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Finding Mia by [Burke, Rachel K.]
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Length: 234 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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About the Author

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. For more information on Rachel and her upcoming fiction, please visit www.rachelkburke.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 446 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 8, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006V6ZSEK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,121 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
Finding Mia is an emotional read. It tackles about life, hope and dealing with family problems. This story talks about serious issues about life and families.

The first chapter of the book grabbed my attention. It was an easy step to get into the story. Though on my part I can't relate to Mia's situation still the very idea made me curious and made me read the book in just one sitting. I have never dealt with someone who has bipolar disorder or any other illness so the idea kind of interest me. I was curious as to what extent Mia will manage to deal her hardship in life.

I never thought of Mia's stepmother as a person who is loving and caring. Well it seems to me that my mindset of a stepmother is only limited to a person who is wicked. I guess that only applies on fairy tales? :)

The characters were well-developed. It was a good thing how the author decided to write an alternating POVs from Mia to her mother to her father and to her stepmother. In that way, the reader can gasp the perceptions of other parties aside from the main protagonist.

I would like to share to you guys my favorite quote in the book which inspired me a lot.

"What I've learned is that any obstacle we are given is a gift, to allow us the chance to grow stronger and to shape the people we are today, as we are nothing without our experiences, and our experiences are nothing if we don't learn from them." - Mia Marchette, Finding Mia.

I love authors who write in-depth notions about hurt, loss and life itself. Rachel Burke didn't disappoint at all. I guess the list of my favorite authors has just increased :)

Overall Finding Mia was a wonderful read brimmed with emotions. It was fast-paced, there are no dull moments and the ending was satisfying enough to make a reader wants to read more of Burke's literary works.
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First thoughts
First that blurb pulled me right in. Just from reading it, I knew that I would enjoy it! What I didn't know was that I would love it!!

My thoughts
Finding Mia is a story about a sixteen year old girl named Mia, whom is living with her mother who is bipolar. She has always had to take care of herself. Her father ran off when she was six, and since then she lives for the day when her mother has good days. Even though her life it's perfect it was the only one she knew, so she learned to deal with it, and to take every day as it was. One day she comes home from school to find her mother unconscious after a failed suicide attempt. After calling the police and getting her mother to the hospital she is immediately told that she is to be reunited with her estranged father, whom has started a new life, because her mother will be hospitalized. Now Mia must become accustomed to this new life, while also dealing with the normal teenage problems.

The characters: First you have Mia and you will love her instantly. She is so strong. She had to grow up so fast. She had an absent father, and a sick mother. Through her journal entries you can try to grasp all that she had to go through, but you really can't imagine how she was able to do all of this and still remain sane. I think she is the first main character that I've read in a while that I loved everything about their personality.

Keith (mia's father) was a character that kind of had me in emotional tug-a-war. Sometimes I wanted to hug him because it can't be hard to watch the person you love, turn into someone else. But then I'm like he abandoned his hid. Luckily he grew on me.

Suzanne (mia's step mother) was perfect to me. I loved her character. She was everything a teenager needs.
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Having a family member who suffered from Bipolar Disorder, I was a bit undecided at first as to whether I wanted to read Finding Mia. I worried about the angle that the storyline would take and if it would hit too close to home for me. But in the end I decided to go with it and reasoned that if the story was too hard to read I could pull up stumps and call it a day. But this was so much more than a story about a person with Bipolar. While the constant of the Bipolar is there, Finding Mia focused much more on the impact that the illness has on the family.

Mia Marchette has had to grow up fast. Without a father, because he left when Mia was little and a mother who because of her illness struggles to function in a normal capacity on a daily basis. Arriving home from school one afternoon, Mia finds her mother unconscious after an overdose. Her mother is placed in a facility to get help for her illness and Mia is told that she will be going to live with her father Keith. A father that she has had no contact with and who she finds has created a whole new life for himself which includes a new wife Suzanne and a daughter.

Mia is filed with so many different emotions as she struggles to come to terms with the changes in her life and the impact that those changes are having. She has always wanted a normal family life with rules and expectations, but when she finally has them she completely rebels against them.

I can't say that I was immediately in love with the characters. At first I struggled with why Keith had left his family. Unless you have lived with someone who has a mental illness it's very hard to understand how truly difficult it can be, so it was more why he left Mia and had no contact with her.
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