Everyone’s different inside their head.
We are living with the internet, we are living with music, Youtube shows, online shopping, Facebook messaging and so on. In Radio Silence, just like in her first book, the author puts her character there. Exactly where we are living, and making them alive in this world we know so well, surrounded by passions, thoughts, desires, lives’ expectations and, deep inside, our own. I’m not in the main character’s place, because I’m not going to university, I am done with it. But Alice raises such interesting questions, such as what you’re supposed to do with your life, what’s expected of you when you’re actually good in class, what you really want. Frances is the main character in this book, and she’s supposed to be this nerd, know-it-all, future Cambridge student. But she wasn’t just that. She’s a passionate artist, a huge fan of a Youtube show. She felt real, and so did her inside struggles at finding who she is, and what he wants to be.
Most adults see teenagers as confused kids who don’t understand much, while they’re the pillars of knowledge and experience and know exactly what is right at all times.
I think the truth is that everyone in the entire world is confused and nobody understands much of anything at all.
There’s a time and a place for being normal. For most people, normal is their default setting. But for some, like you and me, normal is something we have to bring out, like putting on a suit for a posh dinner.
Alice Oseman is an award-winning author, illustrator, and screenwriter. Alice is the creator of LGBTQ+ YA romance comic HEARTSTOPPER, and the writer, creator, and executive producer for the Emmy Award-winning television adaptation for Netflix, produced by See-Saw. Alice has written every episode and been involved at every stage, from casting to music. Alice is the author of several YA contemporary novels about teenage disasters: SOLITAIRE (published when she was 19), RADIO SILENCE, I WAS BORN FOR THIS, and LOVELESS (a New York Times bestseller). Alice’s books have won, been shortlisted or nominated for a number of awards, including the YA Book Prize, the Inky Awards, the Carnegie Medal, and the Goodreads Choice Awards. Alice was named the Attitude Person of the Year 2023, and The British Book Awards Illustrator of the Year.
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