Book Review: The Probability Of Miracles

The Probability Of Miracles CoverBook: The Probability Of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

Published December 2011|Published by Penguin Group|386 Pages|Purchased for my Nook

Series or stand-alone? Stand-alone

Genre: YA/Contemporary Find out more: Goodreads|Barnes And Noble|Amazon|Wendy Wunder’s Website Summary: Cameron Cooper, a cynical teenage girl dying of cancer, is told by her doctors she needs a miracle to survive. In a last-ditch effort to save her daughter’s life, her mother takes her to a small town in Maine rumored to be magical. If there’s a shot for Cameron, her mom believes, it’s here. But for Cameron, believing in miracles would mean believing she has another chance at life … and that’s dangerous for someone who knows better than to get her hopes up. As the girls settle into Promise, amazing things start happening: it snows in August; there’s a rainbow when it doesn’t rain; a flock of flamingos takes residence in the pond behind the high school, even though they’re not supposed to live this far north. Cameron, a scientist at heart, searches for explanations for these bizarre occurrences, refusing to believe they’re miracles. But soon, the magic of the town—and her feelings for Asher, a local boy who seems to know Cam better than she knows herself—become impossible to deny. Over the course of the coming months, Cameron lets go of her cynicism and opens herself up to life and the world. In the end, Promise is a magical place, but for Cameron becoming a believer might just be the biggest miracle of all.

I really liked The Probability Of Miracles.  I did get a little teary-eyed, and I totally loved the crazy town of Promise.  I totally get why her mom would take her to such a magical place.

I thought Cameron was okay as a character.  I get why she doesn’t believe in miracles, and it’s refreshing to see a character dying of cancer who’s not all inpsirational and hopeful.  But in the end, she does believe in miracles.  I never completely warmed up to her, and I didn’t completely warm up to a lot of the other characters either.  But I did like her sister, who seems to be lost in the shuffle.  And all of the things that Cam experiences?  It kinda felt like it was randomly thrown in so she could have a chance to experience it.

Honestly, I’m not completely sure why I liked The Probability Of Miracles so much- I just did.  Maybe it’s the fact that the book takes place in a town where things just happen.  Cam didn’t seem to fit into the craziness that is Promise, and part of me wishes she fit into that better.  But there is something that is interesting about Cam slowly liking Promise…a very cynical girl in town full of miracles and hope.  I liked that Cam’s mom had hope that Cam would be okay, that Promise would help her feel better.

But there is something to be said about the journey itself, which may be the important thing in this book.  You get why Cam is cynical, and she is pretty realistic about her disease.  And you see her (very slowly) become more open to letting people in and having even a little bit of hope.  Hope and magic and possibilities are good.

Final thoughts:

I really am at a loss here.  I know I really liked it, and I just can’t put my finger on why.  It’s weird that I can kind of pinpoint why I didn’t like it, but can’t explain why I did like it.  The Probability Of Miracles gets 4 stars.


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