Published on March 28th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT
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.
I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I initially didn’t pick it up on Edelweiss and was going to skip it altogether. But then my amazing friend Cait read it and LOVED it. Which says something to me because she’s totally a Fantasy-girl. And this is not fantasy. So I decided to snatch a copy and read it. And I’m SO deliriously happy I did. Because this book was amazing and I just want to flail about it and shove it in your faces telling you to read it.
I don’t even know where to start here. Maybe I should make a list. Lists are good. Lists solve all my problems.
♦ I love the writing. This is another one of those contemporary books where the writing just feels very natural and reads very easily. I liked the dialogue and the narrative and the short chapters. Not gonna lie, part of why I love the short chapters is because I can say “just ten more chapters” instead of the normal “just one more chapter”. But yes. I really liked it.
♦ I liked the story too and how it wasn’t just a simple high school story. There was more to it. It was also about friendship and being yourself and also family and how awesome it is to be a complete and utter dork. It’s the coolest thing really. I say that being a huge dork myself.
♦ Though it is a bit long, not gonna lie. It felt a bit slow around the middle and I think it could’ve been made a tiiiiny bit shorter. But that didn’t make the story any less engaging or the characters any less fantastic.
♦ Speaking off characters, let’s shout about them for a bit! First off I want to talk about the moms in this book. Because Aled’s mom and Frances’s mom are opposites. One deserves the award for most horrible mom in history and the other gets the one for best mom of ever. Seriously, Aled’s mom is a horrible person and I hated her. But Frances’s mom was glorious and gets all the brownie points for being a fantastic mom. Also quick shout-out to Raine and Daniel who I also loved.
♦ Our main character Frances is one of the most relatable characters I’ve read so far. I just get her in so many ways and I love it. She’s two different people depending on who she’s with. Like at school she’s very serious and studious and stuff but at home she’s this awesome nerdy person with Monsters Inc leggings that fangirls over a youtube podcast and doesn’t have any real friends. I love you Frances. I want to be friends with you.
♦ Aled is so very very precious and I adore him. He’s quiet and sweet and smart but also superdorky like Frances and he has this awesome podcast. But his mom is horrible and I feel so bad for him and in the end I just want to cuddle him and keep him safe.
♦ There is no romance between Frances and Aled. NO. ROMANCE. This is amazing. I LOVE that this book shows that a boy and a girl can be epic friends without falling in love with each other. I need more of that in YA! I love awesome friendships. And I love how this book shows how important it is to have friends you can be yourself with. Because it is.
♦ Also, and this will surprise nobody, but I’m praising the diversity so hard here guys. Frances is bisexual and she’s half British, half Ethiopian. YAS. And next to that Aled is demisexual, which I know about but hadn’t read about yet. SO YAS. THANK YOU. And he also likes boys. There’s more diversity than that in this book and I’m over the moon because of it. Diversity rules. Just saying.
♦ I also greatly appreciated how big the internet was in this book. And how this book shows how big of a part in our lives it is these days. It shows the positive sides of it, but also the negative. We have the facebook messages and tweets and tumblr stuff. But we also see how vicious and mean people can be on the internet. (Fandoms can be scary dude. Seriously.) I love how this book showed this perfectly.
♦ My inner dork also appreciates all the dorky references. So very much. Glee, Marvel movies, Disney/Pixar movies,… My inner dork and fangirl thanks you, you magnificent book.
So in the end I think it’s pretty obvious that I adore this book. And that you should read it. Like… now. Or yesterday. Whether you love YA Contemporary or not, Radio Silence is a must read for 2017 for sure.