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!