Book Title: Come Back: A Mother and Daughter's Journey Through Hell and Back
Author: Claire & Mia Fontaine
# of pages: 311
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: B
Short description/summary of the book: (taken from amazon.com):A nightmarish saga of a teenage runaway in L.A. ends triumphantly thanks to love and support from her screenwriter mom and stepdad. At 15, Mia gets involved in a dangerous drug and Wicca scene, stunning her successful, controlling mother, Claire, and stepfather, Paul. But the signs were in place earlier, after Mia's history of being sexually abused by her biological father, a violent, vindictive drug user whom Claire left with difficulty. Sent to Indiana to live with Claire's sister, Mia starts using cocaine heavily and even gets arrested. When the destructive behavior (including self-mutilation) accelerates, Claire and Paul send Mia to the unlikely Morava Academy, in the Czech Republic, a kind of Spartan military institution where 50 teens are rigorously monitored and reprogrammed. Meanwhile, back in L.A., the parents undergo an intensive group therapy called Discovery to learn to shed guilt for their daughter's behavior, and also forgive her. Oddly, Morava is soon shut down after allegations of staff abuse, but Mia goes through a brilliant turnaround at Spring Creek Lodge in Montana. Mia's desperate diary entries appear between Claire's lively, angry, sarcastic narrative, allowing mother and daughter to maintain a heart-wrenching, honest dialogue.
My Thoughts: I thought that this book was an unpleasant look at the heartache of drug addiction. I thought that Mia's honest portrayal of life on the streets and life at the rehab centers was very interesting. In fact I thought her dialogue was more interesting than her mother, Claire's. I thought that this was a pretty good read and I'd recommend it to people who have suffered from addictions and/or know someone that has suffered from them.
Books read this year: 32/50. I'm 64% done!!!
Next read(s): I do not know what book I am going to read yet.