Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts

It's summer and I am quite adamant at first in reading another 'Cancer' story. I won't risk myself crying about how tragic sick couples end and will leave me uncomfortably sad. Because last time I read one, I didn't know why almost all of the people loved it and me, somehow got irritated.


GR synopsis:

The last person Zac expects in the room next door is a girl like Mia, angry and feisty with questionable taste in music. In the real world, he wouldn’t—couldn’t—be friends with her. In hospital different rules apply, and what begins as a knock on the wall leads to a note—then a friendship neither of them sees coming.

You need courage to be in hospital; different courage to be back in the real world. In one of these worlds Zac needs Mia. And in the other Mia needs Zac. Or maybe they both need each other, always.



It's a light read for a story of two people with Cancer relapses. It was written in both Zac and Mia's point of views. They started with a meeting in the hospital: a repeated Lady Gaga song and some taps in the wall as a communication.

You might say it is similar to The Fault in our stars with both pairs having illnesses and some nostalgic scenes, but if ever you read this first.. I think you might see its charm as well.

The differences between the two is quite my idea in this post's first paragraph above. I read TFIOS first and while it gave me such uneasy emotional tragic experience, this book made me feel somewhat sighing happily and in the state of lightness.

It maybe because of its raw and light take of narration. The characters were so real and human and faulty. 

I liked the way it end.(and it somehow erases this book's  lack of romantic cheesiness-which is totally fine for me, btw.)


Perhaps courage is simply this: spur-of-the-moment acts when your head screams don’t but your body does it anyway.



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