Title: Radio Silence
Author: Alice Oseman
Publisher: Harper Collins (February 2016)
What if everything you set yourself up to be was wrong?
Frances is 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.
Radio Silence is one of those books that I have seen but wasn't really convinced of reading it basically because so few people were actually talking about it. I happened to find a copy at the Exclusive Books warehouse sale and picked it up with very little expectations.
Oh, boy. Was I glad I did. This is probably going to be one of the best books I have read this year.
Radio Silence is a YA contemporary that stands head and shoulders above a lot of the generic John Green wannabes. It puts the themes of friendship and self-discovery above romance with realistic characters.
The book is also diverse without pushing diversity if that makes sense. Like, diversity is just THERE.
I feel like the author also gets what teenagers go through. It's been a while since I have been a teen, but I hate these books with overdeveloped teenagers who quote Faust and are so enlightened. Frances is real because, most of the time, she is lost and hiding who she really is from the rest of the world.
Basically, this book is what all YA contemporaries should aspire to be. I read it in one sitting and actually got super emotional in some parts.
If you want something to get lost in for a few hours with characters you won't forget any time soon, get a copy of Radio Silence.