Books | Young Adult Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
The second novel by the phenomenally talented Alice Oseman, the author of the million-copy bestselling Heartstopper books—now a major Netflix series.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 favorite 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’s 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 university, 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 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.
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"4.3 - I really enjoyed this!! Reading a YA with romance being only in the background was really cool. It was an all around good book. <br/><br/>I can’t tell you how many times I recommended Alice Oseman to people just because of the characters. Her representation of teenagers and young adults are amazingly done. They were diverse, which was even better. However, it did feel like some characters were too much of a mystery though. <br/><br/>The prose was nothing really special but I enjoyed it. It reminded me of writeblrs (writers on tumblr). I honestly enjoyed the tumblr posts when they were included. It was a cute element. I didn’t know how Alice Oseman’s prose was like, just her storytelling skills and her art skills thanks to her webcomic “Heartstopper” (which is so enjoyable FYI). <br/><br/>I liked the main character’s passion for the podcast but couldn’t really believe that she did art for it. It wasn’t included in the story enough. <br/><br/>It was realistic in relationships and the problems they went through. That was a bit of a struggle to get through but it ended up fine in the end which made it worth it. <br/><br/><br/>A good diverse contemporary YA novel about a lover of podcasts."
"I am 25, but I wish I could have read this book in high school. From the references of Nero and Skrillex, to art, burnout, and questions of sexuallity- Radio Silence felt like it was written for 17 year old me. I've never seen so much of myself in characters before. I absolutely adored this book. "
"Tied for my favorite Osemanverse novel, Radio Silence is about honors kids realizing the honors class system is kinda bad and that college is: A. Not the only option. B. Not that important. Frances and Aled's friendship is well-developed, and I love them dearly. The plot had me gasping from how well made it was, but the characters are where it shines."