The mature, concerned voice of Anne Twomey and the girlish, occasionally petulant voice of Terra Deva take turns telling the brutal mother-daughter story of Claire and Mia Fontaine in this memoir of recovery, Come Back.
Mia was a straight-A student at a Los Angeles prep school when she (almost) inexplicably fell into a world of hard drugs and bad influences, quickly dropping out of school and moving to rural Indiana to shoot up in the back of a van with a boyfriend. Her mother, Claire, went into action, hunting her daughter down and eventually placing her in a European Academy for troubled kids. The dual voices in this audiobook distinguish it from other narratives in the recovery genre.
How does an honor student at one of Los Angeles's finest prep schools - a bright, beautiful girl from a loving home - trade school uniforms and afternoons at the beach for shooting up in the back of a van in rural Indiana? How does her devoted mother emerge from the shock of finding that her daughter has not only disappeared but had been living a secret life for more than a year?
Mother and daughter tell their parallel stories in mesmerizing first-person accounts. Claire Fontaine's story is a parent's worst nightmare, a cautionary tale chronicling her daughter Mia's drug-fueled manipulation of everyone around her as she sought refuge in the seedy underworld of criminals and heroin addicts, the painful childhood secrets that led up to it, and the healing that followed. Her search for Mia was brutal for both mother and daughter, a dizzying series of dead ends, incredible coincidences and, at times, miracles.
Ultimately, Mia was forced into harsh-but-loving boot camp schools on two continents while Claire entered a painful but life-changing program of her own. Mia's story includes the jarring culture shock of the extreme and controversial behavior modification school she was in for nearly two years, which helped her overcome depression and self-hatred to emerge a powerful young woman with self-esteem and courage.
An unforgettable story of love and transformation, Come Back is a heart-wrenching and humorous portrayal of the primal bond between mother and daughter that will resonate with women everywhere.
©2006 Claire & Mia Fontaine; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers
Of all of the books that have come out about teens in trouble, this is my favorite. Comeback is about a journey that many of us, as parents, have been on. This book assured me that I was not alone in my struggles with my teen and I have purchased several copies since its release to give to other parents who are struggling as well.
This was not exactly what I was expecting but it actually made me think of life on a much deeper level. I thought it was going to a lot about the double life Mia lived but it was mainly about the recovery process. I will also say that at the beginning I was just angry with her mom, Claire, bc it seemed to me that she should have known and seen all this beforehand and it annoyed me with her. as the book went on I grew to be more understanding and have grown a better sense of empathy since finishing this book. The narrators do a good job as well, it was overall a very good read and lesson on being so quick to judge others who may be on the same destructive path as Mia took.
I might consider another book from the Fontaines. This story definitely had its ups and downs... I just found the naivete of the mother to be so annoying that it was often very hard to sympathize with her plight at all! This is not really a book for people who have "been around the block" shall we say.
I liked Mia's relationship with her therapist towards the end of the story, as well as some of her time spent away at the school.
The narrator of the mother was cloying and insipid. I found her extremely 'voice over' type sound really difficult to listen to, especially in this type of story. It would have been significantly better to hear this from Claire and Mia themselves,
uggh. It was already like a made for tv movie.
i found it reprehensible that they did not bother to mention what the stepfather was doing at the end of the story!!!!! (when they gave up-dates about all the relevant people's lives.)
"Moving True Story"
This is a moving and surprisingly uplifting true story written (though not narrated) by a mother and her now adult daughter, detailing the harrowing events of her troubled childhood and teenage years.
I'm not normally one to read stories charting harrowing abuse, however the difference with this story is it focusses more on the love of a parent overcoming all, and is positive and uplifting overall. Narrated well despite not being by the authors.
"Take a deep breath and allow yourself to fall..."
I am not sure that one ''likes'' this type of book. It is raw, powerful, painful; an invitation into the places that are usually hidden from sight. This is also what makes this an exceptional story and one that I am grateful to have read.
The reader is invited to stand across 2 generations; witnessing the inner workings and growth of each. Mother and child are lain bare for us to greet them from those places within ourselves.
In retrospect I should have read this book on kindle and will be doing so. The narrators were great, but somehow there is a sense that by reading the words one can pause when needed; it will give time to reflect, integrate, weep.
A mother and daughter's stumble, to hell and back...
Gratitude to the authors... thank you for being prepared to make yourself so vulnerable that you invite us to do the same. The only way to grow...
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