Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts


17-year-old Zac is in isolation when he hears the familiar patter of nurse Nina going through the routine of the hospital ward with the newest patient. Mia, who is placed in room 2 right next to Zac, is the latest addition to the cancer ward. Zac has undergone bone marrow transplant and can’t leave his room but is curious about the angry young woman in the room behind him. They communicate through notes, tapping on the wall and via Facebook. Mia is very angry at the hand life dealt her and lashes out at everyone and lies about her illness to her friends. She has localised bone cancer in her leg and while Zac tells her she is the luckiest of them all on the ward, as her cancer is 90% survivable, she doesn’t feel lucky. She spends a lot of her time running away and eventually she runs to Zac, whether by choice or subconsciously she ends up on his doorstep. They embark on a friendship that is rather one sided to begin with and over time grows in mutuality.

I really liked the first part of this book along with the last 10%, everything in between is…. Meh.

I do like Zac’s character, he is a bit more rounded of the two not by much, but he is more enjoyable. He quotes stats and while he knows he has a 55% chance of remission he knows that odds have a way of coming back to bite you, and Zac is all about odds and stats.

Mia on the other hand, I just didn’t like her at all. I know that she is angry and lashes out but she is not only mean to Zac, who is nothing but nice to her and God only knows why, but to those around her. She does eventually see the light of her actions but for me it was too little to late. The characters have their moments but not enough to make you really care about them. They just fell flat, they brought out no emotions for me, nothing at all.

I had high hopes for this book when I read the blurb and the sample of it but it just didn’t deliver for me.

2 and ½ stars



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