ALL ABOUT MIA – Review by Hannah, JCoSS

miaAll About Mia is the story of a teenager who feels small and worthless compared to her sisters. Being the middle child is never easy, and this novel clearly illustrates the problems they face.

With a big sister who gets A stars and A pluses all the way, and an Olympic-to-be swimming champion as a younger sister, Mia is pushed to the side and left out. She is stuck in the middle and left with the question of what her “thing” is. But bad decisions seem to follow her around, and no matter what she does it seems to end in disaster. When her older sister Grace arrives home and makes a massive shock announcement, Mia thinks Grace will now be in trouble instead of the usual suspect – her. However, it turns out that no matter what Grace does it is seen as ‘a miracle’, which makes Mia even more jealous and bitter towards both her sisters.

This book is a great read for 12-15 year olds because although the language may be simple, the context is more mature. Mid-teens might be able to relate to the book more, but everyone will be able to relate to the jealousy and hate we can feel for our siblings! All in all, I think this was a great book and I would recommend it to both boys and girls, although it might be more appealing to girls.

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

miaAll About Mia is a book about three sisters: Grace, who is the oldest, Audrey, the youngest, and Mia, stuck in the middle. Grace is the ‘perfect’ one, set for life, in Mia’s opinion, and the same with Audrey, the ‘future Olympic swimming champion.’ Hence it seems peculiar that the title of the book is ‘All About Mia,’ when it seems as though she doesn’t have a ‘thing’ like her sisters.

Not only this, but Mia seems to think it’s never about her, either, having described her ‘It’s All About Mia’ t-shirt as ‘ironic’. To her, it always seems as if Grace and Audrey are getting all the praise, and she’s the one who isn’t as highly looked upon by her parents. She thinks this might change when Grace returns home from Greece, pregnant. At first, her parents are disappointed in Grace, and Mia is happy thinking that her sister is in the trouble she deserves. But things cool down soon and it’s back to square one for Mia.

I find the sudden plot changes quite dramatic and engaging on the whole, which made me want to read this book more – such that I’d find myself reading it for hours without noticing. However, what I found most interesting was Audrey running away from home and what was in her note. I find it ironic that Audrey firstly thinks that nothing is about her – it’s all about Mia and Grace fighting; especially since Mia thinks it’s never about her, and secondly, I find it interesting that Audrey thought herself to be stuck in the ‘middle’ of her sisters’ arguments, when Mia is often referred to as being stuck in the middle.

Overall, I found this book extremely enthralling – I think Mia is my favourite character, because you never know what you’re going to get with her. Sometimes she’s helpful, such as in the end when she helped Grace but other times she can act despicable and not be a pleasant person to be with. I had high expectations of this book after reading ‘The Art of Being Normal,’ and to be honest, it fulfilled them.

Rating: 9/10

ALL ABOUT MIA – Review by Angel, JCoSS

miaMia is a middle child and she thinks that her parents hate her and that Grace, her older sister, is their favourite. Grace is coming home from school in Greece with a new boyfriend, but what Mia doesn’t know is that her older sister is pregnant. Mia gets excited when she finds out because she thinks that her parents will get angry at Grace and like Mia more, but when she realises that her parents don’t mind that her sister is pregnant, she feels disappointed and angry.

Mia decides to console herself by going out clubbing with her friend Kim. When they are at the club they start to chat to two older men who buy them drinks and they flirt with them. Mia gets very drunk and her sister’s boyfriend has to come and take her home. He agrees not to tell anyone about it. Grace finds out and gets a bit angry, although she doesn’t do anything about it.

I enjoyed reading this book because it was fascinating and interesting to teenagers, as the protagonist is a teenager. I especially liked the ending as it is quite exciting.

 

ALL ABOUT MIA – Review by Flavia, JCoSS

miaI can swear, I can joke,

It’s All About Mia,

If she drinks, if she smokes,

She goes out with Stella,

And you see her hanging out with Stella, Kimmie and Mikey,

Everybody their best friends, 

Cause she’s the mess in the middle.

 

She’s more than just a picture,

She’s a daughter and sister,

Sometimes it’s hard for her to show,

She’s got two sisters,

And one of them is Audrey,

one more, there is Grace.

 

Some days she’s broke,

Some days she’s rich,

Some days she’s nice,

Some days she can be a witch,

Some days she’s strong,

Most days she quits,

She don’t let it show,

But she’s been through problems.

 

I can swear, I can joke,

It’s All About Mia,

If she drinks, if she smokes,

She goes out with Stella,

And you see her hanging out with Stella, Kimmie and Mikey,

Everybody their best friends,

Cause she’s the mess in the middle.

 

She’s more than just a number,

She’s a hater and a lover,

Sometimes it’s hard for her to show,

That she’s more than just a title,

Or a comment going viral,

There’s more to her than people know.

 

Some days she’s broke,

Some days she’s rich,

Some days she’s nice,

Some days she can be a witch,

Some days she’s strong,

Most days she’s quits,

She don’t let it show,

But she’s been through problems.

 

I can swear, I can joke,

It’s All About Mia,

If she drinks, if she smokes,

She goes out with Stella,

And you see her hanging out with Stella, Kimmie and Mikey,

Everybody their best friends,

Cause she’s the mess in the middle.

 

These song lyrics are from Pretty Girl by Maggie Lindemann.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

ALL ABOUT MIA – Review by Carmel, JCoSS

miaThis is a book named All About Mia, but to Mia the title is her opposite idea,

This book made me laugh real hard which I’m sure it’ll make you do, Reminding me of my sister, stuck bang in the middle with two “perfect siblings” you would agree on that one too,

With her straight-A older sister Grace, And her young sis Audrey who has talent for swimming who everyone thinks should compete in an Olympic race,

Then there’s Mia THE DISAPPOINTMENT CHILD, with her need to get wasted and her fashion sense of which is very wild,

From what I’ve written I’m guessing you think Mia is a total disaster, but in fact she’s my favourite character who continues to make me burst out with laughter,

If you’re into a bit of comedy and teenage lifestyle too, then this is definitely the book for you,

Read this book if you can relate to middle Mia the odd one out , with everyone always talking about how great your siblings are and they are what everything is always about,

I rate this book a full 5-star, as I hardly wanted to put my book down, wanting to carry on and read real far,

I hope this has helped you decide whether you would like to read this book or not if you do I hope you like it, like it a lot.

 

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

mia
Grace, the oldest, broke all the test records at her school and is studying at Cambridge University. Audrey, the youngest, is a star swimmer set to be an Olympian in a few years. And Mia is in the middle. All Mia wants is for people to stop feeling like she’s a failure. And when Grace comes home with some surprising news Mia thinks she has her chance. But when Mia’s efforts to make it all about her put her and her family’s lives in danger, Mia must do all she can to make it all about Mia. This book is realistic and shocking. A perfect read for fans of Lisa Williamson’s first book.