Today marks my stop on the Paper Avalanche Blog Tour.
The book marks Lisa Williamson’s third novel with David Fickling Books and when an opportunity came up to be apart of the blog tour I could not resist. After all I have honestly loved/binge read/devoured every book of hers!
‘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…
[Taken from Goodreads]
Ro Snow has a rule, stay under the radar if you want to stay away from social services.
Imagine a world where every piece of paper you’ve ever touched, every birthday card, letter… just every scrap was still in your home. The clutter would add up pretty quickly right? Well Ro doesn’t have to imagine, for her, living with Bonnie, a hoarder, life is a clusterfuck of clutter spreading from room to room.
What I loved so much about this book was the realness of it! Lisa always writes stories that just feel so incredible and real. It certainly helps that Lisa trained as an actor because I can not only feel these characters but visualise them and feel as though I am with them (in their clutter house).
Ro is definitely a girl who is parenting her Mum but is in desperate need of parenting herself. She’s in High School and worrying about paying the bills?? It honestly made me hate Bonnie a little (whole) lot. Especially with her blasé attitude to it. However, it did make me think that those who are hoarders just sometimes don’t see it. They don’t see the damage, the mess and the space taken up by their illness.
Enter Tanvi, a girl who wants to and decides she will be Ro’s best friend. After a while, their one sided friendship starts to truly blossom the way all friendships do. It takes time and sometimes patience on the one side. Again, Lisa captures the innocence of friendships perfectly. I feel like all of her novels have such rich and vibrant characters that I just can’t help but fall for their unique charms.
I was also needing some YA after reading a lot of fantasy last month and this hit the spot!
Naturally this was a great read from start to finish and I thoroughly recommend it all to you if you love anything Susin Nielsen has written, but also if you really liked Floored ’cause Lisa wrote a character POV in that book! (I just really fucking love Lisa’s books!)
Now if you’ll excuse me I need to de clutter before I end up like Bonnie!
Paper Avalanches is available from all good book stores 3rd January 2019.