TITLE: Radio Silence
AUTHOR: Oseman, Alice
RELEASED: May 3, 2018
PUBLISHER: Harper Collins
GENRE: YA Contemporary
GOODREADS RATING: 4.22
TRIGGERS: Animal death, toxic relationship, mental abuse, bullying, cyberbullying, parental abuse, depression, suicidal thoughts
REPS: LGBTQIA+, demisexual, bisexual, bi-racial, ace spec rep?
Frances Janvier spends most of her time studying.
Everyone knows Aled Last as that quiet boy who gets straight As.
You probably think that they are going to fall in love or something. Since he is a boy and she is a girl.
They don’t. They make a podcast.
In a world determined to shut them up, knock them down, and set them on a cookie cutter life path, Frances and Aled struggle to find their voices over the course of one life-changing year. Will they have the courage to show everyone who they really are? Or will they be met with radio silence?
I read and loved I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman, so.. it made sense to discover more of her writing and hope she is on her way to becoming one of my favorite authors. Let’s see whether or not Radio Silence brought her closer to that holy list of mine!
In true Oseman-style, there are a lot of amazing queer characters. I couldn’t even tell you my favorite if I wanted to. She simply has a way of making them all relatable in one way or another and.. well.. you get my point, right? Fact is she has and shows respect for so many aspects of the queer community and that can only be applauded over and over again.
Aled, one of the main characters in this novel, stole my heart from the get-go. He’s a wonderfully unique character with lots of layers. He identifies as demisexual, which is something I have barely seen in queer books before. Apart from that he also has issues he can’t talk about. That made him all the more intriguing and endearing. I felt him and wanted to get to know him better because of all these things. Definitely my favorite character in this book!
Can we also take a moment to appreciate the platonic friendship between our main characters because.. I feel that is such a rare thing in books? It’s like every book has the main characters falling in love, being in love, almost falling in love or at least something to do with love and that isn’t the case here. There’s friendship and it remains that way, which is.. awesome!
The story itself was gripping, in the least. The switching between podcast fragments and the actual story, the events happening.. It all took me and didn’t let me go until the end of the book. I was so into it I didn’t want to stop reading at all. Immersed might be the best way for me to describe how I was lost to the story of Aled and Frances. The one thought repeating in my mind all the time was “please, please, please, let them all be okay in the end” and.. being that invested is always a good thing.
“And I’m platonically in love with you.”
“That was literally the boy-girl version of ‘no homo’, but I appreciate the sentiment.”
I’m putting this beneath the “bad” part of my review, but it isn’t a bad thing. I simply wish there was an epilogue set longer after all the events of Radio Silence. I found myself caring about these characters so much. I wish I knew how they are a longer time after everything took place. But that’s.. me.
To answer the question in my intro, yes, Alice proved she’s a valid candidate for the next spot on my “favorite authors’-list, which would mean I get to always buy her books if one releases. Pretty cool list for an author to be on, right?
Have you read any books by Alice Oseman?
If you have, what’s your favorite so far?
Any other authors you’d compare to Alice Oseman?