What if everything you set yourself up to be was wrong? Frances has always been a study machine with one goal, elite university. Nothing will stand in her way; not friends, not a guilty secret -- not even the person she is on the inside. But when Frances meets Aled, the shy genius behind her favourite podcast, she discovers a new freedom. He unlocks the door to Real Frances and for the first time she experiences true friendship, unafraid to be herself. Then the podcast goes viral and the fragile trust between them is broken. Caught between who she was and who she longs to be, Frances' dreams come crashing down. Suffocating with guilt, she knows that she has to confront her past. She has to confess why Carys disappeared. Meanwhile at uni, Aled is alone, fighting even darker secrets. It's only by facing up to your fears that you can overcome them. And it's only by being your true self that you can find happiness. Frances is going to need every bit of courage she has.
Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Family violence; Biracial; Gay/Lesbian; Bisexuality; Asexuality/Aromantic; abusive mother; emotional abuse; biracial teenagers; gay; gay teenager; lesbian; lesbian teenager; bisexual teenager; asexual teenager; demisexual teenager
male teenager; female teenager
gay male; lesbian female; bisexual female; asexual male
Cybils Awards, 2017, Nominee, Young Adult Fiction
Gold Inky, 2017, Winner
Silver Inky, 2017, Winner
Best of the Best Books, 2017 Teen Fiction
Booklist Book Review Stars, 2017
Rainbow List, 2018 Young Adult Fiction
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2018 Young Adult Fiction
platonic friendships; popular podcast; death of a pet; college; artist; nerd culture; high school; self-discovery
Oseman, Alice, "Radio Silence" (2017). Diverse Families. 1553.