Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
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.
I love when authors take my heart and crush it into tiny little pieces, but then make it swell like a balloon. Keep playing with my emotions, because I love to read and feel. The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder is a book that gets under your skin. Campbell Cooper, main character, is a person who I totally was invested in and I connected with her character and rooted for her.
My favorite thing about this novel was Cam. She was perfect. She is what I want all the heroines I read about to be. She’s sarcastic and brutally honest, yet you know that she cares deeply for those people she is close to. Her mother and her sister especially. Hard outer shell, warm and gooey center! Cam handles her impending death with the class and acceptance that you would expect from someone well beyond her years.
Cam isn’t the only character that is incredible well written. I loved them all! From the quirky residents of Promise, Cam’s Nana, and Lily!
Cam and Asher were mesmerizing. Cam was sarcastic and real. You could feel her fear and insecurity. I totally understood why she was trying to protect herself (her heart). And I LOVED how she changed throughout the book. It was so heartwarming. Asher is a little different. He’s not dying like Cam is, but he is guarded. He has a fear of loss, so it’s hard for him to leave Promise. He feels like if he leaves his mystical home, everything will come crashing down on him. All of these characters were flawed and real. More real than I could have imagined. Their imperfections were captivating.
The only problem I had with this novel is that it was told through a third person perspective. I feel that when a story is told through third person, you don’t to connect with the characters as much compared to when a story is told through first person.
Unforgettable characters and a beautiful story. Defiantly believe that this story is one of the underrated books that everyone deserves to read at least once in their lifetime.
-Read On Darlings!