Thursday, November 17, 2011

Up and Coming: The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

Katie tells us why this book made her abandon one of her "never read" rules:

The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

Release Date: December 8, 2011

There is a reason that people tell you never to say never. Like when I swore a decade ago after an ill-advised Lurlene McDaniel binge that I would never again read a teen cancer novel. Inevitably, never always turns into a someday (or some book) that makes you want to take back your words. And for me that book was The Probability of Miracles.

Campbell is 17 years old and dying, which has all the trappings of a premise that will have you in tears starting on page one. But instead Cam makes you laugh again and again. She has a sharp mind (the sort that has been accepted to Harvard) and an even sharper wit. The one thing she doesn’t have though is time.

Desperate to save her daughter, Cam’s mom, Alicia, packs up Cam and her sister, Perry, and heads for the Promised Land. Or the next best thing: Promise, Maine. Promise has a reputation of being a place where miracles happen--flamingos hang out in the ocean, snow might fall in July, and the sun sets in the same place that it rises (in fact, sometimes it sets all day). But can it pull off the biggest miracle of all and turn Cam into a believer?

Surrounded by amazing people--her mom the Disney performer, her sister who believes in unicorns, Asher who has his own mythology, and the Lands End catalog kids--Cam is loved, but struggles to show love in return. Instead of devolving into cliche, though, Cam's unique voice keeps the story fresh and her perspective authentic.
This is a beautiful story about paying attention to the little things, living in the moment, and learning to love. It’s also a showcase of really great writing and superb dialogue. Cam is the sort of character who will stay with you long after her story is over.

1 comment:

Kady said...

Word. This book is money.