I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
From critically acclaimed author Alice Oseman comes a smartly crafted contemporary YA novel, perfect for readers who love Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl. This is an utterly captivating and authentic new teen novel from the author of Solitaire, which VOYA said “could put her among the great young adult fiction authors.”
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?
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
This was a contemporary story about a boy and girl who did a podcast.
I liked Frances, and I liked how much she cared for Aled, and how she never gave up on him, even when he gave up on himself. I also liked the other characters in this book, especially Raine, who always said exactly what she was thinking.
The storyline in this was about Frances being asked to do some artwork for her favourite podcast ‘Universe City’, and discovering that the creator was none other than the boy who lived across the road from her. They got together and did the podcast together, and a friendship developed, and it was nice that Frances finally had a real friend.
“Being friends with Aled made me feel like I’d never had a real friend before, ever.”
The story was mainly about the friendship, and then we got the story behind Aled’s podcast, and the mystery over who a certain character was based on, as well as the mystery over Aled’s twin sister’s disappearance, and why Frances felt responsible for it! The pace as maybe a little slow in places, but the story was enjoyable, and there wasn’t really any romance either, although it was discussed that Frances was bisexual, Aled was partly asexual, and Aled’s sister and his best friend were gay.
The ending to this was pretty good, and I thought that things were wrapped up pretty well.
7 out of 10