Ro’s mum is a compulsive hoarder. . . so Ro has become an expert at hiding: from social services, from friends, from having any sort of normal life. Staying under the radar keeps her ‘real’ life secret and her mum, Bonnie, safe - and she dreads to think what would happen to Bonnie without her. Then Tanvi Shah turns up at school; full of life, and on a mission to make friends and Ro feels seen and heard for the first time ever. But if people can see Ro, they might see her secret too. . .
~I was sent a copy from the publishers - all opinions are my own~
I give it - 5/5
My review - Lisa has done it again. She is one of my favourite authors and when I got a copy of her new book I was so excited and this book did not disappoint.
In this book we follow Ro Snow. She is a loner. She doesn't want to be noticed at school so, she tries and stay invisible and small. She's okay with not having any friends until Tanvi Shah starts talking to her. Tanvi just wants to be friends with Ro and Ro starts to like it, her walls start coming down and she likes having a friend but, there is a reason why she isn't sociable and why this friendship is about to cause problems. Her mother Bonnie. Ro is embarrassed about her home life. She just wants her mother to be a parent instead of going to school and worrying about bills, her mother and just have a normal child experience.
I adore this story. Ro is adorable. This is a book that I don't want to talk too much about the plot as you need to just pick it up and read it asap when it is out. Lisa has written another fantastic book that kept me gripped from the beginning and I couldn't put it down until I finished it. It shows you the downside to a mother/daughter relationship and a friendship that is something you will all want. Tanvi is a great character and she won't ever take no for an answer. She gets Ro to open up and accept her friendship as that is what Tanvi wants. They have a great relationship and really liked reading about and watching it bloom throughout the book as Ro was dealing with her mother at home.
A fantastic story from Lisa. It is just magnificent. Ro is a fantastic character and you can see she just wants to do what she can do for her mother but realises that things shouldn't be this way and with a friend like Tanvi, being more social and even boys involved Ro's life is about to change but, things with her mother aren't going to be as straightforward.
One of the best books I've read in 2018 and I can't recommend it enough when it is out in 2019!
ABOUT LISA WILLIAMSON
‘I write the kind of stories I’d want to read – stories about people making mistakes and trying to find out where they fit in: stories that capture the uncertainty and excitement and sheer terror of doing stuff for the very first time: stories that make you feel seen’
Lisa Williamson Winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for The Art of Being Normal, the biggest selling YA debut of 2015, Lisa Williamson’s fresh, engaging and compassionate voice has seen her become one of the leading voices in Young Adult fiction, with sales of over 100,000 copies.
Lisa was born in Nottingham and spent most of her childhood drawing, daydreaming and making up stories in her head (but never getting around 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 getting paid to pretend to be other people. Between acting roles she worked as an office temp and started making up stories all over again, only this time she had a go at writing them down.
One such job was at the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) – a highly specialised clinic for young people presenting with difficulties around their gender identity. The stories Lisa heard inspired her to create a fictional teenage character exploring these issues in her debut novel, The Art of Being Normal. The Art of Being Normal and All About Mia will be published with a new cover design in January 2020, to coincide with the paperback release of Paper Avalanche. Lisa is also the author of Malala (Yousafzai – First Names) and was one of the seven authors for the collaborative YA novel, Floored. Lisa lives in London.