Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
A novel that touches on some important issues but just dragged.
Goodreads: 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.
Alice Oseman knows how to write realistic stories with important messages about life hidden within them.
Radio Silence is her latest novel and it is a brilliant coming of age story that tackles the problems of not wanting what your parents want for you, as well as being true to yourself and what you really want.
What I liked most about this story was the realistic element of the internet. Aled doesn’t want to be found out to be making YouTube videos, especially by his mum who he believes will stop him making them. In the same way Frances doesn’t want people to find out about her Tumblr and obsession over Universe City. Oseman paints the picture of the main characters internet life as it really is. They are different people online compared to who they really are in real life. This is something I feel most young adults will be able to relate to when reading this novel and is what put it at such a high standing for me.
Another thing I loved about this novel was the view on the education system. As somebody who has always felt from a young age that to be successful you have to go to university it was a nice change to see characters who had not had the best education but were still making something of their life. Having a young adult book tell you that it is ok to not be clever, it is ok to not want to go to university and it is ok to be creative it what the genre needs.
However, the reason I gave it three stars was because I felt it dragged a lot. Although a lot happens in a short space of time there were a lot of fillers that didn’t really add much to the story, and all of the major incidents were over and done with within minutes.
Although this adds to the questions and worry about Aled and what is going on with him, it made me lose interest in the story towards the end.
Overall, it is a good novel that touches on issues most Young Adult books stray from and it is definitely worth a read.
Have you picked up Radio Silence yet? What are your thoughts on it?