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Zac and Mia [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

A.J. Betts

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2. September 2014
Winner of the 2012 Australian Text Prize

“When I was little I believed in Jesus and Santa, spontaneous combustion, and the Loch Ness monster. Now I believe in science, statistics, and antibiotics.” So says seventeen-year-old Zac Meier during a long, grueling leukemia treatment in Perth, Australia. A loud blast of Lady Gaga alerts him to the presence of Mia, the angry, not-at-all-stoic cancer patient in the room next door. Once released, the two near-strangers can’t forget each other, even as they desperately try to resume normal lives. The story of their mysterious connection drives this unflinchingly tough, tender novel told in two voices.

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"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."

* "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."

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

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."


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5.0 von 5 Sternen READ THIS BOOK!! 4. November 2013
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I have no words to describe this book. I heard of it from the 'Birdee' Blog and I read it in less than a day. Great book, heart wrenching at times, but great. Close to home and seriously just great.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fresh, real and very sweet! 3. September 2013
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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 unputdownable page turner!!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Not afraid to show the darker side... 10. Oktober 2013
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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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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great Book, must read! 28. August 2013
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When i picked up this book, i knew it would be the kind the would stay in my heart and i was NOT disappointed. Zac was the most beautiful and lonely character ever. And Mia was the most realistic fiery girl who was going through a tough time and felt like her life was truly falling apart. You must read this book! It shows the tough times people go through in hospital and how you can keep soldering on, the best you can do is try, because the worst way to die is to give up.

the only thing i didnt love about this book was the ending, it was good.. but it didnt have enough Oomph to drive me over the edge. it felt slightly rushed. Other than that the book is wonderful, incredibly true and realistic and the characters are imperfect in the best way
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Quite a realistic book with a heartwarming, optimistic ending 18. September 2013
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Let's be honest, the majority of us, after finding out that this is a book about kids with cancer, would have been like eh I'll just go read The Fault in Our Stars. And inevitably while I was reading the book, I kept drawing comparisons between it and TFIOS. Is Zac and Mia as feels inspiring as TFIOS? Is Zac and Mia as realistic as TFIOS? Is Zac and Mia as good as TFIOS? Frankly no. But at this point we do have to acknowledge that very few books will ever live up to the genius that is TFIOS (when did this review turn into a promotion of TFIOS lol), and I also do have to acknowledge that Zac and Mia is certainly a heartwarming and interesting read nonetheless.

I really don't know how I felt about Mia. I hesitate to criticise her because she has cancer, but to be completely honest, dat kid cray cray (at least at the start). I mean, seriously, it's really not socially acceptable to randomly get into a stranger's bed without their permission. Or randomly climb through their window in the middle of the night and then get into their bed. Even if you've Facebook messaged each other a few times. Not cool, Mia. Not cool. She does get better later on in the book though.

"How can you share someone's secrets, sent back and forth in the quiet of early mornings, but not know basic stuff like the suburb they live in or their phone number? How can someone vanish from your life so easily?"

On the other hand, I loved Zac. He was just such an awesome character (although with questionable tastes in friends- by which I mean Mia, I don't think we really see any of his other friends). His sense of humour and strength were definitely the kind that we like to read about in "cancer books". I just loved his interactions with Mia and I suppose by the end of the novel I was converted into supporting their weird relationship. It was interesting observing how Zac affected Mia- how he showed her how "lucky" she was.

"I'm the least brave of everyone. I never signed up for this war. Leukaemia conscripted me, the f***er"

I feel like the portrayal of cancer in the book was fairly realistic. In fact, most of the events in the book were realistic except for one event which annoyed me a bit. First some background: Mia and Zac met in the hospital and then went their separate ways after they were discharged. Zac went home to his farm in rural Western Australia, Mia stayed in Perth. So, the pretty cliched event was that Mia ran away from home and coincidentally found a pamphlet about Zac's farm, and decided to go there (without knowing it was Zac's farm). She goes there and voila, there is Zac, just when she needs him most (because she's just run out of money). I do not approve of this coinkidink.

Overall, I would say that this is quite a good book. Interesting and memorable characters, realistic plot and heartwarming, optimistic ending- certainly a book to look out for.
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