Book Review: Radio Silence (+ Podcasts Recs)




What if everything you set yourself up to be was wrong? Frances is been a study machine with one goal. Nothing will stand in her way; not friends, not a guilty secret – not even the person she is on the inside. Then Frances meets Aled, and for the first time she’s unafraid to be herself. So when the fragile trust between them is broken, Frances is caught between who she was and who she longs to be. Now Frances knows that she has to confront her past. To confess why Carys disappeared…Frances is going to need every bit of courage she has. Engaging with themes of identity, diversity and the freedom to choose, Radio Silence is a tor de force by the most exciting writer of her generation.


I can hear you all screaming “Marta, finally! You’ve read the best book out there, it only took you 2 years to get to it, but you’re here at last.” 

And yes, I’ve finally read Radio Silence by Alice Oseman and I adored it. I think this also means Oseman is officially one of my favorite authors, she convinced me with her writing style, the amazing themes she has in her books (platonic friendships, so much diversity, subjects that are highly related to the fandom). Every book of hers is so original and I just love her mind, how she makes her characters have artsy hobbies, be three-dimensional and most importantly, they don’t have to be in a romantic relationship to be interesting.

Books that focus on friendships and family are so important to me, they are refreshing and they are very much needed to remind us all that romance isn’t everything in life.

Frances was absolutely relatable, it was a bit scary being in the mind of someone who’s so similar to me, but for the first time, I liked it. She’s a perfectionist, a study machine, her grades are very important to her, her value and self-worth are very strongly related to her academy performance. Been there, done that. It wasn’t nice at all.

The thing I appreciated the most about Frances was how she viewed her personality, she considered she had two personalities – a school personality and a personality that was reserved only for her family and close friends. I believe many introverts feel the same way, we don’t really feel comfortable showing our true personality to people we aren’t familiar to, we just show a small portion of who we are (usually the quiet, laid-back one, right???).

Frances is absolutely amazing, her struggle with choosing between a practical career and her hobby, between a safe choice and something risky, but maybe wonderfully satisfying was again so actual to what’s happening to teenagers nowadays. I’m glad Oseman wrote about this because so many of us choose practical majors, fields that are popular and better paid while neglecting our true passions because we don’t think we’d manage to make a living out of it.


Aled Last, the other main character, is too precious for this world and he needs to be protected 24/7. He lives with his mom that emotionally abuses him, she does some very awful and unforgivable things throughout the book – for example, putting Aled’s dog down while he was at college just because she thought the dog was useless, too old, a nuisance. She constantly wanted to keep him away from everything that made him happy – his podcast, his sister, friends or his pet – just so he can focus on serious things like school and his future career. Bad parenting 101 right here.

However, Aled managed to get away from all of this and find what made him happy, it was inspiring to read about his journey. Sometimes I was concerned about him because he was very depressed and obviously not in a great place, but fortunately he had amazing friends to help him get through it.

Aled is demisexual, he’s in a relationship with his childhood friend Daniel, he has mad fashion skills and he’s fabulous, really.

The friendship between Frances and Aled makes them both shine and lets them show their real selves. I loved these two babies too much! You’ll fall in love with this book because of their friendship, because of how much they love each other and support each other even when one of them messed it up, their love is still unconditional. I think anybody would love to have such a friend.

This book was heart-warming, it was everything I ever wanted/needed in a novel and it will stay with me for a long time. I have no idea if I like it more than I Was Born for This, so please don’t ask me that.

You can buy Radio Silence on Amazon or Book Depository, for links just click on the buttons down below. 


I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who loves platonic relationships, podcasts, college discussion and books that don’t shy away from important/serious subjects. I would actually recommend to anyone. 

And now since a big part of this book is about podcasts, I’m going to recommend you my all-the-time favorite podcasts.


Top Five Podcasts That I Absolutely Love

  1. Serial Killers – which is a great podcast on True Crime, I absolutely adore it because of the psychological aspect included here. Besides talking about the crimes commmitted by a certain serial killer, they also dwelve into the psychological factors that influenced the murderer. It’s very cool and I would definitely recommend it.
  2. The Bright Sessions – I’ve only listened to the first season, I think, but it’s really amazing. I love the storylines, the premise is spectacular and I can’t wait to listen to more.
  3. Sword and Scale – this is probaly my second favourite True Crime podcast, that I totally recommend to you. I prefer Serial Killers because of that psychological aspects that they get into and they present the lives of the killers and try to see why they’ve got there. But Sword and Scale is great at incorporating the crimes with interviews of people that were involved in the cases or professional opinions on the case.
  4. Let’s Talk About Myths, Baby! – I discovered this one quite recently, but I’ve fallen in love with it, the way it shows mythology from a feminist perspective – showing its many faults, but also how interesting it is. It’s great, I enjoy it tremudously.
  5. Lore – this one is pretty scary sometimes. I’ve listened to an episode about a creepy dool and it made me hesitate on sleeping that night. But most of the time, the episodes are atmospheric and I really love them. I have to listen to more episodes.


Did you read Radio Silence? If yes, did you adore it as much as I did?

Also, what are some of your favorite podcasts? I need your recommendations!


38 thoughts on “Book Review: Radio Silence (+ Podcasts Recs)

  1. Lunar Luci @lunarlucibooks says:

    YEESS I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH. It got me into Oseman’s books and I’ve read all three within a week 😂 now I’m waiting for my copy of Heartstopper and waiting till I can add the preorder of her 4th book to my basket. Definitely an auto-buy ❤ her writing feels so real, the characters are like no other I've ever read about and I felt so much for every one of them!

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    • Marta says:

      I adored both Radio Silence and I Was Born For This, they are perfect and Oseman has such a huge talent, can’t wait to read Solitaire and Heartstopper as well ❤
      She's surely one of my favorite authors now ❤


    • Marta says:

      YESSS, Kristin, you really have to read Radio Silence as it’s perfect! ❤
      I hope you like it! I think I've listened to the ones about Athena and Medusa and really loved them!


  2. Marie says:

    YES YOU CAN HEAR ME SCREAMING MARTA THIS MAKES ME HAPPY you can hear me all the way to your home hahaha.
    I am honestly so happy you finally read and loved this book as much as I did, it’s such a wonderfully, relatable and incredible book. I could relate to Frances so, sooooooooooooo much just as well and I loved that ❤
    I don't listen to many podcasts to be honest, the only one I'm listening to is 88 cups of tea, it's a writing podcast and it's amazing 😀

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    • Marta says:

      HAHAHAHA, yes, I’ve heard you loud and clear, Marie! ❤
      Frances was glorious and I related so much to her as well, I think she hit so close to home. I don't think I've ever listened to that one, is it good? I would need all the writing advice out there :))
      Thank you very much, Marie! ❤

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  3. Margaret @ Weird Zeal says:

    I’m soooo happy you loved this book and discovered the amazingness that is Alice oseman!!! I too related SO hard to Frances and loved the themes of platonic friendship in this book 💕 And omg The Bright Sessions is one of my favorite podcasts 😍😍😍

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    • Marta says:

      I’ve discovered Alice Oseman earlier this year when reading I Was Born For This, I didn’t think I’d love Radio Silence as much as her latest book, but it happened *heart eyes*
      I really have to continue The Bright Sessions as everyone is raving about it! ❤

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  4. Gayathri Lakshminarayanan says:

    I was looking for a book with a title beginning with R for my reading challenge and I had completely forgotten about this one. Thanks to your review, I am getting this one right away. I hope I will like this as much as you did.


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