Monday, 10 September 2012

Review: The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

There are two ways to live your life:
·         One is as though nothing is a miracle
·         The other is as though everything is a miracle
 Albert Einstein

That’s how Wendy Wunder started the Probability of Miracles.
Campbell Maria Cooper had been through a lot. Her father passed away and she had cancer. In her last visit to the doctor, every hope for her was lost. The cancer was everywhere.
    So when she accidentally came across a list —THE FLAMINGO LIST — she wrore last year at summer camp she thought “Why not?”.
   As far as her family was concerned, Campbell had an 11-year old half sister, Perry, and Alicia, her mother.
  Alicia never gave up on her daughter. In fact she believed that there was a miracle town called Promise that could heal Campbell. So the family packed their belongings and said goodbye to Izanagi, Alicia’s boyfriend.
   And that’s where Campbell lived a lifetime in just one summer, checked everything on her list and found true love in the face of Asher.
    The family stayed in Asher’s mansion, since it was empty. She made good friends, got a summer job, experienced weird things and events —miracles? —  and got accepted to Harvard. She started feeling a whole lot better, but cancer made its comeback and it was final. 
But what mattered to her was that she left behind a united family that she knew it would move on.

THE FLAMINGO LIST (in the order it happened in the book)

1.         Experience with petty shoplifting
2.         Have an awkward moment with my best friend’s boyfriend
3.         Dabble in some innocent stalking behavior
4.         Lose my virginity at a keg party
5.         Have my heart broken by an asshole
6.         Kill my little sister’s dreams
7.         Wallow in misery, mope, pout and sleep through Saturday
8.         Go cow-tipping ( close enough to donkey napping)
9.         Get fired from a summer job
10.      Stay out all night

Goodreads 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; 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.

Rating: 4 stars

Hardcover, 360 pages
Published December 8th 2011 by Razorbill

Author: Wendy Wunder

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