Release Date: December 8, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Gift from friend
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.
The Probability of Miracles wasn’t even on my radar until a few weeks ago when bloggers started posting their reviews around the release date. When I finally read the blurb I thought…’Hmmm that sounds like something I would like.’ Turns out it was something I would love.
Cam is probably one of the best main characters I have ever read. She’s damaged beyond belief, but instead of being mopy and depressed she is super sarcastic and witty. Dry wit is something that I adore. Cam has lots of opinions on everything, they were all entertaining. Her voice comes through loud and clear in the novel and I couldn’t help but love her.
I was honestly expecting The Probability of Miracles to be more heartbreaking than it was. There are moments in the book that shatter your heart in subtle ways, but for the most part the story was fun for me. I only shed one tear the entire book and I’m a crier so that quite the accomplishment.
The Probability of Miracles is about Cam’s journey to come to terms with her death, or maybe it’s about Cam’s journey to learn the power of hope. Maybe it’s about both of those things. Whatever it is, it’s powerful and beautiful wrapped up in this quirky magical realism. That’s what the book felt like to me, magic.