Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Teen Tuesday: Zac & Mia by A. J. Betts

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The last person Zac expects to meet in the hospital room next to his is a girl like Mia - beautiful, angry, feisty, with questionable taste in music.  In the real world, he could never be friends with a girl like her.  But when a knock on the wall leads to a note, it turns into a friendship that surprises them both.  Told in alternating perspectives, Zac & Mia is the tough and tender story of two ordinary teenagers enduring extraordinary circumstances. 

My thoughts:  This is a book about teens with cancer, and wait:  I don't want you to compare it to The Fault in Our Stars, because it's different and better.  I really liked TFIOS, but Zac & Mia feels REAL to me.  Real characters, real problems, real families, real dreams.  I love all of Zac's statistics and quirky facts, and he's had a lot of time to think about them when he's in isolation due to a bone marrow transplant for his leukemia.  Zac also has a sense of humor - take this quote:  "Leukemia twice, German marrow, and now a born-again redhead.  That's bloody unfair!"  Zac has a supportive family to help him through this - Mia does not.  I must say I enjoyed Zac's point of view over Mia's, but she did develop into a more compassionate character in the end.  How will their friendship help both of them cope with the unfairness of this disease?  Read and find out!

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