Zac and Mia, by A J Betts
pub Houghton Muffin Harcourt.
Teen Zac is in an isolation ward, again, enduring treatment for leukemia and ably supported, always enthusiastically, by his mother. The ward area is generally quiet, even hushed. mother and son play a humouring game, trying to stay cheerful. But when Mia arrives everyone knows it - music plays, full blast, on the other side of Zac's wall, there's shouting between Mia and her mother... and thus begins an unusual, unlikely and frankly unforgettable story.
Told in the two teen 'voices', this is a beautiful novel; well told, peppered with detail and with a slow-build climax well worth getting to.
I initially hesitated over whether to review this one or not.
Don't stop and think, just grab it and read. It's a winner .