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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Review: The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

Publication Date: December 8th, 2011
Publisher: Razorbill
Page Count: 360 pages
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own *
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.
I just finished Probability of Miracles about 3 minutes ago (this was on January 23rd!!!), but I really wanted to write this review while my emotions were still fresh. At first, I thought this book was going to be incredibly depressing, considering it’s about a girl who gets cancer, but it was actually so inspiring. Wunder is a wonder with words (teehee!) and I can’t wait to read more by her!

Cam is an awesome female protagonist. She’s so strong, despite having battled cancer for most of her life. She’s also seriously hilarious and snarky. I just loved her sarcastic attitude and how she doesn’t let herself get down just because she has cancer. And Asher.. ohh Asher. He is one of the sweetest guys I’ve read about in a long time. The relationship between him and Cam develops really slowly and naturally, which is fantastic because you know how I hate insta-love.

Wunder is an amazing writer and the way she develops her characters and her settings really made me feel like I was in the story and that Cam and her friends were all my friends as well. The way she describes the town of Promise is just breathtaking. And have you seen that cover? It’s so eye-catching and just pops!

Probability of Miracles is a fantastic read that I enjoyed from beginning to end. Despite Cam’s struggles with cancer, she really understands the need to live life to the fullest, and she doesn’t let people make her feel bad for being sick. Despite the fact that I thought this book was going to be a heartbreaker, it really made me look at the way I live life, and helped me understand that life is short and we should all appreciate the time we have. If you’re a contemp fan you’ll fall head over heels in love with this one!!

10 comments:

  1. I've had my eye on this one for awhile but have never picked up a copy, I'll definitely have to change that soon though! This book sounds amazing. I can't wait to read it. I love that the relationship develops slowly as I am also not a fan of insta-love. Great review :)

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  2. I definitely need to pick up a copy of this. Every now and then I enjoy a good heartbreaker. Great review! :)

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  3. Some books I absolutely need to review while my feelings are fresh, and this definitely sounds like one of those. I've heard nothing but praise for this book and I guess I need to stop dragging my feet and read it now!

    Thanks for the great review :)
    -Jac @ For Love and Books

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  4. Okay, I need a copy of this immediately! Thanks for the great review! I will definitely be reading this soon. :)
    -Rachel

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  5. I thought this book would be a heartbreaker too so it's a pleasant surprise when you say it's not! Cam and Asher's relationship sounds so sweet, I love that their relationship develops gradually. Cam definitely seems like a protagonist I'd adore, strong and sarcastic. I'm going to try to read this book soon. Beautiful review, Anna! :)

    Novel Sounds

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  6. Every review I have read for this book is excellent. This isn't typically the type of book I would read, but I am so intrigued by it. Thank you for the fabulous review!!

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  7. I've got to check this one out. I've heard such stunning things about it, even from those who don't typically enjoy contemporary. I really love books that get me to feel something, so I'll have to check this out. :D

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  8. great review! I've heard very few things about this book, but those things RAVE about it. Definitely intrigues me to check into it a bit more!

    Ashelynn @ Gypsy Book Reviews.

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  9. OHHH. This book looks good. Like, seriously.

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  10. I so want to read this! I don't think I've ever seen a bad review on it at all and it sounds like a great refreshing read that actually had depth and makes you think.

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