intense and it's all of these feelings on such a wide spectrum. I accidentally caught an all-stops train home tonight and I had a long time to read, so I read most of it in one sitting. Absolutely incredible.

  • Sarah
    2019-02-21 15:27

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)"Hello. I hope somebody is listening..."This was a contemporary story about a boy and girl who did a podcast.I liked Frances, and I liked how much she cared for Aled, and how she never gave up on him, even when he gave up on himself. I also liked the other characters in this book, especially Raine, who always said exactly what she was thinking.The storyline in this was about Frances being asked to do some artwork for her favourite podcast ‘Universe City’, and discovering that the creator was none other than the boy who lived across the road from her. They got together and did the podcast together, and a friendship developed, and it was nice that Frances finally had a real friend. “Being friends with Aled made me feel like I’d never had a real friend before, ever.”The story was mainly about the friendship, and then we got the story behind Aled’s podcast, and the mystery over who a certain character was based on, as well as the mystery over Aled’s twin sister’s disappearance, and why Frances felt responsible for it! The pace as maybe a little slow in places, but the story was enjoyable, and there wasn’t really any romance either, although it was discussed that Frances was bisexual, Aled was partly asexual, and Aled’s sister and his best friend were gay.The ending to this was pretty good, and I thought that things were wrapped up pretty well.7 out of 10

  • ajcila
    2019-02-25 17:32

    one of the best ya novels i have ever readtbh i didnt think that i'd love this book so much i thought it could be fun and quick read and that was what i needed at that moment but i have received so much more i f.cking love this book!!!!!!!111!it's well-written, has a fantastic plot and specific atmosphere and that are the things that make this booki want so f.kcing bad to listen to the universe city omg can i? i don't know how people call such books... diverse (or diversity?) books? it is one of THAT book and i kinda like it (tbh i will love every diverse book XDDsdj) very clever with good humour super cute characters and the real ones too i love that in booksi was tired of superheroes who need to change the world it's so boring and radio silence is not such a book okay we have here some 'hero' but different kind of hero we have problems but they arent stupid or naive or idk irritating it was okay to read about the mess in characters' lives bc we all experience such thingsand i need to add that it is a awesome story about (not) going at the university, discovering who you exactly are and how big influence internet and social media have on us and our lives people should know about how dangerous internet can be (they don't) and how it can change life (in negative way) big issuesa lot of issusesalmost perfect fo everybodyi think my 'review' is very rambling and idc tbh about that but i found all my posts about books on goodreads are such like this well idcidc bc i have no heart after reading this bookiei want to dieso badlyand want to listen to the universe cityGIVE ME THAT PODCAST RN or i...i whati nothing i thinkbutGIVE ME THIS PLZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  • RavenclawReadingRoom
    2019-02-22 10:16

    Trigger warnings: abusive parent, mental health, death of a pet. I don't know why I put off reading this book for so long, because I LOVED Alice Oseman's first book, Solitaire. And yet. I read the vast majority of this book in a day. It was funny and relatable and heartbreaking all at the same time. It features a protagonist who's bisexual and mixed race. It features a demisexual character. It features a character who's Asian and gay. It features a podcast about a genderfluid character dealing with Welcome to Nightvale-esque weirdness. The writing was great. The characters were wonderful. It's hard hitting, but also full of feels and fun and amazing friendships. At the end of the day, it's a book about being true to yourself, not doing what everybody expects of you. And it was pretty effing great.

  • Laura (bbliophile)
    2019-03-12 14:22

    I loved this so much??? I really didn't expect to love this so much???

  • ˗ˏˋ eg ˎˊ˗
    2019-03-06 13:20

    oh my GOD this book is everything to me.. listen.. I’ve just spent the last hour sobbing because of Aled and Frances and Carys and Daniel and Raine…. I am dehydrated and heart sore but also I feel so warm and loved and UNDERSTOOD.. anyway, excuse me while I go message ALL of my friends and ask them how they’re doing and remind them that I love them

  • Swaye
    2019-02-26 17:20

    Beautiful, triumphant, perfectly real. This book made me feel literally every emotion there is to feel. And it hurt. But, like they say, if it hurts you'll always remember it. And it's so true. This book and these characters will stay with me always. Thank you for reading this with me, Megan. I'm so grateful that this was the book we chose for our first buddy read. We couldn't have chosen a better one!

  • Lauren James
    2019-03-16 15:15

    The US edition of RADIO SILENCE comes out tomorrow with the most beautiful cover I’ve ever seen. Here are 5 reasons you should go and buy it!!1. There could not be more diversity and minority representation in this book if it tried. Like, you may think I’m exaggerating but NOPE. There’s a biracial bisexual protagonist, an ace boy in an interracial gay relationship, aND THOSE ARE ONLY TWO OF THE CHARACTERS. 2. a look at the negative side of university and academia in a way that is so real that it made me sweaty stressed just reading it3. The main characters make a podcast! And fanart! And post on tumblr and youtube! Basically they’re the millenial icons you never knew you needed. also: WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE REFERENCES!! ! !!!!!4. The author is very cool and cute and you can see her read the first chapter here5. there’s also so much fanart of these characters. like. if you finish this book and need mORE, tumblr has got your can buy it here if that’s persuaded you! if you’ve already read it, reblog with 5 more reasons it’s amazing. GO. Full review:This is so refreshingly different. It's glorious and emotional and heartbreaking. Frances' experiences ring true so much that it's hard to believe she's fictional. Her Cambridge Interview gave me war flashbacks to my own. Frances has the most wonderful character development - from a academic, quiet girl, we have the joy of watching her blossom into an artistic, emotional, caring creator. She really finds herself and her future. It's hard to pinpoint the main storyline in this book, because it's a complex web of themes and ideas and characters, all with complex inner lives. Carol and Carys and Aled Last could have a book all of their own - the whole family dynamic is horrifying in a slow mo car crash way - but mixed in with Frances' character development, Aled's emotional collapse, Daniel and Aled's's a work of art. I've had the joy of reading this from first draft to final book, and I couldn't be more proud of how far Alice has come. (And there's a reference to my third book in here, but I'm not telling you where it is)

  • Megan
    2019-03-04 10:39

    Buddy Read with the lovely Swaye :)4.5 stars.Oh, man. 😭This was incredibly beautiful. And heartbreaking. Beautifully heartbreaking?? How about we just go with that. I adored everything about this novel, and Frances' and Aled's relationship absolutely killed me. I loved that it was platonic, and honestly, we don't get enough of that in YA these days. I loved Frances' mum, I loved Raine, and I loved seeing Frances grow and develop. Seriously, I just can't gush about this book enough. I really wish that someone had given me this novel a few years ago, back when I was going through my final year of high school and dealing with all the same pressure that Frances was going through. I related to her in so many ways, and her trials and tribulations soon became echoes of my trials and tribulations too. I loved the positive message that it's okay to not go to university, as well. Don't get me wrong, I love my course and knew that I DID want to go to uni, but I really wish that someone had sat me down in high school and showed me all the alternate pathways in life besides university. Because, contrary to what most of society think and every single one of my teachers preached, it isn't the be-all and end-all, and there's so much unnecessary pressure to continue to university even if you don't want to. I loved that Oseman dealt with this, and I loved how she dealt with this.This is definitely going to be a book that I keep coming back to in the future. I will be forever screaming about how much I love the pain that Alice Oseman puts her readers through and how much I'm looking forward to even more heartbreak to come.A major shout-out to an absolute darling in Swaye, who made my first Buddy Read so enjoyable, and who was always ready to flail about the growing level of heartbreak with me. 😊 I can't wait to do it again sometime soon. 😍