Author- A. J. Betts.
Publish date- 2013.
Publisher- Text Publishing.
(A brief) Synopsis:
There are two people in focus and many people out of focus, surrounding them. One seems to be broken, though that person tries to believe and show that they are not. One appears to be whole, and though they appear to be whole throughly, maybe they aren't.
Image Credit: Text Publishing.
What I thought:
It's hard to describe the ways in which I'm drawn to this book, because they're battled by the ways in which I am turned away by it; the cover is very unique and eye catching, it's an intriguing work of art. The typography on the cover is super neat. The blurb by Fiona Wood is exactly the kind of thing I want to see on a book. It's the winner of the Text prize! The synopsis, however, it doesn't really interest me and if I went on it alone I foubt I'd have picked it up.
I was, however, lucky enough to win a copy after reading VeganYANerds incredible review, and though it sat patiently on my shelf for a few months, one day I picked it up and decided to read a few pages. I'd finished it in three days.
Zac and Mia is told in a really interesting, not to mention well done, way- part one is Zac. Part two is &, which is is dual POV from Zac and Mia. Part three is Mia.
From the start I didn't feel drawn to Mia, even though Zac is oddly taken in by her and truly can't get her out of his mind- I wondered if that's because you weren't supposed to like her, because of her nature and unreliability, the things she does and says, but even after I read her part and learnt to understand the both of them, Mia still never found a place very close to me. Zac, however, I truly did become fond of; his characteristics are so real and he felt very lifelike, and I cared about his story.
I cannot say, though, that I'm overall happy with my reading experience of Zac and Mia. I raced through it and quite liked the way it read, but I never loved the story and the ending didn't really settle with me so well, didn't seem believeable in all the ways I wanted it to be.
Rating: Close to Poor.
My hopes weren't really met with Zac and Mia, but at the same time I didn't really know all that much about it becomehand to be able to form an opinion. There was lots of swearing- too much for my liking- and it did get to a stage where I felt almost desensitised by it, which I did not like at all. Something important, though: Zac and Mia isn't a book about two teenagers who are sick- their illness, whilst important to the story (it's what brings them together in the first place), is not the thing the story focuses on. This is about them. The stories they are just waiting to tell and let you explore.
Thank you to VeganYANerds for the competition you held, the prize of which was this book!