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Maybe a Miracle

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2007

    one of my faves

    couldn't put it down, funny, sad, though-provoking, inspiring

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2006

    Quirky, thoughtful & fun

    A wonderful book with slight tones of 'The Lovely Bones' and 'Catcher in the Rye'. A really excellent read, with thought-provoking subjects.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2006


    Maybe a Miracle is a thought-provoking debut book for Brian Strause. Many small but significant insights and quirky characters add to the appeal of the book. A very skeptic book, it appeals to sarcastic minds moreso than others, though a good read for anyone. While reading the book, many of the comments did make me stop and think... why is using God's name in vain more offensive to a Christian than using a vulgar word not tied to God? Monroe is an average teenager, one that could be seen walking the halls of a high school right now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2005

    wonderful writing tells a great story

    What a gem this book is! With a story as fresh and bizarre as you could hope for, and a young narrator that views the world through prematurely jaded eyes, this wonderful debut novel carries readers along on a weird new path through very familiar landscape. Set in suburban America, the lifestyle and characters are known to us all, but the family tragedy that turns life into an everyday circus makes 'Maybe a Miracle' far more compelling than your average family drama. Monroe, the narrator, is a wonderful story teller-- his take on the events that unfold is cynical and wry, but with an unmistakable tenderness and longing for a return to normalcy. He wishes he could be more optimistic about the future of his comatose beloved little sister, but it doesn't seem to be in his nature. However, while he doubts his mother's certainty that Annika is 'still in there', just to play it safe he plays Parliament Funkadelic records for her, to balance out the Neil Diamond their mother is blasting her with. His voice and his actions ring true on every page. But truer still are the confessions he makes to us, the readers. He tells us the things he would never speak aloud-- not to his parents, who probably wouldn't listen anyway, and certainly not to his sadistic older brother, who takes every word or action from Monroe as a new opportunity to humiliate and abuse him. But as the readers, we get to hear the whole story-- his bitterness, his fear, and his hope, quickly fading though it is. I found myself cheering him on at times, wanting to throttle him at others, but always caring what happened next. This book is touching, compelling, and very funny. My only disappointment is the book's title 'Maybe a Miracle' is far too lackluster and simpering to really give a reader any glimpse of how cool this book is.

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