Monday, December 8, 2014

Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts Book Review

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.
I didn't really pay attention to the synopsis for this book, otherwise I would have noticed it was a book about "sick" teens. I'm going to say "sick" so that I don't give away any detail not already given.

I didn't know it was "one" of those books and it almost stopped me from reading it. I'm not really one for sappy books, not because they're simply harder to read because of the tough subject matter, but because they're so darn sad. I have to be in the mood for that, if that's at all possible.

I said all of that to say, this book surprised me, in a good way. Even though it dealt with a difficult subject and sometimes angsty, saddened teens. It never really went there. It wasn't really sad. (Only a little) The author did a superb job at never allowing this story to be what it could have been, a sad story about sick teens, whose lives are ravished by sickness and despair. The author somehow managed to keep the story real all the while keeping it light, which had to have been a struggle.

I loved that the story never focused only on the surroundings, but on the emotions, and developing relationships. It allowed for the reader to not only grasp what was happening but not to be swallowed by the sadness that usually surrounds these kinds of stories.

Although I loved all of the characters, Zac was my favorite. He was strong, and witty. He kept the story going, and he was a pleasure to read. I adored him. Mia was a little harder to love but she worms her way into your heart just the same.

This a well written book, with an amazing connection on reality. It will dazzle readers with it's multidimensional characters, realistic plot and slow burning cutesy love/romance.

1 comment:

  1. Aw, sounds like a sweet book. I like that it's not really a sad story, but still deep enough to sting a bit. The cover is very pretty, too. Great review Jazmine! I'm adding this one to my list. :)