I was so excited to be contacted by the publisher of Lisa Williamson’s newest YA book to read and review a copy and join in with their Blog Avalanche to celebrate the release!
This is the first Lisa Williamson book I’ve read, and I absolutely loved it. Without further ado, let’s get into the review…
Ro Snow has a secret. One that no one knows. It means that she can have no friends, no boyfriends, no one coming to her house at all. It’s a lonely way to life, but Ro knows that if it keeps her and her mum safe, it’s worth it. Until Tanvi comes along, the boy next door turns out to be kinda cute, and Ro’s voice won’t be silenced any longer.
Despite the fact I thought I wouldn’t enjoy this book because of the young age of the main character, I absolutely fell in love with it.
The story is about something that I happened to have watched a few documentaries about lately: hoarding.
Ro’s mum is a hoarder, and it’s tearing her apart. I think Ro being the mother figure to someone who she shouldn’t have to be is something that I really connect with a lot, and I found Ro’s story so incredibly powerful to read. This book really captures the terror of having the people around you discover a secret you’re trying to keep hidden.
Not only did this book write well about a disorder that many people are embarrassed to talk about, it also explored other parts of life that affect most people – cancer, religion, friendship, first romances.
There was just so much in this book that I really did feel sucked into Ro’s real life. It wasn’t like there was just one plot line playing out, and you felt like once that one finished another just picked up. All of these subplots inter-played together, weaving to create a picture of the early stages of teenage-hood. It was like being thrown back to when I was 14/15 years old, and had so much going on in my life.
Williamson’s writing style is completely encompassing. I kept getting confused when I had to put down the book to carry on with my daily jobs because it was just so gripping. I haven’t had anything like it in quite a while, and I definitely need to pick up her other books ASAP!
All in all, I absolutely adored this book. It’s one that I would’ve loved to have read years ago, and I hope that it helps and encourages children all over who might be dealing with issues similar to Ro, or perhaps have a friend who is. It’s a book that should be in every school library.
Source: copy sent from a publisher
Paper Avalanche will be released in January 2019.