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.
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…
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.
Other Works by Lisa Williamson I’ve Reviewed
- Floored (contributing author)