Monday, November 28, 2011

The Probability Of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

Title: The Probability Of Miralces
Author: Wendy Wunder
Release date:  December 8, 2011
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 336
Source: Trade

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.

This may be one of the hardest reviews I have ever had to write.  I know I loved this book but it is hard to put into words how awesome it is.  I am going to try to describe to you how much I loved it but fair warning that this review will be non-stop gushing.

Campbell (Cam) Cooper has lived with cancer for 7 years.  She always knew it would kill her but she didn’t know she wouldn’t live to see her eighteenth birthday.  She was a little closed-off because she didn’t want to make friends only to be taken away from them.  Things change when she moves to Promise though.  She doesn’t mean to make friends but somehow she does.  And then there is Asher who might be more than a friend.  Asher was sweet, funny, helpful, and wise.  He was the perfect balance to dry, sarcastic, hopeless Cam.  And then there was Cam’s family.  I thought my family was embarrassing but they have nothing on the Coopers.  Alicia and Perry were a little overenthusiastic but really sweet and loving.  Nana was hilarous!  I can’t even put into words how funny she was.

The story was heartbreaking.  Cam knows it is her last summer so she lives it to the fullest.  She makes friends, possibly finds lover, and witnesses so many miracles.  It can only make her hope for a miracle of her own, one she may or may not get.

Overall, The Probability Of Miracles is one of the most beautiful, heartbreaking books I have ever read.  I definitely went through a whole box of tissues.  There were times I laughed so hard I cried and then there were times when I was so sad I bawled like a baby. Wendy Wunder is an author to watch for and I can’t wait to see what writes next.

First line:  When Campbell’s father died, he left her $1,262.56 – as much as he’d been able to sock away during his twenty-year gig as the fire dancer for the “Spirit of Aloha” show at Disney’s Polynesian Hotel.

Rating:  A++

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12 Comments

  1. Julie

    Ooh, I’ve been looking forward to this one but hadn’t heard much about it. Glad you loved it! I’ll definitely need to pick up this one soon because who doesn’t love a good cry around Christmas time?

  2. Sophia

    A roller coaster of emotions in a book is always something I like–but maybe not in public, haha. I hope the book didn’t end… badly, but considering the title, I have a feeling it doesn’t. Great review!!

  3. Christina Kit.

    This does sound wonderful, but too sad for me!

    The Fault in our Stars by John Green was beautiful but too much for me. I get too attached to characters!

    Lovely review 🙂

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