Now in paperback, this novel by an award-winning author is the story of teenage Ro, whose mother is a singer of somewhat down-at-heel glamour — and a compulsive hoarder. Their crammed home makes Ro, who is determined to keep their circumstances secret for fear of the intervention of social services, distance herself from potential friends and boyfriends. Then along comes Tanvi, an effervescent cancer survivor who is determined they will be friends, and Ro’s life begins to change. This is a story with characters who catch you up and carry you through their trials and triumphs, as you watch Ro find her own special skill, and tire of taking responsibility for her mother. It ends with hope.
Tanvi, filled with a love of life that overflows on to the page, hurls herself into every activity available, and when she induces Ro to join the choir, Ro’s gorgeous voice is revealed — but Bonnie has a habit of scuppering every endeavour. Relatable characters and well-crafted dialogue make this a thoroughly engaging read.
Forget teenagers failing to keep their rooms tidy – in this brilliant, if occasionally pulverisng novel... There are some welcome lighter moments too despite an absent father who is no use at all and a mother who remains hopelessly immature and childish... No lazy stereotypes here! This is Lisa Williamson’s third novel, and like its predecessors scores highly for sheer readability. Compassionate and understanding, even where silly spoilt Bonnie is concerned, this is YA fiction at its most assured. I defy anyone not to be moved as well as richly entertained by this excellent novel.