The Compulsive Reader: The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

Friday, December 30, 2011

The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

Campbell has cancer, and she's tried every treatment. Now her doctor has told her there's nothing more to do but wait for the end. So Cam's mother does the only thing she can—she packs Cam and her younger sister up and heads for Promise, Maine. Miracles happen there--every day ones, and even bigger ones, yet Cam doesn't really believe in them. But she's not done living yet, and she sets out to get the most out of the last summer of her life.

The Probability of Miracles is a very quirky novel that is surprisingly humorous and poignant. Cam is such an interesting and complex character—you may not agree with her beliefs or her rather frank view of her own impending death, but she does have a vibrant personality and her antics in crossing off the things on her Flamingo List (what she calls her bucket list) are memorable and humorous. The eccentricities of Promise are everything you could hope for in a miraculous town—magical and curious with intriguing characters rooted in reality. Everything comes together nicely in Maine—Cam's endeavors to live fully, how she deals with heartbreak, her romance with Asher, a boy from Promise with his own issues, and even the happiness of Cam's mother and sister. On the surface, this book is deceptively simple—it seems to be about learning to believe in miracles. But in between uproariously funny lines and highly emotional ones that will catch you off guard (like Cam's sudden epiphany that "she'd be spending the rest of her short life making other people feel better about the prospect of losing her"), you will find that this is more than a silly pink book about miracles, but one about the probability of faith, love, heartache, forgiveness, acceptance, and learning to let go. Wunder proves that miracles aren't found in life, but in living.

Cover Comments: I actually really like the vivid pink of this cover and and the feather cut out--it's pretty cool. The font is also very awesome, and I think it fits the story well.

ARC provided by publisher.

Click here to check out my interview with Wendy Wunder and read an excerpt!


The Reading Enchantress said...

Great review! I may have been the only one who didn't care for this book. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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