Review of FINDING CHIKA by Mitch Albom

This is an absolutely heart-wrenching book about a husband and wife who find a child in Haiti after the hurricane and are determined to help her beat her medical prognosis. Chika Jeune is only three with the author finds her in the orphanage in Haiti and brings her to the U.S. so that she can be tested for a rare form of childhood cancer that is always fatal, usually in only a few months after the diagnosis. In this process, Chika comes to live with Mitch and Janine and the result is the memoir in her name. What a touching book! I always have the tissues handy when I read a Mitch Albom book, but this one was particularly heart rending because of how young and innocent Chika was. She maintained a courageous attitude throughout her ordeal, being much braver than many around her. From the hospitals in their native Michigan to one in Germany, Mitch and Janine pursue whatever they can in order to prolong Chika’s life and help to find a cure. The story is told with the realism that can only come from someone who has lived through this kind of experience and come out the other side a changed person. I know that reading this story touched me tremendously. I highly recommend it to fans of Albom’s books and for anyone who just wants to read a good book that will make you laugh, cry and everything in between as a couple without any children discovers the joy and heartbreak of raising a seriously ill child.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I checked this book out from my local library on the Overdrive App. I was not required to write a positive review.

My rating is based on entertainment value and on the fact that the book is a completely clean read!

The subtitle tells you all about the book. Available now at all of your local booksellers.

Note to my readers: Sorry I can’t leave links for purchase, but my data on my satellite is super low, so I barely got this post done!

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