Zac & Mia by A. J. Betts
Release Date: September 2014
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Synopsis: Zac is seventeen and has leukemia. On Ward 7G most newbies are usually old. That is until Mia comes along. Mia is seventeen and has osteosarcoma in her lower leg. Zac does not think a knock on the wall will ever lead to a great friendship with Mia. Zac knows she is beautiful, feisty and that a girl like her would never care about a guy like him. But Zac is the one who makes her see how lucky she is, gives her hope and tries to be the friend she needs. Mia shows Zac that you only get one life, one chance, and that you should always fight no matter how much you want to give in.
“Does Mia need Zac? Does Zac need Mia? Maybe they both need ech other, always. Told in alternating perspectives over nine months, Zac and Mia follows the relationship of two ordinary teenagers enduring extraordinary circumstances, in this tough and tender young adult novel that’s a lot about love…and a little about cancer.” ~Book Jacket
My Opinion: I honestly thought this book was going to be a copy of The Fault in Our Stars, but it actually wasn’t. Comparing it to The Fault in Our Stars, I felt like this was more about the cancer and the feeling patients have about it. This book slowly builds up a great friendship which turns into love. I think what made me like the book so much is the hope the characters had. Throughout the book one character makes the other realize that they should and need to have hope and that they are lucky. When one character loses hope the other is there to remind them that they need to hope too, no matter what statics say and that they are lucky and loved. After reading this book, it has changed the way I look at things.
Overall: This was a good book and I recommend it to anyone who likes realistic fiction and romance.