The Probability of Miracles

The Probability of Miracles

by Wendy Wunder

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ISBN-13: 9781595144805
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 07/05/2012
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 473,846
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

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 Boston.

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The Probability of Miracles 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
epicrat More than 1 year ago
Dandelions, flamingoes, and a town named Promise? Everything about The Probability Of Miracles sounds too good to be true. Improbably so. And yet. somehow Wendy Wunder pulls you into this story with main character whose doubts outnumber her dreams and leaves you wanting to believe that wishes can come true. THE GOOD BITS {Cam's humor with the perfect dash of sarcasm.} Without a doubt, this story would be way different if there had been any less snark - or if there had been too much. Maybe more melancholy, maybe more tragic, but definitely a lot less enjoyable. Cam and I share the same sort of humor - the same reflex to crack a joke, even during the worst of times - the same need to guard ourselves from heartbreak and disappointment, even when happiness seems possible. Which made it a lot easier for me to sink into The Probability Of Miracles and follow Cam as her shields start to melt. {The bucket list.} What an ambitious to-do list! Delectably realistic that ranges from the simple to silly to emotionally-fragile. Life is all about risks, and living is all about taking them - or choosing not to. Cam makes a list of experiences that she considers "normal" for a teenager which involves breaking both hearts and rules. I loved how you never quite knew how certain items would play out. {Little sister Perry.} I loved this little cupcake of a girl! Not too young to fade into the background, not too old to make the drama into a catfight. She provided some comic relief when Cam turned into a regular Grumpy. I also have to admire Perry's cheerful-but-tough exterior. She reminds me a little of Scrappy Doo: tiny, adorable, and wise beyond her years. THE BAD BITS {Almost too perfect?} I honestly cannot complain too much about The Probability Of Miracles being too perfect - because I wouldn't want it any other way. Wendy Wunder dished out the right balance between good and bad news, and while sometimes the good news felt too good to be true, I think it reflects how life can sometimes hand you lemonade when hope seems like a big joke. THE OVERALL If I learned anything from The Probability Of Miracles, it is that hope can be persistent, especially when you have loved ones. Quirky, unexpected, sarcastic, bittersweet, and altogether full of life, this story will steal your breath away - from laughing, from crying, and from sheer wonder when Promise, Maine, lives up to its name.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi everybody! I am twelve now and I read this book when i was eleven. I love this book and there are so many reasons why! The top two being that my sister has a rare disease that eats away her bones, therefore making it relatable, and this book is amazibgly written and never lets you get bored. TEN MILLION STARS!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A really truely awesome book . Not your average cheesey teen book. You'll laugh , you'll cry .... you'll be inspired. Love , love , love! Read it!
Jenny_Geek More than 1 year ago
First of all, I really enjoy that the author's name is Wendy Wunder. I can't help but think of how well it coincides with what her book is about, miracles and believing in them. The main character, Cam, has been dealing with cancer for seven long years. When the story starts, she has just received news that her cancer is still spreading. Her mother and younger sister refuse to give up on her, even though Cam has pretty much given up, and they move her to Promise, Maine which has been deemed a miraculous place because of all the events that occur there. Oh goodness, I'm starting to cry while I'm typing this... Cam is already starting to think about how her family will have to move on without her and how life will have go on. I understood her dry humor, because it was her way of dealing with her impending death. I can't imagine have to deal with the horrors of cancer as a young person. As someone who stood on the sidelines and never gave up hope even though cancer took my grandmother 8 years ago, I can't help but feel for Cam's mother and sister. They never stopped believing or giving up hope. I know just how hard it is to accept that a beloved family member is going to die and have to watch them slowly deteriorate. I also completely empathized with Cam's younger sister for having to take the backseat and make a lot of sacrifices for the health of her older sister. I dearly understood her anger with Cam when she wouldn't believe that miracles could happen. I loved watching Cam grow emotionally throughout this book. I will say the only drawback was that the romance between her and Asher started out slow, but then suddenly felt rushed. I had a hard time accepting that in the story. This is a tough story, but well worth the read. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fantastic novel. Heartfelt without being sappy, hilarious without being silly. And the writing is so good...it's obvious the author clearly cares not just about her characters, but about every word.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really did like this book. Not one of my favorites or anything, but i's pretty good. I like how it's different. Like a girl growing up in Disneyland? That's pretty unique and cool. But honestly, I didn't like Cam for the majority of the story. She was funny, and honest, but I just didn't get why she couldn't at least try for her family. Though, I did end up liking her more towards the end. I also liked her bucketlist. It wasn't your typical go sky-diving and bunjee-jumping bucketlist. It was different, and I really like the freshness of it. But overall, it was pretty good. Sad, but not heartbreaking (since I saw it coming the whole time). A really nice book. Plus, I loved the cover and the colors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its beautiful like a summer sunset
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I an aunt of a fifteen year old girl and am often searching for books she will enjoy that I can also support -- The Probability of Miracles is it. Beautifully written, with a strong voice and hilarious, original characters. Although the main character is dying, she is so ALIVE, you nearly forget it. Truly a book about living. This was my favorite YA book of 2011, and my niece's as well! We can't wait to read what is next from Wendy Wunder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A sweet story with an unexpected ending. Full of very good life mottos. An almost perfect romance.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ever wondered what having cancer as a teen is like? 17 year old Cambell knows. Campbell is uprooted from her home to go on a trip with her mother and sister to a tiny town in Maine. There she finds first love, friends, and the meaning of family. This trip is supposed to make her feel better. So why isn't it? I believe this book should be read by girls in the late years of middle school and the first years of high school. I think that Campbell's struggles with fitting in will show that it is perfectly normal to have these problems. Another reason I believe a young high schooler should read this is to show them how to deal with frustration. If something goes wrong, it's not the end of he world. Lastly, I think this will aid younger kids on how to make friend even if they feel different. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cam is so wonderfully cynical, she'll make you want to hug her and laugh with her at the rest of the world's folly all at once. Despite being a semi-Mary-Sue, constantly needing the aid of the love interest, Campbell Maria Cooper's story is one I wouldn't miss for half the world. Her Lands End friends and her tree-robbing Nana make the book well worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this story! Its so beautiful in a sense that there are people like cam. People who seem to have no hope but then suddenly find it when they stop looking. I love the change in cams feelings and her growing relationship with Asher. I would certainly reccomend this to someone who wants a great story to inspire them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Havnt read it yet but by just reading the description i think it will very interesting for me
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BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
    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 family.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book about a year and a half ago and was just browsing through books on my nook and instantly remembered everything and wanted to write a review. Its 2:38 am This book was an amazing book (5stars) the author realy did a great job of making you fell like you were there. The one thing i didnt realy enjoy is that for most of the book the main character is throwing herself a pitty party. The romance was believable as was her family and impending death i would reccomend this book to ages14 and up because there was an awkward romance scene or two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutist fell in lobe with this book. Its just so realistic. My mom had cancer when I was 13. It was heartbreaking to see her go threw it but she survived. This book gabe me closure. Cam was so relatable for me. Id always held a guilt for my mom gettinh cancer thinking I should've been the one to get it. After reading cams struggles and the flamingo list and true love actually happening it gave me hope and lifted the guilt away from me. Thank you Wendy for making such a beautiful book that I couldn't put down. It sure did touch this young teenagers guarded heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book last year but still remember the whole thing. It is a touching story and good for teenage girls. Like me! :) I highly reccomend this book.
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I read this book in 1 day because I couldn't put it down. I love the fact that Wendy Wunder makes the most outrageous thinks become real. I would read it again in a heartbeat.
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