The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
Campbell Cooper has never been in love. And if the doctors are right, she’ll never have the chance. So when she’s told she needs a miracle, her family moves 1,500 miles north to Promise, Maine—a place where amazing, unexplainable events are said to occur—like it or not. And when a mysterious envelope arrives, containing a list of things for Cam to do before she dies, she finally learns to believe—in love, in herself, and maybe even in miracles, as improbable as they may seem.
I wasn’t crazy about this book. In fact, I probably wouldn’t have liked it at all if it weren’t for the ending, which was kind of redeeming. I feel like Wunder didn’t let us get very close to Campbell, and Asher was a little too perfect, while Perry was the embodiment of the tween stereotype. I didn’t even find it that funny. Plus, there were a few quotes I absolutely hated:
She also bashes on Disney throughout the book. I understand that it wouldn’t hold the same magical glow for Cam as it does for most kids, since she grew up there. But there are a lot of ways to make it obvious a character doesn’t like something without making it sound like anyone who does like said thing is idiotic.
Then there’s Cam’s whole Flamingo List thing. She plans on losing her virginity to an asshole and getting her heart broken, and then when she makes it happen she gets all pissed about it. To be fair, Alec was an asshole, but still.
Throughout the book, things seem to work out just a little too perfectly. Cam instantly makes friends. They miraculously find a town that’s supposed to be impossible to find. They go skinny dipping and dolphins just happen to show up. The puppy survives against all odds. Buddy the flamingo is taken care of in Maine. Asher finds his way out of a storm that should have killed him just in time to see Campbell one more time. And yes, I know Promise is a town of miracles, supposedly, but there is such a thing as overdoing it.
As I said before, though, the ending was kind of redeeming. I felt like the rest of the book was “too good to be true,” but the ending at least was somewhat realistic.
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