Radio Silence – by Alice Oseman

Oh yes, yet another of the books belonging to the wonderful Osemanverse has been quickly devoured – and this time it was Radio Silence

Blurb: 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.

A YA coming of age read that tackles issues of identity, the pressure to succeed, diversity and freedom to choose, Radio Silence is a tour de force by the most exciting writer of her generation.

Rating: 5/5

My thoughts: This is a wonderful tale about friendships, understanding, and being true to yourself. Frances’ entire life is centred around her education – getting into the right university is the ONLY thing that matters and she is risking working herself into the ground to achieve it. Yes she has some friends, but she is never fully comfortable in their presence, they don’t quite fit, or maybe she doesn’t quite fit with them.

And then there is Aled (a supporting character in Heartstopper – the books, not the show). Frances has always known Aled, but it was his sister who she really had the friendship with. When a chance meeting brings Frances and Aled together they being the sort of friendship that they both need, a friendship with someone who truly understands them, a friendship in which they can finally be themselves. A friendship – not a romance!

When Frances discovers they also share a passion for her one, non-educational, hobby – a youtube series called Universe City – their friendship grows even stronger. But it could also risk ripping them apart for good. When Aled goes silent and no one can contact him Frances knows she has to risk everything to find him, to save him.

A great read, loved it

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