Saturday, June 2, 2012

Review: The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

Kindle Edition: 360 pages 
Release date: December 8th, 2011
Publisher: Razorbill
Goodreads Rating: 4.05 
Goodreads 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.
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Since finding out about the release of this book, I immediately knew I had to get my hands on it. After many months of waiting I finally had the chance to do so. Even with the excitement, it took me awhile to start reading it because the subject of cancer is quite sensitive to my family—having an uncle died of it and an aunt as a survivor, while my mom has been fighting Lupus for over a decade now. I’m glad I picked it up when I deemed myself ready because after putting it down, I was emotionally spent.

At first hundred pages, I could connect neither to the story nor the main character. It’s the biggest problem when you dislike being in the skin of a negative and blatantly sarcastic heroine like Cam. Against my initial criticism, I continued to immerse in her story. I know exactly nothing about a mind of a teenage cancer patient which helps me understand and open my mind. The good thing about her personality though, was her honesty and her love for animals. I was happy to see the transformation Promise, Maine has brought her. What makes it real is the time it took for her to see and realize the wonders of life. It didn’t happen with a snap of fingers and rather developed in a believable pace. She started to believe in things— things she has never believed in before like miracles and true love.

More than half of the book fell flat to me I almost put it down. I’m glad I didn’t because the remaining pages eclipsed the tediousness of the first half. I was indulged with a more alive and even romantic atmosphere. The plot doesn’t have complications and I didn’t have to guess to know what will happen in the end. Does it lessen the emotional impact to me? Definitely not. It wraps up with the kind of bittersweet ending that left me wanting for more, while at the same time resolving that it is the perfect one for this book.

The Probability of Miracles is a beautiful story of love, family, friendship and believing in unexpected, wonderful things that may happen in our lives. I recommend it to everyone especially to all the teens out there. This is the debut novel of Wendy Wunder and I can say I’m definitely on the lookout for another book of hers after this one.

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