Publisher's synopsis

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. 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.


  • Winner, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature, 2014
  • Winner, Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards, ANZ, 2014
  • Winner, The Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing, 2012
  • Shortlisted, Queensland Literary Awards, Griffith University Young Adult Book Award, 2014
  • Shortlisted, West Australian Young Readers’ Book Awards, 2015
  • Longlisted, Gold Inky Award, 2014
  • Shortlisted, Dioraphte Prize, Netherlands, 2015
  • Shortlisted, Buxtehuder Bulle Award, Germany, 2014