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  • ★★★★-4

Review: Radio Silence by Alice Oseman (Spoiler-Free)

I went into this book with the absolute highest of expectations, and what I got was not really what I was expecting. I know, I know, that's completely my own fault, but that doesn't change my feelings. I was utterly addicted to this book, but overall it just didn't quite meet/match what I expected it to be. What did I think it would be? You might ask. Well, I honestly don't really know. I know that I thought it would change me. I thought I would feel like I absolutely needed this book in my life. I thought it would cure my anxiety and clear my skin. And while it didn't quite do all that, it was definitely enjoyable. I loved the characters, especially Aled, and I could thoroughly relate to Frances in many ways, however it just wasn't in the ways I was expecting to. I can't really describe why this felt different than I expected, because all I was expecting was a certain feeling. I wanted to feel like I wasn't alone in a crowded room. I wanted to realize that others think in the same way that I do. There is still only one book that has ever managed to do this, and that is Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. I hold that book on a pedestal higher than the tallest skyscraper in the world, and for some reason I expected this book to scale it. It didn't, and I'm kind of okay with that. I'm kind of okay with that because that's what this whole book is about. Maybe some things turn out in a way that was unexpected. Maybe that way seems wrong at first, but maybe it isn't. At this point, I can't even imagine who's still reading this review, so I must part with one final proclamation: Hello. I hope somebody is listening.

Song I was reminded of while reading: Walk on Water

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