1 out of 5 stars
Any great friendship can be as confusing, treacherous, inspiring and wonderful as any great romance.
First published in January 2007, Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List is a young adult novel written as a collaboration between Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. It follows the friendship of titular characters Naomi and Ely, how it’s changed and reached a breaking point as they learn how to be apart.
I really wanted to like this book. I really, really did. I bought it purely because I watched the film adaptation on Netflix and loved it. In many cases, I have enjoyed the source material more than the film adaptation but this was the exception that proved the rule. This book was desperately bad.
5 out of 5 stars
Published in 2014, I’ll Give You The Sun is the second award-winning novel written by Jandy Nelson. The story is told in two intermingling parts by twin siblings, Jude and Noah, during two periods of their life. Once as thick as thieves, a series of events leads to the twins separating – though each of them only know half of the story. Only by reconnecting can they finally learn the entirety of their story and move forward from the tragic event that completely split them apart.
It’s not often that I find a book that I fall in love with immediately and this was definitely one of those rare moments.
5 out of 5 stars.
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.