ALL ABOUT MIA – Review by Darcy, JCoSS

miaIt takes a lot for a book to be one of my favourites and All About Mia is (by far) one of the most amazing books I have possibly ever read! I spent every possible minute reading a few pages or more at a time, and in less than a week I was already finished!

From my perspective, it is a very unique book as we explore the dramatic teenage reality for young Mia Richardson. Mia is the crazy, overly wild mess in the middle, surrounded by two incredibly successful siblings; Audrey, the up-and-coming Olympic swimmer, and Grace, the straight-A student applying for Cambridge University. But what Mia doesn’t know is that Grace is a hiding a secret, a BIG secret. When this secret is revealed Mia expects her goody two shoes sister to finally get into trouble, but instead the only trouble that takes place is none other than that relating to Mia. The book explores the consequences of drinking, clubbing and sexual themes. All of these problems add up to reveal who Mia truly is: a kind-hearted, responsible girl ready to face her life ahead.

This book shows the importance of family and friends and how they can support you along the way, especially in hard times. I definitely recommend you read this book as it can reflect on your own life.

 

 

 

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WING JONES – Review by Natalia, Queen Elizabeth’s School for Girls

wingThis book is about a girl called Wing. She is half Chinese and half Ghanaian.  She has a brother who is the main star of the family, winning each football match. Everyone loves him. Unfortunately things go terribly wrong and the unfortunate events have a massive impact on Wing’s whole family.

Wing then decides to take up running to forget about the horrible things happening to her. But instead of fitting in like she hoped to, Wing realises she has the power to save her family.

I liked this book because it was different from all the other books that I normally read, as the main characters are not normally mixed-race. This makes it unique.  It was also a very interesting read and I couldn’t put it down because you feel a bond with the character as you read the book.

WING JONES – Review by Eleanor, Wren Academy

wingWing Jones is about a girl called Wing. When things take a turn for the worst Wing finds herself through running. Wing Jones is just an ordinary 16 year old but when her brother is in a car crash after drink driving she finds herself drawn to her lioness and this is where Wing finds her passion for running.

As the pain of her brother being in a deep coma starts to become more bearable Wing starts to think about what she wants in life even though she is still running for her brother to wake up – but will he?

I really like Wing Jones because it shows that if you keep believing in something you can do anything and when things in life take a big toll on your whole family finding a release can help you move on from the problem.

I would give this book 4 and a half stars because I love the way that the writer has presented Wing Jones as showing determination to help herself and her family learn to live with life even when they know there are going to be difficult times ahead.

ALL ABOUT MIA – Review by Gilda, JCoSS

miaAll About Mia is an outstanding book, full of humour and dramatic scenes.

Mia is an outspoken teenage girl full of fire and feistiness who loves to do whatever she wants.

 Mia has a complete parallel life to her two sisters.

Mia and her sisters are at completely different stages; Audrey is a young teenager, Mia is reaching her late teenage years and 19 year-old Grace has finished school and gone away on a trip to study archaeology.

Mia is the middle child, and feels ignored and less significant than her sisters. She believes that no one understands her and that she is always the last to know about things.

Soon Mia realises that she’s not the only one. When her older sister Grace arrives home early after months away a problem has arisen, some news that will make an impression on her whole family and change a lot of things.

This entire situation could change Mia’s perspective on many ideas.

 Her younger sister Audrey is a champion swimmer and, as the youngest, is not noticed for who she truly is, besides for her swimming.

Her parents love her swimming and want her to carry on.

 Out of nowhere something occurs with Audrey and it’s up to Grace and Mia to sort things out. This shows that you never know what may stand in your way.

 I really enjoyed this book as it showed how everyone has his or her own personality, and sibling rivalry shouldn’t change a thing. This book is preferably for older readers as the many different kinds of scenes.may be harder for younger readers to understand.

 

ALL ABOUT MIA – Review by Siddhant, Queen Elizabeth’s School

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A great tragedy of a girl who does not fit in and is a sole normal being in her family. Described as a mess, and as the cover shows, she is everywhere, and scatterbrained which quickly changes as she receives her chance at redemption…or at least seeing her oh-so-perfect sister get in trouble. Great to explore the lives of others, and how they can feel when brother or sister to Mr or Mrs perfect.

WING JONES – Review by Alexandra, Wren Academy

wingWing Jones is a very realistic book set in the present in Georgia, America. Wing’s family is very poor and she lives with her two grandmas: one from China and one from Ghana, her mum and her older brother: Marcus. When Marcus is involved in a terrible car crash, he is left in a coma for months, making Wing’s family even poorer by paying for the medical treatments. The same night, Wing finds an extraordinary talent that can set her free from the pain of Marcus’ accident: running. She runs every night after that, without anyone knowing and a few weeks later when a girl from the running team notices her, she is put onto the running team and is doing very well; she is the best there! She enters a race where the winner is the face of a popular trainer company, which comes with lots of money. However, to train for this, she must stay away from her boyfriend for fear of him distracting her. Wing goes through all the challenges facing her because she knows who she is doing it for and that it is the right thing to do.

Wing Jones is about getting through problems and tough times as she went through her dad’s death and not knowing if her brother would make it. It is filled with heart-warming metaphors and brilliant description and I fell in love with her determination to do what she knows is right, no matter the cost.

I really enjoyed Wing Jones because it was exciting and enjoyable to read and also because it affected my daily life in a way that gave me hope and happiness. I would encourage others to read this book because it is beautifully written and would inspire them to think that nothing is impossible as Wing went from being bullied to one of the most famous person in her area.

 

ALL ABOUT MIA – Review by Eleanor, Wren Academy

miaAll About Mia is about three sisters, Grace, Audrey and Mia – the mess in the middle. As Grace and Audrey have all their achievements, Mia struggles to find her thing that she loves most.

When her sister Grace gets back early from Greece with an unknown boyfriend, it soon becomes clear that a lot of things have changed since Grace was last home, and maybe not for the better! As the whole family gets ready for the unexpected guest, Mia doesn’t understand how everyone is OK with Grace’s shocking news.  As Mia tries to make it “all about Mia” things start to go wrong: trouble with men, cheating on her best friend and getting incredibly drunk.

I really liked All About Mia because it talks about a girl who goes from being a bit selfish to doing something truly incredible.  The writer hasn’t made Mia a role model at the start she just likes to have a good party and go out with her mates.  She is based on an average sixteen year-old who is still not mature which made it interesting because you didn’t know what was going to happen next.  By the end you see Mia mature and understand that extreme circumstances can bring out her true strength.  Mia sees that there is more to life than a party!