The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

How did I get the book? I bought it.

click meGenre: Contemporary

First Impression: Reminds me of Before I Die.

Synopsis: 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; flamingos 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.

200words (or less) review: The Probability of Miracles begins with Cam finding out that there a no more treatments left, her mother unwilling to give up, takes Cam and her younger sister to Promise. A town that is supposedly full of miracles. Cam is unconvinced, she has other plans which involve crossing of items of her Flamingo List – the things she wants to do before she dies.

Cam is a sarcastic narrator but not as much as I thought given the cover blurb. She is also angry, worried and lovable. My favourite moments were her adopting Homer (he’s a lobster) and trying to bring the miracles her mother and sister believe in to life.

The Flamigo List narrates a good part of the story, I liked the fact that her ‘wishes’ didn’t necessarily work out the way she wanted. The longer she stays in Promise the more her hardened exterior melts. There is a lot of growth between the Cam at the beginning of the book and Cam at the end.

The Probability of Miracles is full of humour, things that might be miracles and Cam leaning to trust herself and others.

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