Zac & Mia (A.J. Betts)I am back on the rickety reading wagon, and it's trundling along slowly, and the path meanders all over the shop, but I am finally getting places!
Next stop? Zac & Mia by A.J. Betts. Let me start by saying that I did NOT know this was another YA cancer story. Should I really say "another"? I am obviously referring to The Fault in Our Stars which immediately springs to mind with thoughts of oxygen tubes and unrealistic teen dialogue (don't get me started on that novel!). I found Zac & Mia to be, I dunno, a bit more down to earth than The Fault in Our Stars. That novel had me eye-rolling frequently throughout the first few chapters. I only read the first few chapters.
But enough. I digress.
So, Zac & Mia. Engaging story, nice use of statistics; as a Librarian I always approve of the use of well researched facts throughout a narrative. Both Zac & Mia are likeable, engaging characters, it doesn't get overly soppy or sentimental. It's just a good, interesting story. And OK you can see some of the plot progressions coming a mile off, but eh, it doesn't matter so much. Or at least it didn't bother me, I still kept coming back. Definitely one for the older readers though as there is a wee bit of swearing, so if you're worried about that kind of thing, best not to go there.
Would I put it in my school library? Yeah, I think so. Recommend it to others? Sure, for a holiday read, or something to pass the time on the bus commute, assuming you don't get car sick reading (like I do). And hey, unlike The Fault in Our Stars I managed to get through it, so that has gotta be a big thumbs up.