Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts
Published by Text Publishing
Review copy provided by NetGalley
From the publisher:
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 have very little to say about this book because, while I thought it was cute and I liked the characters okay, the thought that it felt like a copycat of The Fault In Our Stars wouldn’t stop nagging at me. While that’s annoying, because Zac and Mia is its own book with unique characteristics and merits of its own, it just kept being too close to the other novel I mentioned. And unfortunately, it was close in the way that it came in as an overwhelmingly clear second fiddle to that other book.
If you haven’t read the John Green novel I mentioned, then Zac and Mia might work better for you. If you have, I’d caution you to tamper your expectations of this one. That being said, these characters are different and likable and the story moves along smoothly. So I did like it. But … what I said about it being a copycat is what I can’t get over. So that’s about all I can say about this one.