Thursday, March 1, 2012

You Are a Miracle

Published: December 8th, 2011
The Probability of Miracles
By: Wendy Wunder
ISBN-13: 9781595143686

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.


   Cam is sixteen, but almost half of her life has been spent fighting cancer.  Her Mom and sister are busy searching for a miracle when Cam's cancer makes a reappearance, but sceptical Cam doesn't believe there is one.  All she wants is to spend what little time she has left trying to make up for dying so young, trying to be happy.  But then her Mom finds a town called Promise, Maine where flamingoes roost and there are purple dandelions.  Which means they move from Florida to Maine, in search of a miracle cure.  At first Cam is miserable, but then she meets Asher and gets a job helping animals.  Finally, Cam is happy with her life and in love for the first time.  But will it be enough to keep her from dying?  Cam is a great heroine.  She's sarcastic and vulnerable, unable to believe in miracles.  However, she does believe in helping her Mom and sister, loving them the best she can.  This book made me ache deep inside, while making me smile at the same time.  It was one of the better books I've read where a teen is dealing with death in one way or another.  The supporting cast of characters were human in the best way and I loved how Cam's Samoan heritage played a role in her life.  Plus, she lived at FREAKING DISNEYWORLD!!!  How awesome is that?  This was definitely a book that broke my heart, but I'm glad the author didn't take the easy way out.  Instead she built something beautiful and gave it an ending to match it's beginning.

VERDICT:  4.5/5  Stars

*No money or favors were exchanged for this review. This book is now available in stores and online.*

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