Radio Silence by Alice Oseman / Book Review

Originally published in CHIA | The ARTE Atelier

This post/book review is a little too informal, considering that after I finished reading the book I was so done with it I just had to write my raw thoughts. So in essence, I guess you can say that this is a hundred percent honest review of Radio Silence by Alice Oseman.

Quick disclaimer though, if you’re reading this and you liked the book, please know that I understand that and I’m not discrediting your opinion and sentiments about it, okay? This is just my personal take on it.

So, I just finished reading Radio Silence and please forgive me for saying this, but turns out I didn’t really like it. I did start off enjoying it, though, but at some point both Aled and Frances must have said or done certain things that made it go downhill for me so fast and I mean oh goodness did it go downhill.

Anyway, I believe it’s appropriate to say that I can, however, see why other people loved it so much, I probably would’ve too had I read it when I was 13, but I’m now in my 20’s (I’m kidding, I’m only 21 it’s nothing major) and I’m the queen of bad decisions so I went ahead and picked this book up for some light reading. But thoughts, right. Here’s my two cents:

  1. First off, I know it’s YA so I wasn’t expecting some great literature writing, and actually thought that given its genre, the writing fits it just right. It’s not good but it fits, so does that make it good enough at least? I don’t know but that’s beside the point.
  2. I appreciate the attempt at a diverse book, at least there was an attempt right — but…… really? Was that for show? Merely for surface value? Because honestly, what is the point of making the characters biracial if it doesn’t really add any sort of dimension to them? You could honestly replace any of the diverse characters with literally anyone, and it wouldn’t make any difference at all. Because they extremely still radiate the infamous white privilege, OH IT’S OOZING.
  3. I get it. Frances and Aled are quirky teenagers. They like aliens and the Avengers and bright colors and the galaxy whatsoever — but this is already too much telling. SHOW me they’re quirky, don’t TELL it to me by saying they wear geeky clothes. There could’ve been other non-superficial ways to say they’re such uniquely quirky teenagers other than they wear these clothes. Ooh yay matchy-matchy. I kept waiting the entire time, you know, for something other than that.
  4. There were certain scenes in the book that I thought were way too convenient like that one near the ending, where our group finally goes to Aled’s university and looks for him and this one student was like, “Oh did you say Aled? Yeah, I know him!” because trust me, that has never happened to me in my entire life. I was just thinking, okay but that’s too coincidental, too convenient. That’s not a big turn off, it’s just so funny to me.
  5. The dialogues. Take a shot every time our characters say ‘literally’ and ‘like’. I get it, teenagers speak that way, but does it really have to be in every single page? That’s exaggerating it, but seriously, it’s a LOT. A LOT.
  6. I hate the fact that this book poses to be different, and unique, and oh so special, when it’s not. It’s seriously the same concept YA has been recycling for years over and over and I’m tired of it. I just thought that the type of mindset it promotes is not appropriate nor good for emotionally unstable teenagers reading it. Speak up and ask for help if you need it, PLEASE.

Alright, I guess that concludes it. Again, I’m sorry but if you liked this book, I personally just did not. It just so happens that it’s not my cup of tea, I guess. Or maybe YA in general, is not the genre for me. But that’s something I already know. It’s just, with the hype going around this book, I thought it was gonna be a different YA. But if you liked this book then yay good for you! Anyway, I’m gonna have to stop now, but — stay home and stay safe! ‘Till next time 💛

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