Frances, a bisexual and biracial (British/Ethiopian) girl is single-mindedly focusing on getting into an elite college when she meets Aled, the demisexual creator of her favorite podcast. She opens up to him as a platonic soulmate but when her confidences go viral, she has to confront her past. Aled has an abusive family, severe depression, and a lesbian sister. Includes a gay South Korean character.
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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?
Cis girls: Frances
Cis boys: Aled
Frances is bisexual
Aled is demisexual
Carys (secondary character) is gay
Daniel Jun (secondary character) is gay
Not explicitly addressed.
Multiracial: Frances (she is British and Ethiopian)
Daniel Jun is Korean
Trigger Warnings: suicide ideation, depression, emotional abuse, and animal cruelty.