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Book Review: Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts

Poor Zac and Mia. Not only are they teens with cancer, but readers are going to compare their story to The Fault In Our Stars. In my opinion they're much different, but not everyone is going to see it that way.

Zac and Mia is definitely reminiscent of The Fault In Our Stars. I've seen people go so far as to say that it was plagiarized. That's a pretty serious accusation, and for the record, Zac and Mia was published in Australia around the same time as TFIOS and therefore was definitely NOT plagiarized. It's only just now made it's way to the US.

Now that we have that out of the way, let's get on with the review. Zac is a nice guy, trying to keep a smile on his face as he goes through his cancer treatment. Mia is the girl on the other side of his wall from his hospital room. They start a friendship based on note passing and message tapping. 

When Zac leaves the hospital, he never expects Mia to show up there several months later. But she's on the run from her mom and needs a place to crash.

This is a great (sad) story told in alternating points of view. Though not quite TFIOS sad, for the record. I love the family dynamics in it and I love the setting. It will make you think. Definitely recommended to anyone in high school who hasn't had their fill of cancer stories yet.

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