The Probability of Miracles

The Probability of Miracles

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A dying teen learns to live in this heart wrenching debut the New York Times Book Review calls, "Funny and entertaining." Campbell Cooper has never been in love. And if the doctors are right about her cancer, 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."Wonderfully bittersweet, with just as much humor as sadness."--Seventeen.comshow more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 139.7 x 205.74 x 25.4mm | 340.19g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • None
  • 1595144803
  • 9781595144805
  • 168,066

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"Funny and entertaining." --"New York Times Book Review ""The story unfolds through narration as beautiful as 'the sun's everlasting gobstopper descent behind the lighthouse.'"--"Kirkus, "STARRED REVIEW "A witty, clever, meaningful, kind of kooky life-sometimes-stinks-but-it's-all-we-have tour de force."--"School Library Journal," STARRED REVIEW "Wonderfully bittersweet, with just as much humor as sadness."--" ""A funny, quirky, and uplifting novel that will stay with the reader long after one is finished reading it."--"Library Media Connection ""Some readers prefer a little whimsy and bittersweet philosophy to tear-jerking and the story of Cam's final summer will be just what they are looking for."--"Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books ""This tale of romance, adventure, chasing dreams, and finding the power in home is a DO NOT MISS!""--Justine Magazine" "Hilarious, wry, heartbreaking, and profound all at the same time."--Sara Shepard, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of "Pretty Little Liars"show more

About Wendy Wunder

Wendy Wunder (yes, that is her real name) is also the author of The Museum of Intangible Things. When she's not writing or spending time with her family, she teaches yoga in more

Rating details

8,683 ratings
3.94 out of 5 stars
5 35% (3,064)
4 34% (2,987)
3 22% (1,877)
2 6% (559)
1 2% (196)

Our customer reviews

I've wanted to read Probability of Miracles for quite some time now, and am pleased to finally get that chance. Ever since falling in love with Lurlene McDaniel's books when I was younger, I have been attracted to any stories with cancer or illnesses, so of course the synopsis caught my attention. This is more than a story about cancer though, it is a journey of family, accepting that sometimes life deals crappy hands and deciding how to live the life that you have. It is also a different kind of protag. Cam is a Samoan, which is a culture that I don't know much about, and glad to read about. She grew up at Disney, the Polynesian resort, and as a Disney lover myself and member of vacation club, I loved the backdrop of the setting before they head off to Maine looking for their miracle. Cam is also fiery and sarcastic, and I love her brand of humor. She is pessimistic but then learns to hope and wants to help her family who believes in miracles while she doesn't. Her mom is a non-traditional but she is involved in Cam's life, and supports and loves her and Perry, Cam's little sister. I loved Cam and Perry's banter, light hearted for the most part but they have some real conversations. As for Asher and the romance. I very much enjoyed it, and that it didn't revolve around her illness. He saw her whole person and they helped each other to live more than they thought they would or fuller than thought possible. There are some hot and also fade to black scenes. The ending was fitting but sad. I wasn't completely satisfied right as I put it down, but looking back I think that the real miracle was the closeness she got with her family, the time that she wasn't thinking about dying and being sick and finding love with Asher. Bottom Line: Sarcastic main character going through a hard time with her illness goes on a journey that brings her closer than ever to her more
by Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
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