Friday, 12 May 2017

Review: All About Mia by Lisa Williamson

All About Mia by Lisa Williamson
Published by David Fickling Books
Released 2nd February 2017
336 Pages
Hardback


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.


Thoughts

I was first introduced to Lisa Williamson when I read The Art of Being Normal back at the start of 2016. I remember devouring that book and absolutely loving it so was really excited to read more of Lisa's work. To my surprise I came across All About Mia in my local library and was instantly drawn to it - not just because Lisa was the author but also because of the vibrant, intriguing cover. Who was Mia? and why was it all about her? I needed to know all of this and more.

Mia is the middle sister in the Campbell-Richardson family. Inbetween older sister Grace - an academically high achiever who has secured a place at one of UK's top universities and younger sister Audrey - a competitive swimmer with an olympic sized future. Mia is stuck in the middle struggling to find "her thing" and feeling like a disappointment to the family. When Grace returns home from a gap year in Greece with an unexpected surprise Mia hopes that this will show the family that Grace isn't perfect. When this doesn't go to plan Mia heads down a path of self-destruction putting a risk the things she loves most.

I'll admit at first I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book. Yes, it was written by an author I love but I just wasn't too keen on the plot. Oh boy was I wrong. I adored it! Lisa's writing style is perfect for YA and this definitely shows in All About Mia. I think this book could teach valuable life lessons for teenagers especially if they are lost about what they want to do in the future. 

Grace's unexpected surprise was very predictable - I had a feeling I knew what it was going to be before I even got to that part in the book. However, Mia's reaction to it was what kicked the whole story off. Mia going on a path of self-destruction with booze, sexual encounters, falling out with friends and constantly lying was just a call for help. Mia was the black sheep of the family and I feel that she needed to go off the rails for her family to see how much hurt she was feeling. This happens in a lot of real life situations so I loved Lisa for bringing this to light. 

Mia's character development throughout the book was outstanding. I felt honoured to follow her on her journey of self discovery. As a character yes she was bitchy and catty but it was understandable. She was feeling invisible and that can bring out the worst in us. I felt sorry for her at times and for that reason I just couldn't dislike her. I wanted to give her hugs throughout the story. If only she was real! If I had to say anything negative about her character however, it would be that she cared a lot about looking 'sexy'. Nonetheless this is what can happen to young girls these days. At the end of the story you can really tell that she had grown as a person and there is a scene towards the end between Mia and her mum which is so heart-wrenching. 

The sisterly bond between Mia, Grace and Audrey is what predominately the book is about, in my opinion. It may not have seemed like it at times throughout the story what with Grace and Mia bickering and Audrey wanting them to just get along. Towards the end the sisters all share a tender moment which ultimately brings them together.

All About Mia was a beautiful, heartwrenching read about the struggles of growing up in the shadows and what lengths you will go to to get attention. Lisa Williamson has yet again shown that she is one to look out for in the world of YA fiction.

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Author Bio

Lisa was born in Nottingham in 1980. She spent most of her childhood drawing, daydreaming and making up stories in her head. 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. 


Lisa lives in Walthamstow, where she is lucky enough to split her time between writing and acting. In her spare time she reads a lot of books, continues to daydream and eats way too much ice cream. 



1 comment:

  1. What a book! Just reading your review sounds like my life! Did your author follow me around for my life? Man! I wonder if I could even read the book?

    I am putting this in my list to read ASAP! Thanks for the review of the book. Come to my site for the review when it gets there!

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