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Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

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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 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.

✱ Pages: 400 (paperback)
✱ Publication date: 25 February 2016
✱ Provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

I got a copy from the publisher after seeing this one displayed in my local Waterstones - apparently the author goes to my university! Good job, Waterstones Durham, for showing support to local talent!

Basically, Everything is Awesome

I can't really find anything I had a problem with. I loved just about every detail of Radio Silence. Alice Oseman's voice is unique and chatty. The friendships in the story, the relationship between Frances and her mother, the talk about sexuality/sexual orientation, identity, fandoms... It's just all so well done!

Frances and Aled

Amazing, real, and relatable. Both of them. I feel like I was so much like Frances, growing up, but I also feel like I was Aled, too. I might still be a bit like Aled? In any case - these two characters are so wonderful, and you can't help but fall in love with them a little.

Apparently I Can't Actually Review This Book

I'm too emotionally attached! I tried, you guys. I'll give it one more go:

There is something so genuine and effortless about Radio Silence, that I could not stop reading it. Alice Oseman has a knack for writing about being a teenager - dealing with all the issues related to growing up, living with the constant pressure from our peers and parents, and maybe most importantly - from ourselves.

In all honesty - I don't want to give too much away. I'd like for you to go and meet Aled and Francis for yourself and see if you feel the same way I did about them and this story.

A wonderful novel about identity, friendship, and growing up, Radio Silence is a great example of Young Adult fiction done right. It's realistic, emotional and uplifting, and it stays with you even after you've finished reading it.
Do you read a lot of contemporary YA? Have you read this one yet?
If you haven't, I'm once again going to go with 'please go and read this book, and then come back and fangirl with me because just please, okay?'

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