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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  11,169 ratings  ·  1,718 reviews
The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this tough and tender young adult novel that's a lot about love (and a little about cancer).

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
Hardcover, 289 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published July 24th 2013)
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
I enjoyed this book, I just didn't love it. Something this book does well is character development, specifically with Mia's character. I loved seeing her develop throughout this story, mostly because I didn't like her much when she was first introduced. I just feel like this story didn't have much to the plot and the plot at hand was a bit predictable. I did like A.J. Betts writing though and will definitely pick up other books by her! ...more
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Mixed feelings on this one, video review to come!
Ninoska Goris
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“Con toda la destrucción que causa, el Cáncer tendría que entrar a gritos en el cuerpo, con sirenas aullando y luces centelleantes. No debería poder ocultarse y echar raíces en el cerebro de alguien de esa forma, agazapado entre los recuerdos."

Debo estar de acuerdo con que el tema se parece bastante al del libro Bajo la misma estrella. Sin embargo, este libro trata más sobre como dos adolescentes con cáncer llegan, de solo tener en común la enfermedad, a ser vitales uno para el
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
This book starts off quite well. I loved Zac. He is that boy that you can't help but fall in love with. Then we meet Mia. I did not like the girl child. I just couldn't make myself.
This is not a romance. It's a friendship story and it's not a horrible book. It just feels unfinished. No character development and I just didn't really care like I should have.
This book has been compared to The Fault in Our Stars. Bullshit. I gave that book 3 stars and this one didn't touch it. Sorry dudes.
I would
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3.5 stars

Thank you Text Publishing for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.

'I'm the least brave of everyone. I never signed up for this war. Leukaemia conscripted me, the fucker.'

Zac and Mia had a John Green vibe to it- the synopsis immediately reminded me of The Fault in Our Stars. While not as fantastic, Zac and Mia has a strong story filled with wit, humour and heart felt moments. But let me stress that this bo
C.G. Drews
I have such mixed feelings about this one! On one hand...ugh, my soul burned with sadness for Zac and even for Mia...but on the other hand? I just was so angry at how selfish and immature Mia was. BUT THEN AGAIN (see how indecisive I am?) the girl had freaking cancer. CANCER. How can I possibly understand?!

I decided that I did like this book because of Reasons. And I will share the reasons because I'm incredibly nice like that.
1. Zac was a sweetheart.
2. Zac's mother was so supportive and his
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

If I had to describe this book in one sentence, I would describe it as the poor man's TFIOS(The Fault in Our Stars). I really had to force myself to finish this. My main issue was Mia, she was such a MASSIVE bitch. I truly hated her. She was a cruel, selfish, ingrate who literally cared about no one but herself. As for Zac, he was okay, although I found him kind of boring and nothing more than a crutch for Mia's abuses.

If you're looking for a teenage love story look elsewhere, these two protagon
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4 of 5 stars (Please read my rating system further below). Though similar to John Green's The Fault In Our Stars, I think I might have to say that Zac and Mia was one of the best books that I've read all year; it was so heart warming and refreshing.
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Courage is standing still even though you want to run. Courage is planting yourself and turning towards the thing that scares you, whether it's your leg or your friends or the guy who could break your heart again. It's opening your eyes and staring that fear down."

I can do nothing but to recommend this to you. You should really read it. It's probably the best fiction about cancer I've ever read/watched. It's honestly better than the fault in our stars. Makes you think. We should all be lucky <3
Ryan Buckby
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Google tells me everything I need to know about death except what comes after.

one of those reads that leave me with a heavy heart and full of emotion that i need to take some time and think about what i've read to understand it.

Plot: the book is told in three different parts where we get to see a lot of different aspects of the story and it's told in a way i don't think i've read before. The first part is focused on the two's time in the hospital during treatment, the second is centred aroun
Paula Weston
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read quite a few books in recent months but it's taken me until now to have a chance to share some thoughts on them. The one thing the time lapse allows is the capacity to see which books have 'stuck', and this one most certainly has.

Cancer isn't easy, it's not glamorous and it definitely isn't fun. And what I liked most about this story was that A.J Betts never loses sight of that, even in those unexpected moments that made me laugh out loud. Her characters are fully fleshed, the relations
My initial thought was “Oh, another cancer book. Let me go grab a box of tissues”. I couldn’t help but compare this book with TFIOS. This book isn’t as romantic and I realized then that this book is totally different from John Green’s creation.

Yes, Zac and Mia were victims of deadly illnesses. They had different personalities and different ways of coping but they came together to be each other’s support outside of their families who did not know the pain firsthand.

It was a touching story. It sho
Odette Brethouwer
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
This is a really lovely, honest story. I haven't read The fault in our stars yet, but I can imagine this is for lovers of that book, because of the theme.

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Nadia King
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I shied away from reading Zac & Mia mainly because the whole cancer thing put me off. Live long enough & too many people you know end up dying from it. I finally took the bull by the horns and got stuck between the pages of Zac & Mia and what a pleasant surprise. And what a ride, too. I seriously loved this book.

Please don't read this thinking about other YA books around this topic, come at Zac & Mia without preconceptions. I was sucked into the story fast. Zac is seventeen and literally quarant
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zac Meier tracks his fight with leukaemia by NASA’s Curiosity rover. When he was first admitted he watched a documentary about the construction of the rover; when he first relapsed the launch was making headlines and the night before his bone marrow transfer he watched footage of the rover being shot into space. Now he’s stuck in isolation from November 18 to December 22 while the graft from a German donor (his friends have since nicknamed him ‘Helga’) safely heals. They can shoot a robot into o ...more
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, feel-good-books
I usually avoid books about cancer but after hearing A.J. Betts speaking in 2011 about the book she was writing and knowing that she has worked for 8 years as a hospital teacher, I decided that as a Text Prize winner this was a book not to be missed.
I was not disappointed. What was most uplifting for me was the portrayal of the two teens, Zac and Mia, and the amount of resilience that was necessary to survive cancer treatments. On the way Betts was able to impact a lot of information about cance
Jul 24, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bad-covers
This is book is nothing but a shameless ripoff of THIS, one of my favourite books of all time. Down to the theme and even character names. So I won't even waste my breath detailing why this novel is the worst thing I have read all year. I am so angry. Shame on Text books for supporting plagiarism!!! Copy someone else's story and win a national contest? Um, but NO. Don't support this. Avoid like the plague. Or read TFIOS instead :)
PS- what's with the ugly 70s cover scheme and picture? Kinda gross
Definitely read this book for a certain challenge.. plus I found it on Overdrive!

Zac and Mia was cute. In the beginning I will admit that Mia wasn't my favorite character. She just seemed kind of rude and annoyed me. However, throughout the book she sort of grew on me and I ended up liking her. Then there's Zac, who was instantly lovable. When Mia was around him.. it definitely made me like her a bit more than I originally did.

The one thing I did like about this book was the lack of romance. If
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

A.J. Betts won the Text Prize for YA and Children's Writing in 2012 for her unpublished manuscript of Zac and Mia. Set in Western Australia, it is the story of two teenagers who meet while receiving treatment for cancer.

Seventeen year old Zac Meier is partway through an enforced period of isolation after a bone marrow transplant to treat his second re-occurrence of acute myeloid leukemia. Stuck in the adult oncology ward, with only his mother and the nurses asking about his bowel movements for c
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, aussie-ya
3.5 stars

Zac & Mia is A. J. Betts third YA novel -- and winner of the Text prize. I was so looking forward to reading it (having enjoyed the humour and heart in her sophomore novel Wavelength) and, having won the prestigious Text prize, I knew to expect something great.

Zac & Mia ended up surprising me. Betts took the book in a different direction than I expected and I really enjoyed the structure of it. The novel presents dual POV's, broken into three parts: Zac, Zac & Mia, and Mia.

It opens wi
Ava Orofino
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I truly convinced myself that getting through a book where two people with cancer fall in love would be one of the worst ideas of my reading life. However, I proved myself wrong. The actual writing, to start, was incredible. Betts’s style is unique to herself and the way she transitioned between different perspectives was brilliant! The plot wasn’t what I expected it to be, but nevertheless surprised me and seriously made me realize what “real love” was. In other romance novels I have read, they ...more
Alex (Pucksandpaperbacks)
Throughout alternating perspectives, we meet Zac and Mia who are both Australian cancer patients; later in remission. Zac and Mia are very great characters, throughout the story we get to really get to know them as characters before knowing them together. Zac has a great family, which is focused on in this book and Mia is trying to escape her life.

One day, Zac hears a new patient come into the room next door, he asks his mom to scope out who it is and such. Zac is greeted by Mia when sh
Stuti Rai
Apr 19, 2014 rated it liked it
i think a big part of what this book says is that no pain is less to the experiencing person. you could look at people and exclaim at how they're whining when they have it so much better than entire nations of peoples, but that doesn't really mean anything.

mia and zac's story was gradual, at times stagnant. it was not the most original but at least, it didn't deal with the characters' respective pains and the subject of cancer manipulatively or callously. hell, it doesn't really deal with cancer
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, young-adult
Let’s start off by addressing the elephant in the room: yes, Zac & Mia is a YA book about teens with cancer. Yes, there’s been a mega popular book-turned-movie about cancer teens in recent memory. But Zac and Mia is not that book. It’s not trying to be that book. And other than featuring a teenage boy and girl with cancer, it’s nothing like that book.

Here’s what Zac & Mia is: a book about friendship, overcoming odds, living your best life, and having belief in others even when you find it hard
Natalie Ward
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book. I know a lot of people have called it a Fault in Our Stars rip off, but it absolutely isn't. Aside from the fact that both books were written at the same time, so it's technically impossible, the only similarity they actually have is that the two leads both have cancer.
That's it.
Zac & Mia is its own story and it is a beautiful, heartwarming, heartbreaking and inspiring story at that. Set in the city I live in, I laughed out loud at all of the Aussie sayings and quirks
Ghostly  Writer
Jun 07, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads
Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Book Review
Title: Zac & Mia
Author: A. J. Betts
Genre: YA/Contemporary/Romance
Rating: *****
Review: The opening the Zac & Mia was great, we meet Zac who has leukaemia and is recovering after a bone marrow transplant when a girl close to his age is moved into the room next door. Initially Zac doesn’t like her music being loud but he realises she does this because she is lonely, as she fights with her visitors all the time. The premise of this novel reminded me a lot of The Fault in our Stars which
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing

5/5 Stars

I hated how this book was another one of the many labeled "The Fault in our Stars meets Eleanor and Park", but I find in this case it works.

Zac and Mia is truly an amazingly written novel. I cannot tell you how glad I am I didn't give up on this book. It started off great, and then hit this very boring, slow place for 50 or so pages. I kept trying to read them but it was not happening. So, I skipped a huge chunk of the book...BUT the second I started reading again things were alrea
❤Marie Gentilcore
3.5 stars. I liked this book. I've also read John Green's The Fault in Our Stars and other than being about two teens with cancer, the two books are quite different. In this book Zac and Mia meet in hospital in Perth, Australia. Zac has leukemia and Mia has a tumor in her ankle. Zac has been dealing with leukemia for a long time and yet he is upbeat and positive when we meet him. Mia's tumor is recently discovered and she is pessimistic and angry. Zac begins the narration and he is easy to like. ...more
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