A Mother and Daughter's Journey Through Hell and Back

Book - 2007 | 1st pbk. ed.
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How does an honor student at one of Los Angeles's finest prep schools-a nice girl from a happy, loving home-trade school uniforms and afternoons at the mall for speedballs in the back of a truck 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 felons 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.

Come Back is an unforgettable story of love and transformation that will resonate with mothers and daughters everywhere.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2007.
Edition: 1st pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780060859718
Branch Call Number: 306.8740874 F678
Characteristics: 311 p. ; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Fontaine, Mia
Alternative Title: Come back


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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Mar 11, 2018

The book is worth reading because of the sections written by Mia. Her telling of her drug addiction is honest and heartbreaking. She is resilient and introspective. The sections written by Claire are the opposite of that. It felt like I was reading a memoir by someone who still doesn't get it. Claire says she knew her husband would sexually abuse her daughter, but she wrongly assumed he wouldn't do it while Mia was young. It was hard to have any sympathy for Claire after reading that. A therapist told Claire that Mia's trauma would resurface as a teenager, yet Claire was still completely surprised when that exact thing happened. I wish the book had been written by Mia alone, so it didn't get bogged down by Claire's cluelessness.

Dec 15, 2013

Interesting idea, it coming from the mother and daughters perspectives. In some. It's its almost unbelievable, especially the daughters experience of boot camp. A good read with a hopeful ending.

Jan 16, 2013

I have to disagree with lenore. Having been through a drug rehab myself. I felt the truth come out through the book. I related to Mia on this level. As a mother I empathized the Claire. Theirs is a journey through Hell.

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