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Paper Avalanche

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  460 ratings  ·  66 reviews
'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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Éimhear (A Little Haze)
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
Bookphenomena (Micky)
If you know me, you know that YA contemporary is a bit of a sweet spot but none more than those set in the UK. I find it so identifiable, the language, the nuances, the culture. Sarcasm abounds, no-one is ‘awesome’ and life is generally a bit grittier than we see in the average YA set in the US.

PAPER AVALANCHE was all those things from the first few pages, utterly engaging and heartachingly provoking. The protagonist, Ro was 14 years old, so in some ways, this was a young YA; but it wasn’t. Ro w
This took me pleasantly by surprise! I have loved Lisa's previous works and expected to enjoy this one too, but because I didn't know too much about it I didn't anticipate to love it as much as I did.

This review does have some spoilers here and there; larger ones are marked, but some slight ones may still be present.

This story is essentially about a teenage girl attempting to navigate the dreaded teenage years whilst putting up with a father who prefers his step-daughter, a mother who hoards p
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
This is really engaging and ultimately uplifting.

Will be a really easy sell to young people in my library.

Loved it.
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uk-authors
3.5 Stars

Paper Avalanche is a highly engaging YA contemporary read with likable characters. As with Lisa Williamson's previous title I was halfway through the book before I even realised. It's always nice to be that lost in a story that you don't notice the time passing as you read.

Ro is the main character, and her story dominates the book (as it should). Yet for me I loved Tanvi best. While Tanvi's overzealous optimism seems over the top at times her behaviour makes sense to me. I could relate
Eva Karalius
Jun 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
I read this book in one sitting on a sick day, and really enjoyed it. While the main characters were very believable and I related deeply to the mc, some of the plot was unbelievable and far fetched. Overall a nice comfort read, likely to reread and definitely recommend as a nice easy 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
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.
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really quite brilliant. I want a film adaptation of this story to be made, immediately.

Full review to come at
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Polished it off in two days!
Shane Reid
Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Although it took me two+ weeks to get into this book, that by no means reflected on the quality of the content. I fell into a reading slump with contemporary after reading so many high-stakes fantasy. So it took me a long time to read the first 100 pages but then I flew through the next 268 in one sitting, until 4am.

PAPER AVALANCHE is a beautifully quiet book with a tornado of anger waiting to spiral out of control, held exhaustingly in check every day by Ro Snow, a 14 y/o girl who lives with Bo
Katie Rushworth
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another Lisa Williamson book finished in a day. Amazing, i couldn't put it down ...more
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I had been interested to read one of Lisa Williamson's novels a long time before but when I was asked to join the Blog Avalanche I was super excited as this one seemed super interesting to me. I was completely in love with the story and fully related to the character's journeys especially Ro's.

I have to admit that I had no idea what the story was when I first started it but when I read that it was about hoarding and the daughter's reaction to this I was definitely interested in this as
Virginie (chouettblog)
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 ou
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
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Another amazing Lisa Williamson book 😍😍
Amazing story. Brilliantly written. Amazing characters, so well developed
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Paper Avalanche is a good and interesting story and although I thought it was going to be a horror/thriller (because of the blurb) it did not disappoint. The only problem was that there were many (at least 10) mistakes in the books; from words spelt wrong to words being missed out, which considering that in the acknowledgements, Williamson says that the editor has almost forensic attention to detail, is quite surprising. It is unprofessional, especially since I’m sure many people checked this bo ...more
Rosanna Threakall
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read in one sitting. Loved the character of Rosie. A complex and interesting read.
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read & reviewed for The Bookbag
Eleanor Lees
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Was delighted to be given a proof copy and read OT in three days what a awesome book a amazing tale of hoarders, talent and friendship I saw this about every book but this was actually a favorite
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So many feels
I’m always looking for YA that tackles topics I don’t often see in fiction, so Paper Avalanche immediately called out to me. Ro Snow wants to be invisible to the world, resigning herself to the fact that she can’t have a normal life. She won’t allow anyone to get close to her for fear they’ll discover the truth about her mum and the home they live in. Bonnie is a compulsive hoarder, and Ro does everything she can to keep social services off their back. But then she meets Tanvi, and her w
Eve beinguniquebooks
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this book we meet Ro Snow a girl who's grown up too soon having to look after Bonnie her mum who's a singer and a hoarder. Her dad has a new family who come first and Ro feels pushed out and alone, but used to it.

So when Noah moves next door she finds a friend despite him going away to boarding school and harbouring a secret about his own family after his dad's actions before their move...

Meanwhile at school Tanvi an old student who fought cancer rejoins and befriends Ro persistently pesterin
Fiona Mackie
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ro is a loner, flying under everyone’s radar and just trying to get through school, because her home life is more than chaotic. Her mother, Bonnie, is a singer and makes just enough for them to scrap by. But Bonnie is a hoarder, spending money on multiples of soy sauce, tins, greeting cards and paper goods. Her father is loved up with his new family, and his step daughter has replaced Ro in his life. Ro’s trying to keep everything going - a part time job to pay bills, tracking finances, cooking ...more
Amy (Golden Books Girl)
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of Ro Snow, whose mum is a hoarder, and how her life is changed by her new friendship with a very persistent girl called Tanvi Shah and a newfound talent. I absolutely loved Ro as a main character, and I was so worried about her that it was genuinely difficult to put this down from the very beginning. I also loved Tanvi (who is just the loveliest and such a good friend!), Noah and Mr Millford; both for their individual traits and how much of a positive impact they have on Ro an ...more
Amy Fogg
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was such an incredible book.

I have never read a book that discussed hoarding before and I felt this book really opened my eyes to the topic. It was informative without feeling as though I was just being told, and it was also really emotional to read about how someone’s hoarding affects family members. There were so many things that I wouldn’t have even thought about but were a daily worry for our main character.

I loved Ro our main character, I felt like I really understand why she was so cl
Between The Pages Book Club (Gemma M)
I LOVED THIS BOOK. I loved Ros character. Ro is the main character and her mum is an extreme hoarder, all Ro wants is a normal life, a normal clean house and a good relationship with her mother. She doesn’t even call her mum, she calls her Bonnie which just shows what their relationship is like. Ro is the adult and Bonnie is the child. It is an eye opening read to what I suspect a lot of children have to live like even now.
No friends coming round. Wanting noone to know where you live. Scared Soc
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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

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