Title: Radio Silence
Author: Alice Osman
Category: Young Adult
What if everything you set yourself up to be was wrong?
Frances is been a study machine with one goal. Nothing will stand in her way; not friends, not a guilty secret – not even the person she is on the inside. Then Frances meets Aled, and for the first time she’s unafraid to be herself.
So when the fragile trust between them is broken, Frances is caught between who she was and who she longs to be. Now Frances knows that she has to confront her past. To confess why Carys disappeared…
Frances is going to need every bit of courage she has.
Engaging with themes of identity, diversity and the freedom to choose, Radio Silence is a tor de force by the most exciting writer of her generation.
I can not believe I waited this long to read this book. While I’ve seen a lot of people praise the book, I only got it after seeing Kat @ paperbackdreams rave about it. If you let her talk, she will somehow talk about Radio Silence. For a period that was all she spoke about on her Instagram. That convinced me to get the book.
I did take a while to start reading it after buying but once I started, I COULD NOT STOP.
Hello. I hope somebody’s listening..
Frances is a good student. She studies, doesn’t have distractions, and pushes forward. She’s also obsessed with Universe City, a podcast. No one knows who the person, Radio Silence, behind the podcast is.
Universe City was a show about a suit-wearing student detective looking for a way to escape a sci-fi, monster-infested university.
One day, Frances somehow makes friends with her neighbour Aled and suddenly, they’re inseparable. We see how they bond and how close they are.
But suddenly, a huge irrecoverable event occurs and everything is shattered. The book is about high school, friendship, college, and more friendship.
My thoughts on the book:
- BLOODY BRILLIANT, THAT’S WHAT IT IS.
- Hi here’s book for you that DOESN’T USE DIVERSITY AS A PLOT LINE. It’s just there!
- Very relatable tbh. High school friendships, insecurities, the feeling when you find someone who understands you, finding someone who is as obsessed with the same thing you’re obsessed with and just having finding a really good friend.
- I really liked the descriptions and concept of Universe City and what it meant for Frances.
..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.
- The book is based on friendship. Not romance. Plain, and special, platonic relationship between a girl and a boy. I loved that. While the romantic part of me went get together! fall in love!, the rest of me wanted them to stay friends. It’s very refreshing to read a such a book.
You probably think that Aled Last are I are going to fall in love or something. Since he is a boy and I am a girl.
I just wanted to say —
- I also loved the vibe of the book. I don’t know how to exactly describe it so I might botch this explanation. It’s a hazy, dark and surreal vibe throughout the book and I liked that because for me high school was like that. My four years of high school had that weird vibe and it was just perfectly shown in a book?!
- Honestly, what good writing. To bring in the vibe subtly without explicitly manipulating the story for that requires a lot of talent.
- I really related to Frances. I wasn’t head girl or someone who studied a lot but I related to her on a high school student level. She pretends to be someone in high school but the actual Frances is someone else completely.
She asked me, “Remind me why you wanted to be head girl?” And I said, “Because I’m great at it,” but I was thinking, universities love it.
- The book was so damn relatable, in general. We see teenage relationships, uncertainties about the future, worries that we’re not doing things right, being confused about what to do and the eventual disappointment when you realize the this isn’t what you want to be doing. We saw multiple characters who were all relatable, in their own ways.
- “.. I thought I was the smartest person in the world.” He shook his head. “But now … I’m just … when you get to this age, you realise that you’re not anyone special after all.”E
- It also deals with identities. The usual who am I, who do I want to be, why am I doing this etc. and also queer identities.
- Not only that, it also deals with internet identities. We deal with Radio Silence and their popularity, Frances and her popularity as an artist in the internet. There’s also focus on how internet can take you high up but also bring you crashing down very fast.
- One thing I was grateful for immediately when I read it was the demisexual representation. If you don’t know what demisexual means,
A demisexual is a person who does not experience sexual attraction unless they form an emotional connection. It’s more commonly seen in, but by no means confined, to romantic relationships. The term demisexual comes from the orientation being “halfway between” sexual and asexual.
- A demisexual is someone on the asexuality sprectrum. I’ve never seen demisexual rep in books before. In fact, on the internet many people are still debating and arguing that demisexual people are NOT queer and that they don’t belong in the lgbt+ community. That’s a whole different thing but what I’m saying is that I’m so happy that an author has included it in their book.
A very relatable book that deals with the many issues and parallel problems teens have. I loved reading it.
I started reading it during college and couldn’t stop. I read during class, during lunch with friends and on the ride home. I finished it in six hours, and then was in a book hangover.