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Länge: 320 Seiten Word Wise: Aktiviert Verbesserter Schriftsatz: Aktiviert
Sprache: Englisch

Produktbeschreibungen

Pressestimmen

"Above average in this burgeoning subgenre; it’s the healing powers of friendship, love and family that make this funny-yet-philosophical tale of brutal teen illness stand out."
—Kirkus

* "Zac & Mia holds its own as a smart, well-crafted story about the importance of friendship and feeling understood."
—School Library Journal, starred review

"Betts portrays cancer as hard, scary, and isolating, but beatableor at least bearableif one isn't facing it along, and her depiction of a boy trying to hold onto a normal life and a girl realizing she can't keep hers from changing has power."
—Publishers Weekly


"Above average in this burgeoning subgenre; it’s the healing powers of friendship, love and family that make this funny-yet-philosophical tale of brutal teen illness stand out."
—Kirkus

* "Zac & Mia holds its own as a smart, well-crafted story about the importance of friendship and feeling understood."
—School Library Journal, starred review


"Above average in this burgeoning subgenre; it’s the healing powers of friendship, love and family that make this funny-yet-philosophical tale of brutal teen illness stand out."
—Kirkus
* "Zac & Mia holds its own as a smart, well-crafted story about the importance of friendship and feeling understood."
—School Library Journal, starred review
"Betts portrays cancer as hard, scary, and isolating, but beatableor at least bearableif one isn't facing it alone, and her depiction of a boy trying to hold onto a normal life and a girl realizing she can't keep hers from changing has power."
—Publishers Weekly
"This Australian import, told from alternating perspectives, introduces two characters who are remarkable in their own right."
—Horn Book Magazine
"There’s complexity in their sometimes thorny relationship that makes this compelling as more than just a romance, but their connection is ultimately satisfyingly heartfelt. Hand this to readers looking for a love story with shadows but not inevitable doom."
—Bulletin
 


"Above average in this burgeoning subgenre; it’s the healing powers of friendship, love and family that make this funny-yet-philosophical tale of brutal teen illness stand out."
—Kirkus
* "Zac & Mia holds its own as a smart, well-crafted story about the importance of friendship and feeling understood."
—School Library Journal, starred review
"Betts portrays cancer as hard, scary, and isolating, but beatableor at least bearableif one isn't facing it along, and her depiction of a boy trying to hold onto a normal life and a girl realizing she can't keep hers from changing has power."
—Publishers Weekly

"This Australian import, told from alternating perspectives, introduces two characters who are remarkable in their own right."

—Horn Book Magazine

 

"There’s complexity in their sometimes thorny relationship that makes this compelling as more than just a romance, but their connection is ultimately satisfyingly heartfelt. Hand this to readers looking for a love story with shadows but not inevitable doom."

—Bulletin

 


"Above average in this burgeoning subgenre; it’s the healing powers of friendship, love and family that make this funny-yet-philosophical tale of brutal teen illness stand out."
—Kirkus
* "Zac & Mia holds its own as a smart, well-crafted story about the importance of friendship and feeling understood."
—School Library Journal, starred review
"Betts portrays cancer as hard, scary, and isolating, but beatableor at least bearable—if one isn't facing it alone, and her depiction of a boy trying to hold onto a normal life and a girl realizing she can't keep hers from changing has power."
—Publishers Weekly
"This Australian import, told from alternating perspectives, introduces two characters who are remarkable in their own right."
—Horn Book Magazine
"There’s complexity in their sometimes thorny relationship that makes this compelling as more than just a romance, but their connection is ultimately satisfyingly heartfelt. Hand this to readers looking for a love story with shadows but not inevitable doom."
—Bulletin
Winner of the 2012 Australian Text Prize
 


"Above average in this burgeoning subgenre; it’s the healing powers of friendship, love and family that make this funny-yet-philosophical tale of brutal teen illness stand out."
—Kirkus
* "Zac & Mia holds its own as a smart, well-crafted story about the importance of friendship and feeling understood."
—School Library Journal, starred review
"Betts portrays cancer as hard, scary, and isolating, but beatableor at least bearableif one isn't facing it alone, and her depiction of a boy trying to hold onto a normal life and a girl realizing she can't keep hers from changing has power."
—Publishers Weekly
"This Australian import, told from alternating perspectives, introduces two characters who are remarkable in their own right."
—Horn Book Magazine
"There’s complexity in their sometimes thorny relationship that makes this compelling as more than just a romance, but their connection is ultimately satisfyingly heartfelt. Hand this to readers looking for a love story with shadows but not inevitable doom."
—Bulletin
 


PRAISE FOR ZAC AND MIA
 
Australia's 2012 Text Prize winner
 
"There is a great sense of warmth and humor in this story, which will appeal to both YA and adult readers...It is definitely a stand-out novel for 2013. Five stars."--Australian Bookseller and Publisher

 
"Zac and Mia are unforgettable--they put hooks into my heart that are still there. Be warned: if you pick up this book, you won't want to put it down."--Fiona Wood, author


 
"Moving, witting, heartbreaking and absolutely beautiful."--Alice Pung, author


"Above average in this burgeoning subgenre; it’s the healing powers of friendship, love and family that make this funny-yet-philosophical tale of brutal teen illness stand out."
--Kirkus


"Above average in this burgeoning subgenre; it’s the healing powers of friendship, love and family that make this funny-yet-philosophical tale of brutal teen illness stand out."
—Kirkus
* "Zac & Mia holds its own as a smart, well-crafted story about the importance of friendship and feeling understood."
—School Library Journal, starred review
"Betts portrays cancer as hard, scary, and isolating, but beatableor at least bearableif one isn't facing it along, and her depiction of a boy trying to hold onto a normal life and a girl realizing she can't keep hers from changing has power."
—Publishers Weekly

"This Australian import, told from alternating perspectives, introduces two characters who are remarkable in their own right."

—Horn Book Magazine

 

Kurzbeschreibung

Winner, The Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing, 2012
Winner, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature, 2014
Winner, Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards, ANZ, 2014

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.

A. J. Betts is an author, teacher, speaker and cyclist. Zac & Mia, the winner of the Text Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing, is her third novel for young adults. Her others are ShutterSpeed and Wavelength. She lives in Perth, and writes when she's not pedalling.

'Zac and Mia are unforgettable - they put hooks into my heart that are still there. Be warned: if you pick up this book, you won't want to put it down.' Fiona Wood

'There is a great sense of warmth and humour in this story, which will appeal to both YA and adult readers...A stand-out novel for 2013.' Australian Books and Publishing

'I think you have to be brave to write a book like this. To write it without overt, condescending sympathy. And to be brave enough to write the moments that are funny, or grotty, or filled with rage, alongside those that are brave and heroic. It's a book that is well deserving of a prize, and is likely to win many more.' First Impressions

'For communicating the day-to-day mundane madness of cancer, Betts deserves high praise...Another triumph for the Text Prize, A. J. Betts is in good company and Zac and Mia is another great read.' ALPHA Reader

'Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts is a beautifully written story from dual perspectives...A warm-hearted story and two unforgettable characters.' Hypable

'I found Zac and Mia to be a compelling story with characters that I truly cared about by the end of the novel...confronting and heartbreaking at times, but it is also comforting and moving, a beautifully written portrait of our basic human need to connect. It's a story that I'm glad I had the opportunity to read and one that I'm sure will linger with me for some time.' Kids Book Review

'The strength of Betts novel is how well she gets inside her character's head...her characters felt real - her dialogue is spot-on, the supporting characters truly shine in their own ways, and Zac and Mia's perspectives ring unique and true. Everything feels raw and real, completely grounded.' Inkcrush

'The writing was close to perfect. A. J. Betts effortlessly created a story, while daringly similar to John Green's, still equally fascinating and touching.' YA Midnight Reads

'If you are after a book filled with hope and heart I recommend Zac and Mia.' Obsession with Books

'Zac and Mia won the 2012 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing and it is easy to see why. It is [an] outstanding novel...There will be laughter, there will be tears, some of which will be for the truly amazing Zac and Mia and all their real life counterparts. Most of all there will be joy. You will not want to put this book down once you start to read it.' Hoopla

‘Un-put-down-able. The characters are believable, likeable, they grow, change, and stay with you long after you've finished reading.’ Book Chook


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1188 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 320 Seiten
  • Verlag: Text Publishing (24. Juli 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00CTI158C
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Wenn man ein Buch ließt, in dem es über zwei an Krebs erkrankte Teenager geht, erwartet man eine Geschichte wie in "the fault in our stars" von John Green. Diese Erwartungen werden in diesem Buch alles andere als erfüllt. Was aber in keinster Weise negativ ist. Das Buch erzählt eine so authentische und echte Geschichte von zwei jungen Menschen, die sich von so etwas lächerlichen wie Krebs nicht davon abhalten lassen ein selbstbestimmtes, normales Leben zu führen. Mit Wut und haufenweise Energie nehmen sie den Kampf gegen die Krankheit auf. Trotzdem wirkt das Buch nicht wie eine aufgesetzte, romantisierte Schmalzgeschichte in der alles perfekt ist, obwohl die Protagonisten mit einem furchtbaren Schicksalsschlag klarkommen müssen. Ganz im Gegenteil sind die Reaktionen und Gefühle von Zac und Mia so pur und auf den Punkt gebracht, dass es einfach sich mit der Geschichte zu identifizieren.

Um dieses Buch zu lesen, brauche man kein Fan von speziell diesem Genre sein. Das Buch bringt einen zum Lächeln und stellt den Glauben in das Leben wieder her.

Mit der Sprache hatte ich keine Probleme. Es ist nicht allzu kompliziert und sobald man sich erstmal eingelesen hat, versteht man alles sehr gut.
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HASH(0xa0d206b4) von 5 Sternen Outstanding and seeping with reality 22. September 2014
Von Kristen @ Pretty Little Pages - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Before I even begin this review, I want to dismiss all of the talk of The Fault in Our Stars and Zac and Mia being so alike. They're two very different stories. Yes, cancer is an integral part of the story in both of these books. But the similarities beyond that are so slim. Over and over, I heard that Zac and Mia was the new The Fault in Our Stars (mind you, Zac and Mia was written and published first). It gave me a lot of expectations going into reading Zac and Mia and I really wish I wouldn't have had those.

A.J. Betts deserves a standing ovation. She was able to take something very sensitive and build a beautiful story injected with humor and a wide range of emotions with Zac and Mia. At certain times, this book would be sobering for me as I sped through it. Other times, I'd find myself laughing at Zac's wit or his mother's antics. This is a book that's about more than cancer. Don't get me wrong: cancer is a huge part of it. But this book isn't wholly consumed with only being about cancer. There's so much depth to it.

I hate to admit it, but I really loathed the character of Mia. She deserved empathy from me, I know. She faced an impossible situation, and I don't think I would handle it much better. But I'm a sucker for characters being strong and overcoming obstacles. I felt like Mia just succumbed to her fate. The entire time I was reading this book, I wanted to throw her some boxing gloves and tell her to fight.

Zac, on the other hand, was the highlight of this book for me. It's rare that we get a male character in Young Adult that we get see the world through their eyes. With the way that A.J. Betts wrote Zac, I wish we had that privilege more. There was plenty of wit and reflection weaved throughout his story that perfectly balanced the matter at hand. I missed him whenever I finished reading this book. In fact, I missed his entire family.

If you're a fan of young adult who enjoys a good contemporary, then please pick up Zac and Mia. It has a hint of romance, but the story is so much more than that. Just do yourself a favor and go in with an open mind. You just might find your next favorite book!

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.
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HASH(0xa0d20708) von 5 Sternen Fresh, real and very sweet! 3. September 2013
Von carter06 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I loved this story of two young people facing the toughest situation of their lives..and developing a relationship..when your life is threatened by something such as the evil of cancer, your perspective on life changes and you do and say things that matter more...Betts has done a brilliant job of capturing a teens take on cancer..and life..an unputdownable page turner!!
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HASH(0xa0d2506c) von 5 Sternen Two are stronger than one 22. September 2014
Von Vox Libris - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
It’s easy to think of this as a John Green, Fault in Our Stars-esque knock off. To do so, however, is to woefully undervalue this fantastic book.

In the hospital preparing for a bone marrow transfusion, after earlier efforts to thwart his leukemia failed, Zac is isolated from everyone but his mother and the nurses. The rest of his family is hours away at home, where Zac prefers they be. He knows his illness is stressful for them, and he can’t bear to see them suffer.

He physically can’t bear to see anything outside of his room, so when a new patient heralds her arrival with an annoying Lady Gaga song played on repeat, Zac knocks on the wall and begs for it to stop. He also finds himself intrigued. He wants to know about this girl. Why is she here? Who is she?

The patient, Mia, is Zac’s age and suffering from a tumor in her ankle. She and Zac begin conversing through Facebook messaging, but Zac knows that Mia’s cancer has a far more promising outcome than his. He studies statistics, especially those related to death (he can tell you, for example, how many people died by falling into a vat of glue).

Yet he’s hopeful. He’s receiving German bone marrow, and he knows it will work. Zac believes – he truly believes – that as bad as his statistics are, he will survive.

Mia, meanwhile, feels none of Zac’s optimism. She is despondent, blames her mother, and doesn’t know how to cope. For all of Zac’s sunny cheer, Mia is dark, closed off, moody and surly. She denies her illness to one and all, and she is convinced she has been handed a death sentence. There is no reason, she believes, for her to have any hope whatsoever.

Despite how bleak she feels, she finds herself as drawn to Zac as he is to her, even though they have no physical contact.

When the two return to their homes, hours apart, they can’t stop thinking about each other.

There is a sweet sort of romance in this book, but much of it takes place when the lovebirds are in two different locations. Perhaps that accounts for their openness to each other. Mia has closed herself off from everyone in her life, except for Zac. He finds comfort in his family, yet he feels that Mia understands him in ways they simply cannot.

I cried – oh, how I cried – while reading this. Zac and Mia have a way of being there for each other, even when they physically are not together. When they meet, she needs him. She needs his statistics and hope and the light he brings. Zac will need her, too, in ways neither can anticipate.

There are other love stories, though. Zac and Mia’s families are at the center of those, with Zac’s the more traditional of the two. His parents and siblings offer him the independence he seeks, tending to both his body and his soul. Mia’s mother loves her daughter, even if Mia can’t see that. She feels alone and cut off, knowing that she has caused it, and she needs her mother. For Mia, however, needing someone is something she prefers to avoid.

There is hope in this novel, just as there is heartache and sadness. Zac and Mia make you care about them, and they make us root for them. You will not be able to bear the thought of one of them not making it.

Yes, there are similarities to The Fault in Our Stars. But don’t mistake this as a low-rent knock-off. It isn’t. It’s a book that deserves its readers.

Just make sure you have some tissues handy.

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HASH(0xa0d20f0c) von 5 Sternen Not afraid to show the darker side... 10. Oktober 2013
Von Kate - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Zac and Mia is a book told by the perspectives of two very different teenagers. Zac is a seventeen year old active farm boy suffering myeloid leukaemia and now stuck in confinement after a bone marrow transplant. With only his supportive (yet at times a little overbearing) mother, nurses and the Internet for company, Zac is intrigued by the new admission to the hospital room next to his. Mia isn't quite as okay with her diagnosis as Zac. She's angry and in denial. Her prognosis is the best of anyone in the ward but all she can see how the cancer in her leg is taking her former life away from her.

I liked how Betts broke up this book - the first part is entirely told from Zac's point of view, the last solely Mia, and the middle section alternating perspectives per chapter. The way it was told kept me rather anxiously reading on to make sure the characters were okay. Zac is someone I instantly enjoyed reading about. He's smart and funny - his bone marrow's alter ego, Helga! - but also incredibly logical. His fixation with maths and statistics showed that he knew his odds but was trying to be the one who beat them. Mia was harder to like - she's pricky and snarky but from reading her side of things you can see that it's just a cover for how scared she is. The relationship between them was a joy to read. They are unlikely friends but their shared experiences give them a bond that few can possibly understand. I love the interactions between them - from Mia obnoxiously blasting Lady Gaga to Zac's knowledge of the ridiculous ways people have died. This book despite the serious nature of cancer did leave me grinning at times.

Their personal situations as well as their medical conditions contrasted nicely - Zac with the super supportive friends and family who all knew the ins and outs of what he was facing opposed to Mia who didn't even let her friends know. Zac considered Mia to be the luckiest person on the ward but she was the one acting as if she was the only person facing a death sentence. Zac has the family who are all there for each other and there maybe teasing on the farm but when it comes down to it they would do anything for one another. Mia isn't quite so lucky as her mother was a teenager when she had her and neither one seems to know how they should treat the other. These differences contrasted nicely and really showed off how differently people behave when facing a similar beast.

I've seen people compare Zac and Mia to John Green's The Fault in Our Stars - with both books dealing with teens and cancer but for me they both told very different stories. Zac and Mia showed off the darker side - with everything from hair loss to bowel movements being discussed. I liked that Betts showed the ugly side of things as it made it all a little more realistic for me. It felt well researched from both a medical standpoint as well as the personal side of cancer.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It's thoughtful and heartbreaking yet sincere and at times amusing. I highly recommend it.
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HASH(0xa0d254f8) von 5 Sternen Zac and Mia 5. September 2014
Von Sally Balboa - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I really liked this book, t wasn't afraid to drop the F-bomb in occasion and believe me it seized the opportunity a lot. It wasn't afraid to show that even the best of us get down sometimes, and I don't mean cry for an hour and get over it, I mean the nitty-gritty depression that claws into your heart and refuses to let you go.

Zac and Mia begins in an hospital, the oncology ward to be specific. While Zac is counting down the days till his transplant healing stage is over, a newbie Mia moves in next door. The first thing she does is blare Lady Gaga, then burns Zac a Lady Gaga CD, then returns his special star. After this and many Facebook conversations, the two become unlikely friends. Until Mia runs away, steals money from friends, deletes her Facebook account, and months later turns up on Zacs doorstep, looking for more money.

While reading this I realized that this is a darker version of The Fault in Our Stars, a highly popular story. The plot line between the two stories is similar, but they are not the same story. TFOS had different relationship dynamics, different characters, and I believe that this stories characters were more realistic. Both off these are good books, this bit of the review is not meant to take away from either story, just trying to show that the two are not explicitly the same.

Character development is this story was phenomenal, plenty of dynamics to keep you interested in their well-being, how they're feeling, and of course whether they're going to die or not. The main characters all do a 360 on us, usually when were complacent with them too.

I liked that the novel showed two perspectives on cancer. One in which Zac goes, "Thank goodness I'm alive so that I can fight another day, but unfortunately I'm really bored." Then there's the other one Mia, "No I'd rather die then fight cancer because it'll mess with peoples image of me as beautiful, also I'm really pissed off." It made a nice dynamic for the book, constantly keeping you interested in the characters.
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