‘Bonnie. Never Mum or Mummy or Mother. Just Bonnie.’
When it comes to flying under the radar, Ro Snow is an expert.
And strictly NO VISITORS.
It may be lonely, but at least this way the truth remains where it should – hidden.
Then Tanvi Shah, the girl who almost died, comes tumbling back into her life, and Ro finds herself losing control of her carefully constructed lies.
But if Ro’s walls come crumbling down, who’s going to take care of Bonnie…”
*I was asked to review this book as part of the Paper Avalanche tour – this does not affect my rating*
Do you ever get it when you read a book but you know that your words in your review are never going to do it justice? How do I explain my love in a coherent way, capturing all the aspects that made me enjoy it so much? This is me with this book – I truly feel that there is no way to understand how important and fantastic this book is without reading it yourself.
I don’t want to give too much away but Paper Avalanche follows the story of Ro Snow, who is desperate to pass through school without anyone noticing her. However, with a Mum like Bonnie and a new school girl called Tanvi, this becomes a little difficult. It follows family relationships – something that is often forgotten in YA books – friendships and general life goals that plague everyone during their I-Don’t-Know-What-I-Want-To-Do-With-My-Life phase at school (this is still me many years after leaving school to be fair). I found this book incredibly relatable and loved reading it.
This book also covers an important topic that I have not seen covered in a fiction book before and that is hoarding. It is such a stigmatised disorder and I found it really interesting to read from Ro’s perspective to learn about the massive impact this can have on your life and how it shapes the way you make decisions consciously and subconsciously. I think it is dealt in a very sensitive way and is a very important book to read to gain an insight into a situation that is unique for any teenager to be living in.
I highly recommend this book and it has definitely edged it’s way as one of my favourite books I have read this year (probably one of my favourite YA books of all time). I think this is Lisa Williamson’s best book yet and I can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve next!