Thursday, 10 January 2019

Radio Silence, by Alice Oseman || Why this book is everything and a speech I wrote in high school

"Hello. I hope somebody is listening..."

Radio Silence has to be one of my favourite reads of my late teens/early adulthood... By far. If you've ever felt unsure about your life (or if you're currently feeling unsure) then read this! Even if you know exactly what you want to do, still read this! It's so good in so many different ways.

First, there was Frances

Frances is an overachieving high school student who has a weekly existential crisis about what she wants to do with her life (AKA me in my last year of high school) and I have never related so much to someone in a book. My whole entire last year of high school was me questioning what I wanted to do and I'm now taking a gap year which I would highly recommend to anyone who is unsure!

Radio Silence was very much about being true to yourself. Throughout the book, Frances talked about how she was one person at school and somebody else at home (the real her) and while it seemed like she had her shit together at school and she was 'just' a smart girl, there was really a whole lot more to her than that. I loved seeing the change in Frances from the beginning of the book to the end where she let herself become who she really wanted to be.

And Aled

"In distress. Stuck in Universe City. Send help."

Aled was an overachieving high school student who feels like he might have made the wrong choice with university. He and Frances become friends and it has been a very long time since I have seen a friendship in the YA genre that I loved as much as this. There were midnight chats and random drunken videos and working together on projects and turning up at each other's houses in the middle of the night in their PJs.. It was just so good and pure. But it was real.

It was diverse on so many levels

I don't want to spoil anything for anyone, but Radio Silence is diverse on so many levels without it seeming like it's trying to tick a bunch of diversities off a checklist. (Yet another reason that this book is realistic because our world IS diverse!)

But wait there's more

This isn't just a mish-mash of realistic characters... It was a story of growing up and learning who you really are and all the screwed up things that happen along the way. 

And the writing... The writing was beautiful! I could not stop reading. I sat there and read this book in one evening. It was well past midnight by the time I finished it, but I had to finish it! And now I'm sitting here at 2AM writing this review so I'm sorry if it's slightly incoherent.

“And I’m platonically in love with you.”
“That was literally the boy-girl version of ‘no homo’, but I appreciate the sentiment.”

Proof I am Frances

I struggled during year thirteen, my last year of high school. And before that, I flew through school... I loved it and I did well, really well! But thirteen years was just one year too many. So when I was asked to write a speech for an assembly I wrote this... And it was such a huge weight off my shoulders to talk about how I felt.

After that speech I was told that in the future I would have to have my speeches checked before I could present them, but oh well... I said my part and I hope that I helped at least one person in that audience.

Now seriously, just read Radio Silence!

Have you ever read a book where you felt like you could relate to everything? Which book?? Also has anyone read Solitaire by Alice Oseman? It's high on my TBR list now that I've realised how much I love 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.


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