Friday, May 4

Review: All About Mia

All About Mia
Lisa Williamson

Published By: David Ficklin Books
Publication Date: Fabruary 2, 2017
Date Read: March 30, 2018
Genre: YA - Contemporary
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 360
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32615725-all-about-mia

From Goodreads:
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.

All About Mia is a book that has been on my shelf for what feels like forever... and after reading it I am kicking myself for not reading it sooner. I freaking adored this book! Everything about it was incredible. It's such a real and raw story of family relationships and it shows everything... the good, the bad and the ugly.

Mia is the middle child. She has always grown up with two perfect sisters and she sees herself as the disappointment. She doesn't have a 'thing'. Not like Grace's intelligence and Audrey's athletic ability. When suddenly Grace turns up with a shock announcement, Mia spirals even more out of control. But could this shock announcement be the thing that can bring the sisters back together?

Lisa Williamson was an author that I hadn't really heard of pre-YALC a few years ago. I heard her chatting about her debut novel, The Art of Being Normal, and I rushed out to get it. I loved that one just as I have loved this one. She is such a fantastic author and she really spins these incredibly raw and real stories in such a heartwarming and touching way. She is fast becoming one of my favourite authors and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.

I absolutely adored so many of the characters in All About Mia. Mia is such a perfectly flawed character and I loved that. In so many books there's always the main character who hardly does anything wrong so it was so refreshing to read from the perspective of someone who is spiralling out of control. I really felt for Mia and although I didn't agree with her actions, and was often thinking 'no, don't do that' I really couldn't put the book down as I needed to see how it would all turn out.

My one gripe about this book is Mia's parents. They irritated me so much. They have two 'perfect' daughters and they're always going on about their achievements so when Mia started spiralling out of control I was practically yelling at the book 'why can't you see she is craving your attention'. Honestly I completely understood her actions and I was completely blaming the parents. They did redeem themselves in the end but man they irritated me throughout this book.

All About Mia is a beautiful, heartwarming and touching story about family, sisterhood and friendship. I seriously loved it so much. It was just incredible. I could not put this book down and devoured it in less than a day. I absolutely cannot wait to see what Lisa Williamson comes up with next. I would recommend this book to anyone!


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