TITLE: Radio Silence | AUTHOR: Alice Oseman | NUMBER OF PAGES: 403 | GENRE: Young Adult | PUBLISHED: February 25th 2016| PUBLISHER: Harper Collins Children’s Books| PRICE: 8,49 € | ISBN: 9780007559244|
What if everything you set yourself up to be was wrong?
Frances is been a study machine with one goal. Nothing will stand in her way; not friends, not a guilty secret – not even the person she is on the inside. Then Frances meets Aled, and for the first time she’s unafraid to be herself.
So when the fragile trust between them is broken, Frances is caught between who she was and who she longs to be. Now Frances knows that she has to confront her past. To confess why Carys disappeared…
Frances is going to need every bit of courage she has.
Engaging with themes of identity, diversity and the freedom to choose, Radio Silence is a tor de force by the most exciting writer of her generation.
Profound, sensitive and touching
Alice Oseman is officially my most favourite author of all time. Her writing style is on point, filled with sarcasm and deep thoughts. It’s easy to get into the story. I’ve been instantly into Frances head and catched myself reading the first hundred pages in one go. Getting into Alice Osemans Storys is like coming home. It’s not because of the topics she is handling but because of the feelings she puts across.
“It must be useful to be smart,“ she said and then laughed weakly. She glanced down and suddenly looked very sad. „I’m like, constantly scared I’m going to be a homeless or something. I wish our whole lives didn’t have to depend on our grades.”
Being at the edge of getting out of school and having to decide what to do with your life is one of the main topics Alice Oseman is so brilliant writting about. The difficulty and expectations of parents and other family members about knowing for sure what to do with life is the biggest challenge young people have to face. What is the next step? And what if I fail? And when I fail… is it really that bad?
“And I’m platonically in love with you.”
“That was literally the boy-girl version of ‘no homo’, but I appreciate the sentiment.”
Friendship, the meaning of love, the very important things of life and figuring out what to do is being played out so well. I love how things develop between Frances and Aled. The careful, almost tender and then again surprisingly natural way they treat each other touched me very much and showed very clearly how true friendship works and that it can have very different beginnings.
“I wonder- if nobody is listening to my voice, am I making any sound at all?”
The feeling of absolute loneliness is reflected by the way Aled is struggling life. Reading about him is almost painfully well written out. There have been so many times I wanted to hug him and tell him: Everything will be alright. The thought of being alone with one’s own views and feelings and not finding anyone who understands them is a great fear of many people. This is one reason why many people do not confide in themselves and seek the internet as a friend to find like-minded people and to discover a platform for talking and exchanging their own seemingly hopeless thoughts.
Alice Oseman is writing about young peoples concerns authentically and up-to-date. Using the internet to find people with similar thoughts, feeling lost and useless are one of the important topics in her novel.