The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

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The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
Publisher: Razorbill
Release date: December 8, 2011
Source: Around the World Tours
Published format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Series: Stand-alone
Purchase: Book Depository

Summary from Goodreads:
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; flamingos 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.

First of all, I loved the writing style. Wendy has an amazing ability to write descriptions perfectly, making them incredibly easy to imagine in my mind. It’s almost like a movie. This is one of those reads where I do notice the writing, because I like it so much. Wendy has a writing style that is her own.
Cam felt real to me. She had her own voice, genuinely cared about her family, went along with what they wanted because she loved them. She was more of a realist than her family was. I loved Asher as well. And while the romance between them was a bit sudden, it also kind of had to be, given the time frame of the novel. I won’t say anything about the ending though, because I don’t want to give away what happens.
This book had me thinking. It used to be I would avoid stories like this, because they always remind me of my mortality. But that is also why I read books like this, and Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, or If I Stay by Gayle Forman. Because they help me, little by little, to confront what I’m afraid. I don’t want to die. I really don’t, and sometimes I have panic attacks about it. But reading these kinds of stories I think helps me accept it in bits and pieces.
This is a contemporary debut you don’t want to miss, it had me laughing and crying all the way to the end. I will most definitely be adding this to my collection when it hits shelves.

2 Responses to “The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder”

  1. flashlight_reader

    I’m so glad you liked this one. I loved it! I’m with you, I don’t ususally read books like this, but this one was great. I felt the same range of emotions had a sense of peace with the ending. It was amazing.

    I hope this book gets more coverage as it gets closer to the release date.

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