24 February, 2016
Alice Oseman Then and Now
After a few weeks however, she announced that she hadn't got into Cambridge after all, and her blog just disappeared. I never heard from her again. I've wondered off and on what happened to her.
So imagine my surprise, when I was browsing The Guardian website and saw an interview with Alice Oseman. That name sounded so familiar and yet, at first I couldn't place her. It was only when I saw the photo of her face framed by gorgeous red hair that I remembered her. This was my introverted and talented young friend! But wait, why was she being interviewed by The Guardian? Yep, turns out that book she was writing at 17, Solitaire, was published two years later and acclaimed as a "Catcher in the Rye for the digital age". Now 21, and in her final year at Durham University, her second novel, Radio Silence, has just been published too.
I can't help but feel a little proud. I didn't have anything to do with her success, but it's nice to feel as if I spotted something in someone and was right! I'm so pleased for her. And, with two novels published she is now a more prolific novelist - and certainly more famous - than I am. Good for her!
The whole episode has served to remind me how fast life is when you are young. OK, I'm not ancient - I'm turning 30 later this year - but it still feels to me that I was only blogging with Alice a year or so ago. My life has been swept up in having a couple of kids and trying to come up for air occasionally, but for her, the time between being 17 and 21 must seem a lifetime.
Have you read one of Alice's books? Ever met someone "before they were famous"?