Author: Lisa Williamson Publisher: David Fickling Books Release Date: 2nd February 2017 Genre: YA, Contemporary Pages: 360 ––– 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. ––– I’m writing this review right now, fresh off the bat from finishing this utterly amazing book. I have waited so long for this book. Ever since I heard about it at Deptcon2 back in October, I knew I was in desperate need of it. I actually picked up a teaser at the book while I was there, and I have been bringing it into school since for when we get to read for 15 minutes each morning. I feel like I could quote the first 60 pages inside-out, and although I’d mainly brought it in because it was skinny and fit in my bag, it didn’t stop me from enjoying it any less!
Where, oh where, do I honestly start? This book made me laugh so much throughout it. At points it was just so funny that I had to tell someone about it.
Mia Campbell-Richardson is a middle child, and one stuck between two mega-talented sisters. She feels worthless compared to them, but that doesn’t stop her from enjoying her life with her three best friends. When her older sister Grace turns up on their family doorstep, back from Greece and heavily pregnant, Mia is delighted and thinks that Grace will finally get in the trouble that she’d always hoped she would. But quite the opposite happens, as her Mum and Dad are over the moon excited for the baby on the way.
There’s so much humour in this book, and it’s something I adore about Williamson’s style. I loved The Art of Being Normal and I certainly loved this! The characters were totally engaging, also, and I am literally obsessed with them all. Like Audrey was freaking adorable, Mia was a wreck but completely hilarious and Mikey and Kimmie were superb supporting characters.
Also, it’s one of those books where you’re crying when you read the last line. It doesn’t even have to be a sad ending or a really happy ending, because you’re just crying because it’s an ending. Full stop. The fact that it’s over and I’ll never experience Mia’s story for the first time ever is a really upsetting thought, so I’ll leave this review of this incredible book here.