chick-lit · Young adult

Paper Avalanche – Lisa Williamson ★★★★

Blurb; ‘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…

My Review; 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 Social Services will turn up. But in the end a disaster happens which may have been just the wake up call Bonnie needed. However, Ro soon finds herself a few unexpected friends and the relationship Ro had with Tanvi is amazing I loved them both. Stuck together. True best friends. Throughout all this Ro find herself stuck into singing, school and choir which may just be the escape she needs. Brilliant story. A positive ending.

Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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chick-lit · contemporary · Young adult

All About Mia – Lisa Williamson ★★★★

Blurb; One family, three sisters.
GRACE, the oldest: straight-A student.
AUDREY, the youngest: future Olympic swimming champion.
And MIA, the mess in the middle.

Mia is wild and daring, great with hair and selfies, and the undisputed leader of her friends – not attributes appreciated by her parents or teachers.
When Grace makes a shock announcement, Mia hopes that her now-not-so-perfect sister will get into the trouble she deserves.
But instead, it is Mia whose life spirals out of control – boozing, boys and bad behaviour – and she starts to realise that her attempts to make it All About Mia might put at risk the very things she loves the most.

My Review; I have found a new favourite author! This is the first book I have read by Lisa and I absolutely loved it and devoured it. I will definately be reading her previous book and new book which is soon to be published. Eee. Exciting.

This story will have you reminiscing on your own teenage years. Mia is the average teenager, we’ve all been there… Wanting to stand out, wanting to be popular, wanting attention, wanting the boys, showing off and the love for alcohol AKA underage drinking. We’d be lying if we say we haven’t done it.

I fell inlove with her character, she is the middle child to what she describes as two perfect sisters… She’s the odd one out or so she thinks. In parts I found her quite a selfish character and uncaring. However, in other parts she really shines through the loving and caring girl she can really be. Like most teenagers she thinks the world is against her when it’s not. She loves a drink but sometimes… actually most of the time she takes it too far. Will she change?

Towards the end of the story Mia starts to change and its a brilliant, unexpected, wonderful and heart warming ending for all! I loved it and I was proud of her character. Now I am still classed as a young adult (FOR NOW) and I bloody loved this story! I would highly recommend it to you all… Dive into Mia’s world. It isn’t dull. She gets upto all sorts of mischief. Brilliant. A well deserved four stars, well written and easy to read.

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