Review - The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

Title: The Probability of Miracles
Author: Wendy Wunder
Publisher: Razorbill
Publish Date: Dec 89, 2011
Hardcover, 366 pages

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I love the vibrancy of the cover and knowing this book has sadness injected in it, it definitely helps soften the book.

Cam has cancer. Her recent diagnosis is that she is in the final stages and cannot be saved. Her mother refuses to believe she will die and takes them to Promise, Maine a place known for it's healing properties. Cam on the other hand would rather wallow in her sadness and die at home, but seeing her mother's need to believe she goes along with the move. Along the way, she encounters her friend, who is also ailing from the same cancer and her grandmother who is a bit crazy.

Cam's life is filled with chaos, inside termoil and staving off her families need to believe in something more than just life and death. Her mother constantly pulls her in to her life saving schemes and her sister is a bit selfish and acts out accordingly. Stuck in a car with these two and her bird, Tweety keeps things interesting.

When they finally reach Promise, Maine could it be that Cam really is starting to show signs of curing. She is feeling more energy, her bruises are fading and she is finding a life. She meets new people and falls in love with a boy.

My favorite part was even though Cam is no longer willing to fight this disease she doesn't let it drain her of her life. She is still sarcastic, funny and able to prank. It gives this book what makes it stand out among those other sad books.

Summary -
Dry, sarcastic, sixteen-year-old Cam Cooper has spent the last seven years in and out hospitals. The last thing she wants to do in the short life she has left is move 1,500 miles away to Promise, Maine - a place known for the miraculous events that occur there. But it's undeniable that strange things happen in Promise: everlasting sunsets; purple dandelions; flamingoes in the frigid Atlantic; an elusive boy named Asher; and finally, a mysterious envelope containing a list of things for Cam to do before she dies. As Cam checks each item off the list, she finally learns to believe - in love, in herself, and even in miracles.

A debut novel from an immensely talented new writer, The Probability of Miracles crackles with wit, romance and humor and will leave readers laughing and crying with each turn of the page.


1 comment:

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

With the sarcasm angle, I'm really interested in how this plays out. Thanks for the awesome review.