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104 thoughts I had while (re)reading Radio Silence SPOILERS

Hi! Hope you’re all well. I finished re-reading and annotating Radio silence this week so since I’m not great at writing reviews I thought it would be fun to share with you the thoughts I had while reading. These aren’t in depth thoughts they’re just little comments I wrote in my book/quotes that I really liked. This will contain SPOILERS so read at your own risk.

  1. He literally tells you in episode 1 how it’s all a cry for help, this is why we should take people seriously. 
  2. Talking about “C block and D block” gives my flashbacks to school. Is that a British thing to call the buildings?
  3. “I’m well practised in the art of bullshitting.” haha what a mood. 
  4. “Sometimes I felt like that was all I ever talked about. Being clever was, after all, my primary source of self-esteem. I’m a very sad person, in all senses of the word, but at least I was going to get into university.” Felt that so hard.
  5. I like that Alice Oseman puts in pauses and filler words, it makes the conversations seem more realistic. 
  6. “I always wished I had a hobby.” Same I wish I was good at sports or something. 
  7. SPOONS!
  8. Ooo he told her! 
  9. “Don’t let him escape!… This could be your only chance at securing a spouse!” haha 
  10. I agree the men’s jumpers at Primark are wayyy better. 
  11. Old sport – Great Gatsby bitches. 
  12. I like that Aled and Frances use kisses and hearts in messages without it being a big deal or weird. 
  13. “Not an unintelligent idiot, but a sort of naive idiot who manages to fall into a difficult situation and then can’t get out of because she’s too awkward.” No need foe the personal attack Alice. 
  14. I’m glad she decides to tell him that she is Toulouse early on so it’s not a giant secret throughout the whole book, *cough* Eliza and her monsters *cough*. 
  15. We really need more books with platonic friendships between boys and girls. 
  16. I love that it is made clear there is no romantic feelings between them. 
  17. “Do you talk to yourself?” Erm yes. 
  18. Putting crisps on sandwiches is golden. 
  19. “There’s magic under our feet, not just in our eyes.” 
  20. The bitch Carol is here. 
  21. I wish I had a friendship like Frances and Aled. 
  22. The first episode that Frances hears him record! A precious moment.
  23. Foreshadowing! February Friday is Carys. 
  24. I just love the writing in the transcript sections.
  25. Ew results day. 
  26. Yes GBBO!
  27. I love the scene where they’re drunk in the field. 
  28. I’m starting to warm to Daniel at this point. 
  29. “Everyone’s different inside their head.” Big oof. 
  30. Carol is a bitch okay carry on. 
  31. God I relate I really didn’t want to go to university, taking a year out was the best decision I ever made. 
  32. Lol Daniel is not February Friday hun. 
  33. The ghost school episode, heart reacts only.
  34. Yes Frances is going to be in the next episode.
  35. “Feeling less like confused kids in office suits and more like ageing veterans of the education system.” 
  36. Why the hell would they stop her from being head girl because of that, get over it. 
  37. Ew personal statements, aka the most pointless things in existence. 
  38. “Lunchtime is a basic human right.” Lol tell that to my school who gave me 2 lunch lessons a week. 
  39. I’m so here for the little mentions of British things like Morrison’s etc. 
  40. “I think everyone’s a bit bored with boy-girl romances anyway.” Preach. 
  41. Fuck the hair cutting scene. 
  42. Protect Aled at all costs. 
  43. The universe city episodes are small hints as to what is going on in his life. 
  44. “I didn’t know exactly what was stressing me out. It wasn’t one single thing. It was more like a billion tiny things all pulling together to form one giant tidal wave of stress. It felt like I was drowning, sort of.” Relatable. 
  45. No Aled don’t be mad at her.
  46. People on the internet have no respect for privacy. 
  47. Parks and rec!!
  48. OMG the high school musical and camp rock reference. 
  49. I used to think that going to uni getting a good job was what you we’re supposed to do too but I’m glad I realised that’s not the case for everyone. 
  50. Chocolate by The 1975, fave!
  51. “My entire personality was a lie.” Mood.
  52. Not gonna lie Tumblr can be super dangerous, it really didn’t help my mental health back in the day. 
  53. “The nucleus is the powerhouse of the cell.” That made me laugh harder than it should. 
  54. Raine is actually a good friend. 
  55. Save my baby Aled please. 
  56. Cambridge is a very pretty place. 
  57. The Ron Weasley comment made me laugh, I love Ron.
  58. I like seeing her thought spirals/overthinking.
  59. The Cambridge/Oxford interview process really is unnecessary. 
  60. The “old white men” not paying any attention to Frances is too true. 
  61. “Always been lying to yourself about this? Always believed that you wre passionate about something you weren’t?” Me @ Spanish. 
  62. School really shouldn’t put so much pressure on us getting good grades and should teach people about other pathways. 
  63. “When you get to this age, you realise that you’re not anyone special after all.”
  64. “Going into the marsh, gotta be harsh.” That had me dead, me and my friend have a similar phrase.
  65. Here comes my anger for Carol.
  66. God she’s so patronising. 
  67. Calling her child a “Hateful child.” What a bitch. 
  68. How dare she paint his room. 
  69. “She took everything he loved and ruined it.” Crying. 
  70. “I couldn’t stop thinking. I couldn’t turn my brain off. I Felt like I was panicking.” Relatable. 
  71. OH MY GOD THE DOG. 
  72. WHATTTT?????
  73. “She was burning him, slowly, until he died.!
  74. Poor Carys.
  75. The fire, Gloves, see she is February Friday. 
  76. “Sometimes I think we’re the same person..but we just got accidentally split in two before we were born.” This is so funny me and my friend always say this. 
  77. “Under the trash… There’s just more trash. We’re trash to the bone.” haha what a mood. 
  78. She didn’t get in, it’s so hard though.
  79. I love how supportive her mum is. 
  80. NOoo the fact the “Goodbye” episode is just white noise broke me.
  81. I like the theme of fire in the book. 
  82. Her mum ready to get that Filofax yes queen!
  83. Carys help him please.
  84. “Life isn’t all textbooks and grades.” Truth.
  85. “I wish I could be as subtle and beautiful. All I know how to do is scream…”
  86. God that transcript section was beautiful.
  87. I agree I love travelling down motorways too.
  88. “Art reflects life… Or… maybe it’s the other way round.”
  89. People really can be brutal to Creators.
  90. Thank God Aled is here.
  91. “Sometimes you can’t say the things you’re thinking. Sometimes it’s too hard.” Completely agree.
  92. SHIT Carol is back.
  93. “I want to talk to my real child.” Ooof Carol you did not just say that. 
  94. NO! Don’t let him leave. 
  95. Thank God.
  96. “I could get a septum piercing.” Creased. 
  97. I’ve never seen  demisexual character in a book before, this is important. 
  98. Essential purchases, haha.
  99. Bless i love Frances’ mum so much. 
  100. He’s doing it my baby I’m so proud.
  101. AHHHH
  102. The only criticism I have of this book is that I wish there was more to the ending, it just seems to stop. 
  103. But I love it so so so much.
  104. This book so accurately describes the journey I’ve been through with university. I went to uni last year but end up dropping out, taking a year out and then I’m going back this year to do a completely different course. This book is so needed. 

I hope you enjoyed reading, I’m thinking of doing this in the future for more books if you would be interested. tell me your thoughts on Radio silence. Thanks for reading x

Chloe

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The woman in the window: Book review

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Goodreads Synopsis

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbours.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.


A.J. Finn’s debut novel The woman in the window is a highly anticipated psychological thriller released in 2018 that i was eager to get to and dive into this suspenseful page turner that I completely devoured. I absolutely loved this story so consequently gave in a 5 stars and will definitely be checking out more thrillers in the future.

It took me the first 30 or so pages to get into the writing style as it was quite choppy with short sentences but once I got used to Finn’s style of writing I found that it really benefited the pacing and the plot of the story, it made the book super engaging, quick to read and complete with the short chapters I just wanted to keep reading and fly through this to get some answers.

I also really liked the character of Anna, although she was an unreliable narrator I found that to be key to the plot of the book. Anna is an agoraphobic {I don’t know how accurate the representation is} and also an alcoholic so we are never sure if we can 100% trust what she has seen or what she is telling us throughout the book therefore this element just makes you question your own sanctity whilst Anna is facing the dilemma of figuring out what actually happened. I definitely wanted to rip my hair out at some points in the book I just wanted to finally understand what was happening. A.J. Finn did a really good job in my opinion of not only making me question my sanity but also making me empathise with Anna, she may have frustrated me at times but she also made me feel for her especially in the scene where we learn more about her backstory and what caused her to live the way she does now.

THE ENDING! I was completely surprised by the ending and I thought it was pretty well done, there were a few reveals that I did see coming along the way but I don’t see that as an issue because I think they were mainly there as red herrings anyway. I loved how we thought we had got the full story and the answers we needed but then Finn completely flipped the reveal on its head which was my favourite part of this whole thing. I do believe that although I enjoyed this book it could feel a little tropey for those who read a lot of thrillers as I don’t think it was a particularly unique idea, it felt very similar to The girl on the train which I read last year and quite enjoyed. Having said this I feel that A.J. Finn made this his own story and putting his own spin on the classic tropes and would love to read more from him as well as more thrillers in the future.

Overall I really enjoyed this read and would definitely recommend even if you’re like me and don’t have much experience when it comes to thrillers. Let me know if you have read this book and your thoughts on it, did you enjoy it too? Thanks for reading x

Chloe

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