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March 14, 2012

Review: The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder - Juhina

The Probability of Miracles
Title: The Probability of Miracles
Author: Wendy Wunder
Publication date: December 8th, 2011
Publisher: Razorbill
Genre(s): Young Adult (Contemporary)
Challenges: TBR challenge
Source: own
Pages: 357
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.
Wow.. just wow. This book was SO DIFFERENT from what I was expecting going into the story. Yes it is about a cancer patient, going to a 'magical' place that might cure the cancer, but I wasn't expecting the book to be dripping with sarcasm. First of, Cam was basically dragged into this supposed magical town, because she has given up. She doesn't think she'll ever be cured and just accepted it. However, by accepting her fate she didn't just lock herself in her room and treat herself as a weak cancer patient, she went all out. Half of what she did in the story, I would never have the guts to do! It definitely made me rethink my predisposed ideas of the definition of a 'sick patient'. 
At the beginning I wasn't entirely comfortable with Wendy Wunder's writing. It seemed too direct and full on. However as I continued reading, I found myself enjoying the writing, and laughing along multiple times. Cam is definitely the comic relief in this story, ironic since she, herself, is the reason for the grief and sad aspect in the story. Some parts of the book had me gasping, while others just warmed my heart, especially Cam and her love for animals. This book is a perfect contemporary that warms your heart but at the same time doesn't lose sight of the reality of the situation, even with all the magical wackiness that occurs. I'm pretty sure those were there for a reason, and that is to bring back the hope and dreams of the future that Cam believes she can't have, and to let her live in the moment, because the right now is what we can guarantee. All in all this book is fantastic and you should all read it and I can't wait to read the next novel by Wendy!  
4.5  musical notes


  1. I really enjoyed this one too! Great review!

  2. I love a book that makes me laugh out loud! Great review!

  3. Great review, Juhina! I'll definitely be getting a copy of this. :)

  4. I love that this story has some comic relief. I think that is def needed in books that deal with more serious issues like sickness or death. I wasn't planning on picking this book up before, but your review has made me want to check it out. Thanks for the great review! :)

  5. This sounds like a really interesting book and I like the plot. I'll have to add it to my list!

  6. I have this on audiobook and am planning to read it (listen to it) soon. I keep hearing great things about it too. I'm glad it was comical. I love a good laugh. Great review.

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