Genre: romance, LGTBQIIA+, Young adult
Warning: Underage drinking, clubs, alcohol
Age: Teen and up
Summary: Frances Janvier studies. And when she doesn’t, she draws fanart for her favorite podcast, Universe City. Aled Last is quiet. That’s how everyone knows him. What they don’t know, is that he is the creator of Universe City, who goes by the name of Radio Silence. So, when Frances receives a message from Radio Silence asking her to collaborate with him, everything changes. They spend a summer together, but when Aled’s identity is revealed, everything is at risk, nd slowly, it feels as if, everything was just made to fall apart.
(P.S. they don’t fall in love)
Themes: Lgbtqiia+, podcasts, love, university, coming of age, passion, self discovery
About: This book has a lyrical writing it captures the essence of what it tries to convey, then sets it free in your mind. This is a beautiful book about realising that your life affects you, not the people who tell you what your life should look like. Featuring people of various sexualities, races, and backgrounds, it is a beautiful tale about friendship, because they don’t fall in love. (You also wanna be friends with the friends in this book.)
Rating: ugh i wanna give a five so bad,,, 4.5/5
Reviewer’s Opinion: spoilerless (this is more like what was going on in my head while reading this,,, so excuse me) seriously tho, the friendship is wow. so great to read something thats set in not america. mm, nice we’re getting aaaaaaangstyyyyyyyyyyy. mmm, chaos. the description of anxiety was so on point, i actually fucking gasped. ooohkaay possibly [redacted]???? Mmmm page 329 she just described tumblr bye. she is an idiot dammit. whats up with his [redacted]????? Mm yeahhhh were discovering ourselves. fuuuck his [redacted]. yeah okay were helping people now are we. wow i love her [redacted] both of these gits are so damn oblivious. wow she really played with words didn’t she. page 424. page 425. you know the chapter titles are killing me. YES HE’S [redacted].
Critique: Alice Oseman manages to keep her writing refreshing and the aura of mystery and unsolved questions just keep the reader invested and hoked. She conveys and portrays her character so well, everyone immediately sympathizes with her. The representation is on point. All her characters have just enough of a background to make them look deep, and just enough so that the focus is on the main character. It has refreshing humor, well placed, so that it balances the mystery and overall questions. It is a well written book.