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Finding Mia

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  224 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Intelligent and fiercely independent, sixteen-year-old Mia Marchette has never had a childhood. After her father’s disappearance when she was six, she has alone borne the burden of her mother’s bipolar disorder.

When her mother is institutionalized after a failed suicide attempt, Mia is abruptly forced to live with the estranged father she has not known for ten years. She
229 pages
Published January 8th 2012
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Joy (joyous reads)
Nov 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review
I've always been an emotional reader. I hardly notice grammatical errors unless they're blatantly obvious. More often, I tend to criticize the characters more than the author's writing prowess. Finding Mia was a book where I got so involved with the characters' respective psyches that it may have affected my rating. On the other hand, I believe that good books are written to incite emotions so even if I didn't like how the characters acted, I think the author was successful in that respect.

Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Finding Mia

“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.

This book was ridiculously amazing! No, this is not an exaggeration or a joke. I can honestly say that I’ve only ever been this effected by a book once or twice, but Finding Mia was heart wrenching, beautiful, and
Crystal  Burns
Dec 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Finding Mia is an incredible story. If anyone has had to deal with someone who has Bipolar they know first hand that this is no easy task. I personally have to deal with someone very close to me who has this disease and that person suffers everyday because he can't be near his family unless he is supervised and his wife is divorcing him. This disease slowly kills the person's mind causing them to have mental breakdowns of an epic proportion. It is very scary for someone to watch the one they lov ...more
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received a review copy in exchange for my participation in the blog tour.

First off, I have to say that in all of the ways this book could have gone, it kept pleasantly surprising me when it didn't go the way others would have. But the near ending...I saw it happening, but didn't think it would.

Out of all the stories I've read about mothers who suffer from Bipolarism, Finding Mia is probably the only one who truly stayed it's course in what it's like for the family, not just the sufferer.

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Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After reading the synopsis, I assumed that the story would focus on Mia's struggles with her mother's mental illness. While that was definitely a part of the story, there was lot more to it. There was also the struggle to relate to her father and his new family after spending most of her life estranged from him. There was the struggle to find a place for her new stepmother in her life without feeling as if her own mother was being replaced. There was also the struggle to love and support her boy ...more
Just My Opinion
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
An emotional journey through both heartbreak and love.....

Finding Mia is a novel which will test your emotional stamina at every turn. Rachel K. Burke has created characters whose trauma and inner turmoil is almost palpable. This story was very well crafted and thought out so that every loose end is tied up and every question you have is answered with precision.

From the beginning, you will find yourself yearning for the life the main character has spent her short existence dreaming of; a life fu
Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Nina

I cannot remember exactly why I picked this book. I guess it looked cool and I had available dates on my journal and I thought that it would be a great book to finish this year's tours.

Starting the book, you feel a melancholic atmosphere. The way the author writes and expresses Mia's feelings and private thoughts in her journal. It doesn't take you long to enter the book, to become part of it and understand everything that is going on.

The author writes on the third person and wha
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love this's amazing!It's so emotional and felt like I could really understand Mia and what she was going through.I think the author did an amazing job putting all those emotions into words. It was like she knew what it means to have that life. I know what is like, at least about growing up without a mother and having someone you love committ suicide, and I thought she could put what I was feeling and going to into words. I cried so much but at the same time I am really glad I've read ...more
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I downloaded this on a day when the author offered it for free on amazon. I have to say that I would have payed full price to read this book. It is nice to see a book written about Bipolar and mental illness(I understand it is fiction although it was written very accurate). So often mental illness is shoved under the rug. The author writes beautifully and I cant wait to read more of her writing.
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Do you ever have that empty heart feeling when you finish a book that blew you away? Yeah, that's what I have right now. Absolutely wonderful. A great find that I highly enjoyed. ...more
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book i read by this author.

This story is a great coming of age book with the complications of dealing with a loved one that suffers from mental illness. Mias father an adult couldn't handle the challenge and walked out on them when she was a little girl forcing Mia to be an adult. Mia was never a child because caring for her mother left no room for going to the movies, malls or a friends house.
Then it just all crashes down. Mia is faced with a life changing series of events th
Laurel Kristick
An emotional read and very well written. I did feel the mental health professionals were putting too many expectations on 16-year-old Mia for watching her mother after they are reunited.
Neysa (Papier Revue)
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-owned

"Because if both of them are going to put their own feelings before anything else, then where does that leave me?"

This book had actually hooked me right from when I read the blurb, especially its last sentence, which was exactly why I decided to give it a try. And I'm really glad I did, since this book was amazing. Probably the best indie book I've ever read so far.

Finding Mia told us about Mia Marchette, sixteen-year-old teenage
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Finding Mia was an emotional and poetic 4 star read for me. It had a little bit of everything: love, loss, addiction, soul-searching, forgiveness...

Mia is a 16 year old girl that is wise beyond her years. She has spent most of her life taking care of herself and everyone around her. Her mother suffers from bipolar disorder and her father disappeared when he couldn't handle her mother's disorder anymore, leaving Mia to pick up the pieces at a mere 6 years old.

"While other kids would light up abou
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
For more of my reviews, check out my blog @ Moosubi Reviews!

Finding Mia is one of those books that just really connected with me, kind of on an emotional level. I have to admit that the writing style wasn’t absolutely fantastic - some of the transitions seemed kind of awkward, and some things could have been worded a bit better - but I found that Mia was great to relate to, in some aspects.

The teenagers in this book were, on a certain level, really easy to relate to. When Mia feels frustrated at
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved it!
I was browsing through my kindle books and I found this one. I don't remember downloading it so it must've been one of the free ebooks I randomly chose. I wasn't really sure what this book was about, curious, I opened it up just to read a few pages to see if its something I'd like... I read HALF the book in one sitting. I couldn't put it down, it's good. Really good.
Mia is a sixteen year old girl who lives with her mother. Her mother was adored deeply by Mia and Mia's father, but los
Tracey (Life and Literature)
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
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 ...more
Paige Bradish
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received Finding Mia from the publisher for my honest review on a book tour.

This book started off in a weird way. With Mia in class and then her and her friend Gretchen smoking in the bathroom. So that kind of confused me I wasn’t sure what to think of her as a character but by the end I knew who she was and what kind of person she was.

The story is about a girl named Mia who lives at home alone with her bipolar mother, and this is hard for her because she doesn’t really know how to deal with h
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I spend a lot of time railing on books for getting mental illness wrong -- for turning people who are ill into villains, or for misunderstanding what it means to live with depression or anxiety or bipolar disorder. It's a pet peeve of mine, both as someone who has an academic background in psychology and who has experienced mental illness firsthand. So I was a bit worried, picking up a book where the main character's mother's bipolar disorder is the c
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
1st let me say that this is my 1st book from Ms. Rachel K. Burke and she left me in tears with Mia story...Mia is a i6 years old girl, who father left when she was 6 years old with a mother who suffer from bipolar disorder...Mia story take you into emotional roller coaster ride..Ms.Burke not only touch the disorder of bipolar but also child neglect, absence of parental care , suicide or attempted suicide, drugs used and so on...This book was so full of sorrowful, pain but also finding love and ...more
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
I found this book on the free ebooks section of Goodreads. Unfortunately, I did not realize that the ebook was just a preview for it only contained three chapters.

I want to continue reading this book and I hope I could find a copy of this book, free or not, hardcover or paperback or ebook. It doesnt matter, I just really want to finish reading it.

From what I've read so far, it has a really interesting plot. The title was the one that caught my attention for I am on the verge of finding myself b
Molli Moran
I was pleasantly surprised when I started reading Finding Mia; it'd been awhile since I read the synopsis so I didn't go into this YA contemporary with any expectations, yet really enjoyed this heart-wrenching story of family and self-discovery. Mia was an incredibly strong heroine, who I clicked with - her individuality was really inspiring, and her fears when it comes to her new family are completely relevant and understandable. I found her very genuine and sympathetic, and warmed to this stor ...more
Nov 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books
When I saw that ATOMR was doing this book for tour, I knew I had to read it. Finding Mia follows a sixteen year old girl going through a pretty rough time. But you already know that from the description above.

You see, Mia’s mom is Bipolar. Bipolar is pretty serious stuff. I never really thought much of it until after a close friend of mine had her child. She was very depressed afterwards. It tore apart her marriage, and she’s still putting pieces of her life back together, but she’s in a better
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Finding Mia is quite the emotional read. I like to read books that talk about serious issues so when I saw this book I was instantly interested. And it didn't disappoint at all.

I liked that we got to see things in everyone's perspective. It was nice to see what was going through her father's mind, even his wife.

Mia has always taken care of herself. So when she has to move in with her dad and his new wife she's not looking for any kind of guidance or parental presence. I don't think she's ever r
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a beautifully written story of a teenage girl who had to face more in her 16 years than many of us face in a lifetime. The author did an excellent job of providing background and building the story. I was captivated! Mia is your typical teenage girl, looking to fit in and belong. However her circumstances prevent her from living the life of a teenager. When tragedy strikes, her whole world is shifted and that's when she begins to find herself. Her journey, is sad at times but in the end ...more
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Having been a high school teacher and having worked with bi-polar students, this was a novel whose characters I related to easily. Mia struggles to survive a situation in which she as a child is forced to be independent and to mother her own mom. As her mother sinks into depression and near-suicide, Mia is forced to move in with her father who chose to walk away from their home when Mia was just 6 years old. Now they come together and have a myriad of problems to overcome. Rachel Burke handles t ...more
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars! I devoured this book! When it ended I kept tapping to turn the page and was totally distraught that it was over. This book is tackles a lot of serious situations eloquently. Mia is such a unique character. I would love to read more about her. I really wish that this book had been longer. It's because of that and the distracting typos, that I couldn't rate it 5 stars. I'm so glad that I gave this book a chance. ...more
Diana Donnelly
Dec 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was about a young girl whose Dad left the family that included her mother who suffered from bi-polar disorder. Her mother's condition pretty much robbed the girl of her childhood. When the mother is institutionalized Mia moves in with her father and step mom. She has had no connection with him and his new wife knew nothing of Mia. Mia didn't even know she had a 3-year old baby sister. These details led to a tender story that was well told. ...more
Jan 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2013
The story itself was compelling and well-written. I liked how the author included enough of Mia's journal for readers to hear her thoughts. I wish it had been more closely edited. The Kindle version contained a few typos. ...more
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Rachel Burke is the author of three new adult novels, Sound Bites, Love Bites and Finding Mia.

In 2014, she created The Skinny Chick’s Cookbook, a health food blog that features all-natural recipes with 10 ingredients or less, which was published as a cookbook in 2017.

Rachel grew up in Boston, MA and now resides in Santa Monica, CA.

Her blog can be found at

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