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Radio Silence by Alice Oseman Book Review

*screams like crazy in fangirl*

WHAT EVEN WAS THAT!? Seriously? What did I just read! That was one of THE BEST CONTEMPORARY READS I HAVE EVER READ THIS WHOLE YEAR!!! THE CHARACTERS WERE AMAZING AND RELATABLE, THE STORYLINE WAS ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE AND THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THE CHARACTERS WERE SPOT ON! AHHH!!! I GIVE THIS ALL THE STARS I’M SCREAMING INTERNALLY!!!

This book was recommended to me by a friend when I went interstate one day for a book award ceremony and she told all the people there to read Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. I was there thinking “Okay I’ll read it but I’m not going to expect it to end up being one of my favourites” See, I used to get book recommendations from friends and I was usually really let down so I just mainly stuck to the books I picked out from the library or off my shelf. But when another friend who picked this book up and read it said it was amazing I knew that “Okay I’m pretty sure I’d love this” and so I picked this up a few days ago when it was extremely hot and my clothes stuck to me like ants in honey and let’s just say I myself found myself in a sticky situation… I was glued… I was hooked… and I was determined to keep reading this book like a moth to a light bulb. Because oh my goodness… I did not expect this level of amazingness to occur to make me a blubbering mess on Goodreads, Tumblr and the Inside A Dog website.

So what was Radio Silence about in the first place to have made me fall head over heels in love?

Glad you asked because it’s about a girl named Frances Janvier who has set herself up to be a study machine with one goal: To get into Cambridge. In the meantime, Frances secretly creates fan art for a Youtube podcast show called Universe City but suddenly her life spirals out of control and makes her confront the past she’s tried covering up. It’s a book about identity and finding yourself and I can’t really say anything else apart from that because of spoiler reasons.

I’d start off by saying I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THE CHARACTERS they were all so diverse and it was really great to see. The main character was bisexual which I loved seeing as we usually get either straight main characters or lesbian/gay ones but we don’t really see many bi ones in young adult so it was really great to see and even better to read about. I loved how we also got different cultures getting represented the main character was British-Ethiopian and another character was Korean. They even wrote his Korean name in the text formats of the book which I found was really cool.

There was also a lot of relatable characters mainly in Frances who didn’t have many friends but found herself having conversations with the character Aled that I was screaming internally at because I was literally turning each page being like “That is so me” which you don’t see in many YA books because they usually are “the chosen one” cliche or “I can swing a sword like I’m an assassin and oh yeah this is my first time using one” I know the aforementioned is mainly in fantasy but in contemporary it is usually that the main character is just unrelatable. It’s one of the reasons why I shut myself off from this genre but I was glad I gave this book a go.

The whole idea of Universe City was also amazing and unique I seriously started considering if I should make a podcast youtube series like the creator Radio Silence did. It was so cool to see that there was a community surrounding this podcast show and the author also mentioned the fans and how everyone wanted to expose the artist and the creator to the world and the amount of stress this had on their wellbeing. Being a creator of a successful fandom is fun at times, people loving your work and being able to relate to them but sometimes the fans do go crazy and start pushing the boundaries in the worst possible ways and I loved how Oseman did not sugar-coat that fact.

This review is getting really long now but I just want to also mention the music taste. The references in this book were just quite something I was screaming, as a The 1975 fan as she mentioned them as well as other groups such as NERO. I swear not that many people have heard of them but I was fangirling like anything at those references. I’m a big music nerd if you can’t tell 😛

Anyway all in all, I LOVED IT SO MUCH!!! I shall never doubt my friends’ book recommending abilities because this book ruined me in so many ways and let’s just say I have a book obsession when it comes to falling in love then getting my heart crushed by a fist made of the authors words. I’m rating this a 5 star book because I think everyone should read it and be thankful later.

2 comments

damnedmonkey

Who let that person into my chest with that hammer while i was reading this book??? Totally agree, amazing book. Really exciting and engaging review as always!

11th Dec, 18
sylvs

Most of it is just me fangirling massively but yes I agree major MAJOR HEART WRECKING has been done to my poor soul XD

11th Dec, 18