The Probability of Miracles

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Penguin, Dec 8, 2011 - Young Adult Fiction - 368 pages
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A dying teen learns to live in this heart wrenching debut the New York Times Book Review calls, “Funny and entertaining.”

Campbell Cooper has never been in love. And if the doctors are right, she'll never have the chance. So when she's told she needs a miracle, her family moves 1,500 miles north to Promise, Maine--a place where amazing, unexplainable events are said to occur--like it or not. And when a mysterious envelope arrives, containing a list of things for Cam to do before she dies, she finally learns to believe--in love, in herself, and maybe even in miracles, as improbable as they may seem.
 

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I've wanted to read Probability of Miracles for quite some time now, and am pleased to finally get that chance. Ever since falling in love with Lurlene McDaniel's books when I was younger, I have been attracted to any stories with cancer or illnesses, so of course the synopsis caught my attention.
This is more than a story about cancer though, it is a journey of family, accepting that sometimes life deals crappy hands and deciding how to live the life that you have. It is also a different kind of protag. Cam is a Samoan, which is a culture that I don't know much about, and glad to read about. She grew up at Disney, the Polynesian resort, and as a Disney lover myself and member of vacation club, I loved the backdrop of the setting before they head off to Maine looking for their miracle. Cam is also fiery and sarcastic, and I love her brand of humor. She is pessimistic but then learns to hope and wants to help her family who believes in miracles while she doesn't.
Her mom is a non-traditional but she is involved in Cam's life, and supports and loves her and Perry, Cam's little sister. I loved Cam and Perry's banter, light hearted for the most part but they have some real conversations.
As for Asher and the romance. I very much enjoyed it, and that it didn't revolve around her illness. He saw her whole person and they helped each other to live more than they thought they would or fuller than thought possible. There are some hot and also fade to black scenes.
The ending was fitting but sad. I wasn't completely satisfied right as I put it down, but looking back I think that the real miracle was the closeness she got with her family, the time that she wasn't thinking about dying and being sick and finding love with Asher.
Bottom Line: Sarcastic main character going through a hard time with her illness goes on a journey that brings her closer than ever to her family.
 

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Probably giving this a 4.5, though the whole reading experience was magical. To write a full review soon. :-) - - - More book reviews and bookish posts here. There was just something so magical about ... Read full review

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ELEVEN
FOURTEEN
SEVENTEEN
TWENTY
TWENTYTHREE
TWENTYSIX
TWENTYNINE
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When she's not writing or spending time with her miraculous daughter, Cadence, Wendy teaches yoga in Boston. Like Cam, she has always wanted a Volkswagen Beetle in Vapor. The Probability of Miracles is her first novel, and yes, Wendy Wunder is her real name. You can visit her online at www.probabilityofmiracles.com.

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