Monday, December 26, 2011

Book Review: The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

Monday, December 26, 2011
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Publisher: Razorbill (Penguin)
Series: Standalone
Source: Publisher
Rating: 5 stars

The Probability of Miracles

Cam Cooper is sixteen and dying. After seven years with cancer, she's given up on miracles and magic, choosing instead to believe only in cold, hard science. But her mom, latching onto her last hope, decides to take her to Promise, Maine. It's a place where miracles supposedly happen, where the improbable is probable. Cam doesn't buy into any of it, but as her stay there grows longer, some of her sentiments start to change.

This book is perfect.

It's heartbreaking, uplifting, smart, and meaningful. By the time I had finished the first chapter, I knew I was going to give it 5 stars.

Cam is my favorite type of protagonist: sharp-tongued, clever, and loyal. The fact that this novel is written in third person doesn't keep the reader from getting inside her head, but rather, I felt closer to Cam than many first-person narrators. Cam's family is also wonderful and funny, a mixture of cultures and personalities and so much love.

The settings are incredible. The start of the book is in Disney World, where Cam has grown up, so you get to see "The Happiest Place on Earth" through a native's eyes. And Promise, Maine is not only magical, but real and beautiful, too.

And the plot. It's perfect and moving and masterfully done. Wunder is so ridiculously talented, and it just becomes more clear with each page how skilled she is.

Definitely read this book.

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Do you believe in miracles? Leave a comment!


  1. I already had this on my TBR list for a day now as well as boy saves girl and now I'm even more interested in giving this a shot

  2. I thought the Disney aspect was interesting, because Cam can see the plasticness of it all - the stereotypes, the generalizations, the "small world" - but it also offers her opportunities to celebrate and share her cultural heritage. I'm not sure that I believe in miracles, but I do believe in good and amazing and unusual happenings. Thought this book was very sweet.


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