Thursday, December 13, 2012


Coming 12/14/12
It's The Bookish Babe's stop on the Finding Mia Blog Tour! The tour is being hosted by the awesome ladies at AToMR Book Blog Tours, you can find the complete tour schedule here. My stop includes a review of Finding Mia and a tour giveaway.

Finding MiaSeries: Stand alone
Genre: Contemporary New Adult
Publisher: Rachel K. Brooks
Publication Date: 1/8/12
Format: ebook
Pages: 140
Source: Received from author for review.

Intelligent and fiercely independent, sixteen-year-old Mia Marchette has never had a childhood. After her father’s disappearance when she was six, she has alone borne the burden of her mother’s bipolar disorder.

When her mother is institutionalized after a failed suicide attempt, Mia is abruptly forced to live with the estranged father she has not known for ten years. She is shocked to discover that he has created a new, picture-perfect life for himself, and is now living with a stepmother and a half-sister Mia never knew she had. Together, Mia and her new family must face the bitterness, mistakes, and long-hidden secrets that threaten to destroy their precarious happiness.

Finding Mia follows Mia's journey as she searches to find the unanswered questions from her past, leading to her own self-discovery.

Ultimately, this is a story of confronting pain and finding freedom, of letting go and learning to search for love in unexpected places.

An intensely thoughtful and insightful story, Finding Mia is a story of one family's struggle with depression.

Finding Mia honestly wasn't what I anticipated. Based on the synopsis, I expected the story of a girl who struggles to come to terms with her mother's severe manic depression and with the father who abandoned them ten years prior. It definitely is that story, but that's only part of it. Finding Mia is told from the perspective of Mia, obviously, but also her mom, dad, and step-mother. So what we have here is a well-rounded story, told from all angles.

The fact that Finding Mia is told from the different perspectives is interesting, because no one person bears the entire brunt of the blame. It forces Mia to be a reliable narrator, and I appreciate that. But because we know what everyone is thinking, that made the story seem almost too...rational is the word I think I'm looking for. Barring a few actions on Mia's part, everyone seems to logical to be believable. But who am I to say? My entire family is made up of passionate arguers, intense debaters, and all-around loud mouths. So really, despite the heavy themes and difficult obstacles, the story was not very dramatic and forgiveness felt easy to come by.

I guess at the end, Finding Mia read to me as more of a guide on how to deal with mental health and drug abuse, than a novel. I did like it, though, and was left with many wise words to ponder.

Favorite Quote:

  For some, the word "family" is a relative term, but for me, it's always been measured in days. Most days she's unreachable, but when she finds her way back to the surface, it's like a poem you want to freeze, reread until the page blurs, bottle up and live in it forever. A smile that descends into the darkness, reappears when your not watching. Except that I'm always watching. Watching and waiting for the next small miracle. Sometimes I feel as if it's all I ever do.  (1%)

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Rachel was born and raised in Boston, MA. She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.
She graduated from Bridgewater University in 2011 with a B.A. in Communications and Media Studies.
Rachel's work has appeared in Prevention Magazine, Worcester Magazine and Starpulse News Entertainment.


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  1. This sounds good, but I don't know if it's something I would pick up with so many other books on my pile. I'm glad you enjoyed it even with it seeming more like a guide book. Great review babe!!

  2. Nice review! I thought about signing up for this tour, but wasn't sure if it would be something I would like. It sounds like it was pretty good. Thanks for sharing.

  3. My family is full of loud mouths and heavy debaters too! I like when a story is told from a few perspectives and you see all the events from everyone. I think I could like this!

  4. This sounds like a more intense read than I would normally look into. I've been on a contemporary kick lately though, so I think I may have to check this one out. Thanks for the review! :)

  5. This book sounds pretty intense but also really good!

  6. Oh this does sound like a deep and gritty book, I think I will definitely give it a go one day! Lovely review Andrea! :)

  7. I think books that deal with the issues this one does are important. I think I might like ghat everyone is rational because I'm so tired of people overracting in books. I might be wrong though. Great review! Its the first I had seen for this one.

  8. I had gone back and forth about participating in this one. I've been reading a lot of issues books lately though and I needed to cap it somewhere. Maybe I'll get to this one at some point. Nice review.

  9. Not sure if this book is my cup of tea. I enjoy books that switch perspective but not when it does so a lot. Glad you enjoyed!

  10. Wow! This book was already on my "want list" but your favorite quote?!? That is beautiful! I love lyrical prose like that. :) Definitely reading ASAP. Thanks for the chance to win!

  11. I love books that have to do with mental illnesses and family problems. Its also interesting that its told from different perspectives! Will have to check this book out! Great review!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

  12. the book looks really interesting. have added it to my TBR list

  13. Great review. Not sure if it's for me right now but I'm glad you liked it.



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