Paper Avalanche by Lisa Williamson – Book Review

Title: Paper Avalanche

Author: Lisa Williamson

Genre/Themes: Contemporary, Young Adult, Mental Health, Parental Mental Illness, Child Carer/Caretaker, Hoarding

Blurb from Goodreads

‘Bonnie. Never Mum or Mummy or Mother. Just Bonnie.’

When it comes to flying under the radar, Ro Snow is an expert.

No friends.

No boys.

No parties.

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…

My Review

This is the third book book I’ve read by Lisa Williamson and as expected, it was another thoroughly engaging YA read.

Not quite as brilliant as The Art of Being Normal but definitely better than All About Mia.

The relationship between lead character Ro and her mother Bonnie was very tenderly drawn and I could really empathise with all the fears that Ro had surrounding having to be the parent in their relationship. Williamson definitely knows how to create a strong MC.

I read this in one sitting and was 100% engaged in the storyline.

Admittedly there were some weaknesses: Noah felt utterly superfluous as a character and I found it hard to really understand Ro’s Dad and his character motivations. However, relentlessly optimistic Tanvi was definitely the perfect counterpoint to downcast Ro.

The book wrapped up a little too neat and tidily for my taste but ultimately it was a rewarding reading experience and has reaffirmed my belief that Lisa Williamson is an auto-read YA author for me.

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14 thoughts on “Paper Avalanche by Lisa Williamson – Book Review

  1. I haven’t read anything by Lisa Williamson yet but I’m thinking of changing that now after two positive reviews! It’s not often I find a YA author that has more than one book I thoroughly enjoy, so it’s worth checking this out. Fab review Emer! Jen

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  2. I’ve been meaning to read ‘The Art of Being Normal’ for a while but haven’t gotten to it yet; it seems like maybe I should read that one before I read this. I’m always curious about different portrayals of mental illness in fiction, what diagnosis would you say the mother in this book has?

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  3. Soooo……Lisa Williamson, huh?? Hmmm…WHY HAVENT I HEARD OF HER BEFOREEE?!?! Because you seem to really love the author and now, after reading this review, I’d like to give one of her books a try. ❤️❤️💕

    And it seems like a few character issues aside, you liked this one as well! Will definitely check out some of her books now!❤️❤️


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    1. She’s a less well known UK YA author so maybe that’s why you have not heard of her. If you do want to check out her books I think her first novel, The Art of Being Normal, is the most interesting. It was the first YA novel I ever read with a trans-gendered MC and I think she wrote it in a very sympathetic and sensitive manner :)))

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      1. Yeahh, that could be the reason! But she does sound too good to miss!

        Oh? ALRIGHT THEN! That’s the one I’ll start with!! Thank you sooo much for the recommendation, hon! 😘😘❤️

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