Catching the Reader

My PMI is about a book called “Zac and Mia”. I highly recommend it, one of my all-time favourites.

Won these awards or has been in:

Winner, 2014 Ethel Turner Prize, NSW Premier’s Literary Award
Winner, 2014 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award (Australia/NZ)
Winner, Text Prize, 2012
Shortlisted, Queensland Literary Award, 2014
Shortlisted, WAYBRA awards, 2014

The last person Zac expects in the room next door is a girl like Mia, angry and feisty with questionable taste in music. In the real world he wouldn’t–couldn’t–be friends with her. 

But in hospital different rules apply, and what begins as a knock on the wall leads to a note–then a friendship neither of them sees coming.

You need courage to be in hospital; different courage to be back in the real world.
In one of these worlds Zac needs Mia. And in the other Mia needs Zac.

Or maybe they both need each other, always.

Here are some variations of the covers:

z&m 1 z&m 2 z&m 4


The covers are very eye-catching. Especially the eye one. I still am wondering about the design and the daisy. I loved it because it was different from the other books. Everyone can interpret it a different way. The colours could say something, the picture could say it or the layout could.

The blurb is so well thought out. It’s casual but deeply emotive. It has that personal vibe that really hits home (well at least for me).

The title makes it sound romantic and like they are star-crossed lovers. But even so it lets of a vibe that it will always be okay in the end for me and it really brings out character in the book.


 In my opinion, the title is okay but could be better. It should be as deeply as interesting the book is. Maybe like “The storm they could not predict” or “Together by a wall” or “You’re all I’ve got” something intriguing. Maybe it’s just me.


 The concept of the eye and the daisy is a very interesting one. Being safe in the eye of a hurricane. The splash of yellow in a daisy. How frail a daisy is. Funny metaphors come from that one.


4 thoughts on “Catching the Reader

  1. Wow Joy! Good Job! I love how you included some variations of the cover. It’s very interesting there are so many different covers for just one book!?

    1. Well, it’s a pretty popular young teen book that has won awards so they change it. It helps make cool vibes that appeal to different people. Thank you Georgie. 😛

  2. That is a cool cover! I like the way you described it and set out your post 😉

    It looks like an interesting book 😉

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