My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Frances Janvier spends most of her time studying.
Everyone knows Aled Last as that quiet boy who gets straight As.
You probably think that they are going to fall in love or something. Since he is a boy and she is a girl.
They don’t. They make a podcast.
In a world determined to shut them up, knock them down, and set them on a cookie cutter life path, Frances and Aled struggle to find their voices over the course of one life-changing year. Will they have the courage to show everyone who they really are? Or will they be met with radio silence?
I fell in love with this book. At the start, it was a little jarring as I don’t normally read books that reference places where I grew up and know very well. However, After the 80/100 page mark, I was hooked. I read the last 200 pages in one sitting I was so engrossed in the story. One of my new favourite reads for this year!
This book is perfect for the modern generation with Youtube, parties, school pressures and social media influence. It is so interesting to read a story that uses Tumblr and Youtube as two of the social platforms throughout this book. It makes this book so much more relatable to the modern world.
My lecturers always told me to write from what I know and Alice Oseman has certainly done this. It was a beautifully structured book. With family struggles, university pressure and how friendships can grow when you are more yourself.
Identity is a big thing throughout this book and I think everyone struggles with it at some point within their lives. Whether you have a work persona and a home persona, or with different friends you act in different ways. It all makes up you as a person. This book explores that in such an interesting way which I can certainly relate to.
I would highly reccomend this book!
as always, happy reading