Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Radio Silence by: Alice Oseman

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Published: February 25, 2016 by: Harper Collins
Pages: 403
Rating: 2/5 stars

Frances is a shy girl with only one goal: to go to an elite university. Then enters Aled, a tech genius behind Frances' favourite podcast. He shows Frances true friendship for the first time, and helps her to come out of her shell and reveal some hard kept secrets. But when Aled's podcast goes viral, Frances must finally address some secrets in her life that she thought she'd never share, while Aled has some secrets of his own.

I feel like I am the only person in this world who just didn't get this book. I understand what the author was going for, and I appreciated the diversity and Frances' growth as the book went on. However as a whole, I just think I was so disconnected from this book and in too much of a reading slump to be wowed over it.

This book was just... too techy for me??? I never watch podcasts and don't really get them, so I wasn't really interested in that theme throughout the book. I just didn't feel like this book clicked with my personality and interests, and thus, I was just bored.

I wasn't really into Aled and Frances' relationship either. I just didn't see much chemistry there and I found it hard to really connect with them. While I can relate to Frances in the sense that I am also very academically driven, she just didn't click for me.

Overall, this book wasn't for me. However every other review I have read about this book has been positive, so I think you really should experience this book for yourself.

Have you read Radio Silence? What did you think?

Emily @ Paperback Princess


  1. When your in a reading slump it's hard to find books that ''wow'' you when you don't connect with any of them :( I usually have to go back and reread my favorite series or book a few times before I feel like reading something else.
    Reading slumps, writing slumps, they're all horrible.

    I'm not sure whether Radio Silence sounds like something I would like, but I will definitely have to try it at some point.

    1. I definitely agree! This could have been a book that I would have loved if not in a slump, I think I should’ve reread something.

  2. *shrugs* *starts singing Foo Fighters* Done I'm done and I'm onto the next one! ;)

  3. I was looking forward to your review to see why this one didn't work for you ahaha. Fair enough, though. I think it would have been tough to feel invested in the book if none of the themes appealed to you. But I daresay you being in a slump could have been the reason you didn't enjoy this as much, too! Either way, thanks for sharing Em!

    1. Yeah, I definitely think that me being in a slump contributed to it! Still, I appreciate how much everyone else has been loving it.

  4. Oh no, I'm sad this didn't work you! Although I'm also kind of glad for your review, because I'm planning on reading it soon-ish, and it's nice to see arguments from both sides. Great review! :)

    Veronika @ The Regal Critiques

    1. Thank you Veronika! I agree, I love reading both positive and negative reviews of books before I read them.