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Paper Avalanche

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'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 c
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 1st 2019 by David Fickling Books
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Lisa Bentley
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Before I start the review I would just like to thank Carolyn McGlone for inviting me to be a part of the blog tour and sending me a copy of Paper Avalanche to review.

Paper Avalanche is the story of Ro Snow. She is a loner who tries to be as small and unnoticeable as she can possibly be. She has no friends and she likes it that way. Friends would only complicate her life. When she is pursued by Tanvi Shah, a girl from school who just wants to befriend Ro, Ro begins to soften and actually enjoy th
Graine Milner
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was thrilled to have a proof copy of this passed on to me by a kind librarian friend - I absolutely loved The Art of Being Normal.
Ro Snow has a secret that means no one can ever come to her house - her mother is a compulsive hoarder. Ro, terrified that Social Services will step in, tries so hard to keep things under control, but at a huge cost to herself. Basically friendless, with two dysfunctional parents, she has little that makes her happy. Until the return of Tanvi, who decides that Ro an
Ross Duffy
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lisa Williamson has done it again! I felt so many emotions reading this whirlwind of a story and my heart ached for many characters. The story was different to your usual YA fiction and had multiple plot twists throughout which benefitted the overall story. The Character Of Ro was relatable to an extent but also allowed me to have emotions for her and get into her story. I love other characters such as Tanvi as they all had unique personalities who were all written fantastically.

I think this co
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am so full of love right now. I’ve gone through them all: anger, sadness, panic, anxiety, love, laughter. This book and its characters are just exceptional. I love the way in which Ro and Bonnie have to deal with this massive problem: their roles reversed, while Ro still has to deal with being a kid. Massive shout outs to Tanvi, Mr Milburn and Noah. Excellent excellent book.
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved paper avalanche. I've been excited about this novel for ages because I love Lisa's novels and was not left disappointed because this was excellent.

What I found to be particularly excellent about this novel is the character voice. The main character Ro lives with her mother who hoards everything. The relationship they have is unconventional with Ro often trying to fulfill the adult role in the household while still in school. She worries about money and is desperately embarrassed about he
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it

Ro Snow is used to hiding her life away, keeping herself to herself, never making friendships or allowing people too close. However when Noah moves in next door and Tanvi comes back to school, Ro's life starts to change.

This story strongly follows the relationships within Ro's life and I loved that. There were some great parent figures for Ro within this book, who is only 14, that play a key role. But also some great friendships are made along the way. I've always loved Lisa Williamson's wr
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You’re fourteen, you should be thinking about school and hanging out with your friends.

But instead, you are being suffocated by a secret you’re trying to safeguard the best you can, one your mother is determined on feeding some more with an ever-growing pile of hoarded things that she buys and never uses. Her addiction is threatening to explode out of the windows of your house and tipping off social services.

The only person who could help, your Dad, only cared enough to save himself, escaped out
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I’ve read all year.

Paper Avalanche is actually the first of Lisa Williamson’s books I’ve read, so I had no idea what to expect from it or whether it would be my cup of tea. I turned to the first page with an open mind and was met with one of the most heartwarming and enlightening YA contemporaries I’ve ever come across.

Our narrator is Ro Snow, a brave, strong and inspiring character that carries a huge weight on her shoulders at such a young age. She is so incredibly lonel
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a wonderful book! I picked up my proof copy one morning and spent the entire day reading Paper Avalanche. I loved the story, the characters, and the conflict; I felt that I was really able to place myself in Ro's situation, understand her pain and frustration while reading. It's an amazing thing when a book can suck you in like that! The friendship that bloomed between Ro and Tanvi was beautifully (and hilariously) written, and the book was a real pleasure to read! Plus, as an ...more
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing, heartbreaking book. Ro's pain and frustration are palpable, and while it makes her unlikeable in spots it never makes her less than understandable. I have no idea how she dealt with things for as long as she did. She's a hero in my eyes.

I'll be recommending this to everyone I can and putting Lisa Williamson on my must read list. Fantastic.
Jean Kirby
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great read from Lisa Williamson. This shows the tentative friendships that develop between 2 girls and a boy who each have problems (cancer, parental problems) and are wary of being noticed or making friends.
It is a good read, picking up pace as it goes along. You really want to know how it ends.
I enjoyed this and recommend it to anyone who likes relationship books.
Lisa Naylor
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Some secrets can't be buried forever"
Ro Snow has rules in her life- no friends, no parties and definitely no visitors! How can Ro possibly explain that she takes care of her mother - "Bonnie, never mum or mummy or mother, Bonnie" -, how could she possible explain the precarious piles of Bonnies accumulated possessions which fill every nook and cranny of her house? And then she meets Tanvi and her carefully constructed life is about to come crashing down....I just loved this. It's funny, moving,
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Polished it off in two days!
Rosanna Threakall
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read in one sitting. Loved the character of Rosie. A complex and interesting read.
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Lisa was born in Nottingham in 1980. She spent most of her childhood drawing, daydreaming and making up stories in her head (but never getting round to writing them down). As a teenager she was bitten by the acting bug and at 19 moved to London to study drama at university.

Following graduation, Lisa adopted the stage name of Lisa Cassidy and spent several happy and chaotic years occasionally gett