Book Review | Radio Silence by Alice Oseman


Book review of Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. An enlightening, character driven read. 5 out of 5 stars.

Title – Radio Silence

Author – Alice Oseman

Publisher – Harper Collins Children’s Books

Publication date – 25th February 2016

Series status – Standalone.


“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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My Thoughts.

*I gained this book through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.*

I need to SERIOUSLY fangirl with someone over this book. I have so many feelings and thoughts, and it might end up being my favourite book I’ve read this year!

The writing is faultless. The voice of the protagonist is authentic and so easy to connect to. This book is enlightening, funny and heartbreaking all at the same time.

All the characters feel SO real and I felt like I was reading about my best friends. I love the diversity of the characters and also some of the topics you don’t tend to read about in YA. The author captures how much pressure young people are under to do well in their education.

Frances reminds me so much of me when I was a teenager. Frances believes the secret of life is to achieve good grades so she can get a good job. However, by the end of the book, she realises there are more important things than good grades.

Aled and Frances friendship is beautiful. I love that Frances refuses to give up on her best friend, no matter how he treats her. My heart broke a few times because of them throughout the book!

Even though it isn’t the main focus if the book – the whole mystery surrounding Carys is fascinating. The characters are the main focus and I love that as it allows me to forge deeper connections.

Honestly, just read it. I love it so much and it‘s right up there with my favourite books.

I give this book ALL THE STARS IN THE WORLD! No explanation needed!

About the Author.

“Alice Oseman was born in 1994 in Kent, England. She completed a degree in English at Durham University in 2016 and is currently a full time writer and illustrator. Alice can usually be found staring aimlessly at computer screens, questioning the meaninglessness of existence, or doing anything and everything to avoid getting an office job.

Alice first book, SOLITAIRE, was published when she was nineteen. Her second, RADIO SILENCE, was released in early 2016, and her third, I WAS BORN FOR THIS, in 2018.”

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Have you read Radio Silence? If so, what did you think?


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