Review: Radio Silence – Alice Oseman


5 out of 5 stars.
(Possible spoilers)

Released February 2016, Radio Silence is the second young adult novel written by British author Alice Oseman. Though it is not a direct sequel to her debut novel, Solitaire, it is set in the same village following teenager Frances Janvier. Head girl and all-round study machine Frances’ main goal since she was a little girl was to make it into Cambridge university, however there is a side to Frances that she never lets anyone at her school see. For years, she has been a devoted fan of a Welcome To Night Vale-like podcast on YouTube known as Universe City – and out of the blue, she is asked to be a part of the production making art for each episodes. Around the same time she meets Aled Last, the twin brother of her old friend, Carys, and rediscovers the side of herself she’d been keeping secret for so long. Unfortunately, it also means that she has to deal with some pretty heavy consequences and finally open up about why Carys disappeared.

There is something so honest about Alice Oseman’s writing that I always fall in love with her characters. The thing about a good story is it doesn’t have to be poetic or have an immense amount of metaphors – it just needs a main character with a voice that can captivate you, and that is what I found in Radio Silence.

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Review: Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell


2.5 stars out of 5.

(Spoiler warning)

Fangirl is the 2013 young adult novel written by American author Rainbow Rowell. It follows the freshman year of college for twin sisters Cath and Wren, mainly focusing on Cath’s point of view. Cath is a socially awkward ‘fangirl’ and for many years she has been a devoted writer of Simon Snow fanfiction.

When I first got my hands on this book, I was nervous to pick it up immediately because of how much hype was surrounding it. Literally everywhere I looked that was book related had something fantastic to say about it. I thought that I would be able to relate because I was like Cath – a nerd, a writer of fanfiction, awkward and introverted… But I couldn’t fall in love with this story like I was hoping I would.

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