Zac & Mia
|July 24, 2013|
Betts started writing the novel in 2009 after working on a cancer ward in a children's hospital. Betts' main inspiration was a young woman named Tayla, who died suddenly. She later continued writing when Tayla's mother encouraged her to continue. Betts' main job previously was being an English teacher.
The novel follows seventeen-year-old Zac Meier as he undergoes leukaemia treatment in Perth, Australia. He meets Mia, a fellow cancer patient in the adjacent room, and the two quickly form a connection.
The Australian praised the book, calling it "warm and uplifting". Australian Book Review praised the use of the book's three-part format. The Guardian also praised the format but criticised Mia's character. Hypable, in a positive review, labelled the book "much more than your standard YA cancer novel", and called the multiple perspectives of the narrative "beautifully written".
The book was adapted into a television show by AwesomenessTV, which premiered November 7, 2017 on go90. Anne Winters plays Mia, and Kian Lawley plays Zac. The show has been renewed for a second season following a strong fan response. The series was nominated for six Daytime Emmys in 2018, winning two including Outstanding Writing in a Digital Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series for Winters
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