Book Review – Radio Silence by Alice Oseman…

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.
I was given an ARC by Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Frances is clever. Really clever. She feels like a bit of a loner despite having some good friends. She is very driven to do well. Being given the opportunity to work on her favourite podcast means the world to her, and she begins to build a friendship with Aled. He’s a shy kid, but before long they are best friends & do everything together.
The author has been able to weave an insightful look into teenage life. She shows us that life isn’t all success and happiness and that heartache is real. Despite this, she also shows us that the power of love and friendship can overcome anything if you care enough to put your mind to it.
Important issues of race and sexuality are raised in a way that makes it so much easier to deal with what is whirling around inside the head of a younger reader.
This book might also explain to a few parents just how their teenagers rely on the Internet. 😉
A four out five star read.
I’m profoundly grateful to Netgalley and Harper Collins for my ARC.

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