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Radio Silence Relié – 28 mars 2017
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Revue de presse
“An intense, highly engaging, well–plotted story of relationships, explorations into gay and bisexual identities, family trauma, a straight-jacket education system, and, mostly, kids yearning to be their truest selves despite it all.” -- Booklist (starred review)
“Keenly intelligent. A smart, timely outing.” -- Kirkus Reviews
“Oseman is a master at combining sardonic wit with angst to create believable characters and a compelling contemporary story that will resonate with teens. VERDICT: A top pick for any YA collection.” -- School Library Journal
Praise for SOLITAIRE: “A fascinating debut from an author to watch.” -- ALA Booklist
“Oseman’s debut could put her among the great young adult fiction authors.” -- Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“Tori’s voice makes this story into a poignant yet blackly funny and even lively emotional journey. A deeply absorbing read.” -- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Oseman proves herself a clever, witty writer.” -- Publishers Weekly
“Honest and authentic… with appeal to fans of John Green.” -- Bookseller (London)
“In [Oseman’s] punky, depressive, epigrammatic, mordant heroine Tori Spring we have a Holden Caulfield for the internet age.” -- The Times (London)
“Intrigue, suspense, and a fairly spectacular climax will appeal to teens asking the big questions.” -- ALA Booklist
Biographie de l'auteur
Alice Oseman was born in 1994 in Kent, England. She completed a degree in English at Durham University in 2016 and is currently a full-time writer and illustrator. Alice can usually be found staring aimlessly at computer screens, questioning the meaninglessness of existence, or doing anything and everything to avoid getting an office job. Find out more about Alice and her books at www.aliceoseman.com.
Détails sur le produit
- Éditeur : HarperTeen (28 mars 2017)
- Langue : Anglais
- Relié : 496 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062335715
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062335715
- Âge de lecture : 13 années et plus
- Poids de l'article : 544 g
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 3.78 x 20.96 cm
- Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon : 12 en Fiction télévision et radio pour adolescents
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In all my time reading YA, and reading contemporary books, I have never come across a book I could relate to as much as this one. That made me sound really old, didn’t it? I hope you know what I mean. I actually felt like I knew Frances, that we were similar in so many ways, and that we would be great friends.
Here’s the thing: while I love stories filled with adventure or road trips and teenage (romantic) drama, that has never been my life. I’m very much an introvert. I don’t really like going to clubs or big friend groups. I do better with one-on-one conversations. There are many things I love fiercely, but don’t tell the people I know in real life about because I’m afraid they’d think I’m too weird. I was a good student. I didn’t really mind studying. Now that I am 22 years old, I love these aspects of my personality. I adore being an introvert. As a teenager, it made me feel like I was the lame or weird friend. I think reading a book like this, would have made me feel like I wasn’t alone, or weird.
Frances has always been someone very into studying. She wanted to become head girl, so she could get into Cambridge. A good university means a good life, right? That’s always been her focus. There’s one other thing she loves even more though: a YouTube podcast called University City. It’s about a futuristic place where the world has gone to crap and someone is stuck all alone inside of a university (I think). The person sends out radio broadcasts, hoping to find someone who is listening. Frances makes fan art for the podcast, which she sometimes posts on Tumblr too. Anonymous, of course. Then she meets a guy called Aled, and finds herself with a true friend for the first time.
I can’t tell you how much I adored this story, and these characters. Let me try though:
This book is set in the UK. Somehow, I always feel closer to a teenager’s story when it’s set in the UK, rather than the US. I guess it’s a European Union thing -for now…
This actually felt like a modern YA read. I know what you’re thinking: contemporaries are always modern, Jolien! Yes, I know. But I feel like the references made in this book were things I, as a young woman, understood. Instead of these weird 80s references that no teenager now actually makes.
Frances is so relateable. Even though there are so many aspects of her I can’t relate to, I still feel like I am her.
There is so much diversity in this book, without it feeling like it’s centered around it. Frances is British-Ethiopian. Daniel is Korean. She’s bisexual, something she has known for years (she’s 17 while this story takes place). This book also includes homosexuality and demisexuality -although I feel the latter could’ve been expanded on more.
Family is important as well. In one of the reviews I read on this book, it mentioned the bad parenting trope happening here too. I actually don’t think that’s the case. Yes, there is bad parenting in it. But there is great parenting too. Frances’ mom is honestly an incredible mother. She knows her daughter so well, and is so accepting, supporting and kind. I think she’s the kind of mother we should all aspire to be/support one day.
Friendship is what this book is actually about. Is it weird that I find that so refreshing? This book isn’t about a grand romance which let’s be real, most of us don’t get at 17 years old. It’s about being a good friend, finding a friend who you can really be yourself with and how to help each other out.
Education. I like that this book addresses the problems with our Western educational system. So many of us are led to believe that the only way we’ll have a good life is if we get a degree from the best school ever. And that’s just not true. Traditional education is not for everyone. It doesn’t suit everyone. There are people who thrive in real life situations, instead of in a school system. We need to be shown our other options too, which is something this book addresses.
I could honestly go on for ages about this book. There are so many things I loved about it. I don’t think I have ever read a book like this. I felt like I was engulfed in a giant hug, while I was reading this. Saying: it’s okay. Not every teenager is all about partying. Not every teenager has a huge clique of friends. Not every teenager has this big romantic story, and/or finds the love of their life in high school. You’re great the way you are.
I would encourage everyone to read this. Even if you would normally not pick up a YA contemporary. I think this is the kind of book most people could find something to appreciate in. Thank you, Kyra and Michelle, for urging me to pick this up. I appreciate it.
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From the off I was hooked. By the style of writing, the characters, the story & most of all because this was relatable to me beyond belief!
I went into this book not knowing anything about it apart from people were raving about it. I can now see why. It is the perfect coming of age book for me. Covering many topics such as bullying, identity crisises & sexuality to name a few. As someone who was bullied for many years at high school I really identified with this part of the story & found my self shedding a tear many a time. Not just with the bullying either it opened my eyes to the many other problems young people go through in their teenage years.
Not don't get me wrong the book is not all doom & gloom I also found myself shedding a few tears of joy as well. Sometimes not even at the book, like when I was reading in my bed & looked up to find my babys night light still shining it's star on my bedroom ceiling I found it rather fitting as would recommend reading the full book in this setting. I also loved the way the friendships rocked & rolled through out the story, very realistic & relatable.
Basically all I can say about this book is that I love it, I love the characters & think that everyone should read it! Really cannot fault it at all!
P.s sorry the review is so vague I really don't want to give away any spoilers.
There was so much awesome in this book. The diverse cast list, the relateable teenage characters, the setting (my home county, Kent of all places! I've never read a book set there!), the plot, and especially the writing. Oseman is a real talent, and 'Solitaire' is going on my list straight away! Characters are her biggest skill, she writes such good, unique ones! I loved the relationships: a platonic friendship between a guy and a girl with no romantic interest, a gay relationship that felt REAL and not like it had been edged in to tick a box, a YA parent that was supportive and nurturing, a YA parent that was the very opposite. I loved the themes it covered too, a deep look at exams and the education system, the value of University, fandoms and 'nerdiness'. It perfectly highlighted the kind of stress teens go through and how adult figures (teachers, parents, etc.) can really help or make things a LOT worse.
I genuinely can't think of anything that I didn't enjoy about this story, though I have to say that the main 'villain' as it were felt a little on the ridiculous, exaggerated side of things. Nevertheless, it made for intense reading and spiced things up nicely. Frances was a great MC and ethnically diverse, I totally figured out who February Friday was but I was still excited about the big reveal, I loved watching Aled's relationship with Daniel too. Raine and Carys were great characters too and it was wonderful to see normal teenagers interacting on a level that I understood and could relate to. Bravo Miss Oseman!
If you enjoyed Rainbow Rowell's 'Fangirl' and are looking for something with a similar feel, with the addition of diversity and art, I definitely think Radio Silence would be the perfect read for you.
I loved that, despite there being a variety of sexualities, this wasn't a 'coming out' story. It was more about what the characters wanted out of life, rather than who they wanted. Their sexuality was part of them and their story but it wasn't their while narrative. It just normalised sexualities other than straight, which I thought was fantastic.
The insight into university and the experience so many teens go though throughout their A Levels, GCSE's and University years was outstanding. It made me so happy to finally read a book with the message that University and grades aren't the be all and end all of life. I think this has such a positive message about so many things and will be a genuine comfort to so many of its readers.
I loved the writing style and the pacing of the plot. There were multiple subplots but none were too intense or overwhelmed the others. They all intertwined so smoothly and the outcome was a comfortable and genuine read.
Lastly, as a little added note. The cultural references absolutely made my day. Tamagotchi's, High School Musical, Camp Rock?... What more could I possibly ask for?!
I loved that the relationship between the two main characters wasn't a romance - and romance isn't really a big thing in this book at all, which is refreshing compared to a lot of other YA books.There's a big focus on friendship in this book, which was really nice. Overall, this was a really enjoyable book that kept me engaged the whole way through, and I would recommend it to just about anyone.
I read Alice Oseman's first book, Solitaire , before I read this and while this book isn't a direct sequel, there are a handful of references to Solitaire in Radio Silence which were really fun to pick up on, so that added a nice extra touch to this book.
Alice Oseman is an incredibly talented writer, but what I love about her extends beyond just her published books. She interacts with her fans on social media more than any other author I follow, and she creates so much extra content for her books like art and short stories. You can tell when a writer really loves what they do, and Alice is someone who obviously cares a lot about her stories and characters. It's so great to find an author like that, and I'm really looking forward to everything she does next.
There’s so much pressure in society nowadays to find a romantic partner - romance is portrayed as being the only way to love and be loved. Anything else is useless and a waste of time. But I really hate that idea, that love is basically worthless unless it’s a certain kind of love. I believe that you can find soulmates in platonic relationships too. And I don’t think a platonic relationship is less strong or less valuable than a romantic one. They’re just different kinds of love. Both good, both beautiful in their own ways.
Anyway, rant aside, I don’t see enough good friendship stories around, and ‘Radio Silence’ satisfies my need for one. It’s quirky, fun and the main character is a nerdy fangirl so I think most of us bookworms out there can probably relate. The story is written in first person from the point of view of Frances who feels alone, misunderstood, and basically pours all of her energy into her studies to distract herself from it. Her secret obsession is a sci-fi podcast called ‘University City’ which she draws fan art for and puts on tumblr. Then the maker of the podcast asks her to become the official artist for the show. Around the same time, she also meets and befriends the maker in real life - Aled Last, a shy boy who’s hiding more than one secret, including a missing sister who Frances used to be friends with.
Frances and Aled quickly bond over the podcast and become best friends, however when Aled’s secret identity as the maker of the podcast is revealed, the trust between them is broken and things start to go downhill.
Alice Oseman’s writing style in ‘Radio Silence’ is very grounded and authentic - she’s only 21 herself which is absolutely incredible, and in my opinion makes her very relatable to this generation of young readers. Tumblr and online culture play a big part in the book, much more so than in any other YA I’ve read, which again is all down to the author drawing from her own personal experiences. Also there’s a lot of diversity - non-white characters, LGBT characters, asexual characters, characters with mental health issues. I think this is an incredibly brave move, as I get the feeling that despite the demand for diversity YA publishers still tend to stick more to ‘conventional’ books as they believe there’s less risk attached.
Anyway, in conclusion, GO AND READ THIS BOOK. It’s a book about so many things - identity, sexuality, goals, friendship. Frances and Aled were more than just main characters, they were people I was rooting for and wanted to be friends with. And I think that’s how you know when a book’s good. When you’re so invested that it stops being fiction and becomes real to you.