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Paper Avalanche by Lisa Williamson

'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…


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 her home and enforced live style as a result of her mother's hoarding.

The thing that really hit home with this story was Ro's absolutely desperation about her living situation because as much as she tries there's little she can do to improve it because of mother's inability to accept that she needs help. She desperately wants someone to parent her and support her and finds herself just trying to pick up the pieces in an increasily hopeless situation which she can't see a way out of.

I loved her relationship with Tanvi which starts as one sided and develops over the course of the book because of Tanvi's sheer inability to take no for an answer.

All in all a perfect YA read. I thoroughly enjoyed it