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The Probability of Miracles

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,139 Ratings  ·  1,140 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published December 8th 2011 by Razorbill (first published January 1st 2011)
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Alexa
Aug 18, 2011 Alexa rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Girl Saves Boy by Steph Bowe

My review can also be found on my blog Collections.

3 - 3.5 stars

This is mostly what I kept thinking while reading the book: 'Hmm...'Which equaled other sentences like 'When am I going to get hooked to this story?' and 'I'm not feeling it.' Basically this book didn't quite do it for me. I really wanted to like it. In fact, I was hoping to LOVE it. But it didn't happen. I didn't hate it though. I thought it was just okay.

The Probability of Miracles reminded me in a way of an Australian young-adult
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Kristi
Dec 31, 2011 Kristi rated it really liked it
One word. Incredible.

I was apprehensive about reading this novel. The big C has hit my family this year, and I wasn’t sure how I was going to react to reading a book about a girl dying of cancer. I was anticipating that this novel was going to be a heavy read, I thought it would hit to close to home and that I wouldn’t be able to “enjoy” the story.

I did.

I not only enjoyed reading this novel, it is one of my favorite novels of 2011. This book hits you hard, well maybe it just hit me hard, but it
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Maxi  ♥
*2.5 stars*
She'd trained herself for so long not to want or to hope or to wish, that she had a hard time pinning down something to ask for.
And she was content. She had her car. She had her bird, and she was on the road, running. If she kept running, maybe the cancer would never catch up with her.


This was my first book of 2015, and also a total cover buy. The actual cover is even prettier in real life, and I blame Tumblr because I saw this book on a blog and I just had to have it. I hardly knew
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Inge
43%

I'm not sure which part was supposed to be "funny" or "entertaining", but I didn't enjoy this story at all. I found Cam to be highly unlikeable -- she was bitter (understandable), she shoplifted, and stuff on her to-do list involved things like kissing her best friend's boyfriend and engage in some minor stalking.

On top of that, she also (view spoiler) and that's just glanced over, which is where I ended. From what I can tell from the cover and the blurb, this was su
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Mafi
May 13, 2016 Mafi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eng, 2016
O livro teria sido melhor se:
- Não tivesse com a cabeça na lua grande parte da leitura (suspiro)
- Não tivesse, por pura estupidez, visto o spoiler do final quando avisava que era spoiler.
- Não me tivesse dado a preguiça de ler em inglês durante a leitura.

(...)

Começou muito bem, com a introdução da personagem principal, a Cam, e toda a sua condição física e psicológica. Estando naquele momento a batalhar um cancro terminal, já há muito tempo que deixou de acreditar em terapias e curas e portanto
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Eunice
3.5 stars

Won't there be any cancer book out there that will not make me cry in the end? Or at least make the main character survive and live? Why do they always have to die?!

If it wasn't for the last third of this book, which was really beautiful and heartwarming, I might have really given this a 2 or 2.5 stars. Cam's too cynic attitude really didn't help me to like her and her story right away. Instead of being sympathetic of her I was a bit annoyed and frustrated. I understand her situation a
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April
Oct 14, 2012 April rated it it was amazing
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, maine character, is a person who I totally was invested in and I connected with her character and rooted for her.

Read the rest of my review here
Emily  (ObsessedReader)
This book is WAY underrated
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
BEAUTIFUL. Simply beautiful.

I had no idea what to expect when I started this book. I don't typically like books that tend to be heavy. I like my books light and fluffy. Afterall, they are my escape. The synopsis does a pretty good job of summarizing the book, but it doesn't tell you how beautiful the writing is. (sigh)

I loved Cam and Asher. I loved Nana and Pery. All of the characters were great and did such a great job of complimenting one another. Nana is hilarious. I found it hilarious that s
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

2.5 Stars

Cam has been battling neuroblastoma for the past seven years. She has been to every specialist and endured every treatment. Her most recent scan tells her there’s nothing else that can be done. While Cam is prepared to give up her fight, her mother isn’t so willing to let her go just yet. Packing up a U-Haul and moving from Florida to a town in Maine called Promise is the last hope. Does this secluded little place really have
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Yan
Aug 01, 2011 Yan rated it it was amazing
This is a very early review (about 6 months too early) but I have to gush about this book. It was bittersweet, beautiful, and aspiring. It hits you so hard. (The book hasn’t even been released yet and I’m already hoping for books from Wendy Wunder.) The Probability of Miracles surprised just as I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan did last year. Both novels give the reader the chance to believe in coincidence and miracles and the need to live for what is perfect now.

Snarky Cam is hard on the ou
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Crowinator
I am going to have to create a shelf called "The Big C" for all the cancer-related YA lit I've been reading. Or I could expand and call it" Death and Dying" or something like that. Fun times. Review later.
Kat Alexander
3 1/2, rounded up

Let me start by directing you towards the author's name. Wendy Wunder. Book about miracles.

Now, I may not be one to believe in miracles, but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate a good coincidence. (And then make a name pun. With the initials 'A.K.A.', I think it's a requirement.)

The Probability of Miracles (thankfully containing no actual math) leaves it up to the interpretation of the reader whether the strange things that happen are truly miracles or just odd coincidences. C
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Reading Teen
Jan 12, 2012 Reading Teen rated it it was amazing
The Probability of Miracles was so great.
First of all, the narrator sounds JUST like Emma Stone (Easy A, Zombieland, The Help etc.)
So the entire book I just kept imagining the main character, Cam, was Emma Stone.
Which I loved, of course.
Anyway, about the book.
It was hilarious and at the same time a tearjerker.
I loved it.
It made me think about how lucky I am. And how a lot of people treat life way too carelessly.
Cam's sarcastic and brutally honest attitude was hilarious. And even though she
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Stacey (prettybooks)
I hadn’t heard of The Probability of Miracles until I was sent it to review. I'm not sure how it slipped my YA contemporary radar (perhaps because I really do not like the US hardback cover, which looks very 80s and not in a good way), but it was just what I was looking for.

I was a little hesitant to begin with because I wondered whether it was going to be a-lesson-in-religion due to its title and because the UK cover reminds me of the In-Between in the movie adaptation of The Lovely Bones. Yet
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Clarabel
Jun 28, 2015 Clarabel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pour croire aux miracles, à l'impossible.
Pour sourire niaisement face à Asher.
Pour rigoler, pour déconner, pour rouspéter, pour trembler...
Pour pleurnicher et éclater de rire en alternance.
Ce roman est décidément une jolie découverte.
Andrea
Nov 04, 2011 Andrea rated it liked it
3.5 out of 5 rating

So this review will probably make people roll their eyes or disagree but it's my opinion of the book so whatever.

Right off the bat, the book mentions that the main character works at Disney World. I got soooooooooo excited! I have work at Disney World for 12 years, live right behind the Magic Kingdom, and even got married at Disney World this past June. Calling me a Disney-holic is not even close! So yeah, I just knew this book would be right up my alley. But then...then. The
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Sarah BT
Dec 22, 2011 Sarah BT rated it liked it
2011/336pgs



About the Book: Cam is a teen who is living with cancer. Her recent doctor visit didn't turn out well and she doesn't have much hope. But her mom isn't about to give up and convinces Cam that they should spend the summer in Promise, Maine, a place where miracles happen. Cam is cynical and doesn't believe in miracles, but in a town where flamingos visit and sunsets last forever, Cam has a summer to believe in miracles.

Sarah Teenlibrarian Says: Tough topics like teens dying can be hard
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Joy (joyous reads)
May 06, 2013 Joy (joyous reads) rated it really liked it
I'm a self-centered reader; I need to be comforted at all times. I also need my happily-ever-afters as much as I need a bit of romance. And this is why I stay away from angst-heavy books (i.e. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma) but I can forgive some if the story did its darndest to ease me into the doomed eventuality that it won't end the way I wanted it to end.

The best way to read a book that has a not-so-happily ever after is if the author eased me into idea that the characters will not walk into t
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Jessica Journey
I wouldn't recommend this one. It had so many problems, such as: the characters were not likable. That's a biggie. I probably like Perry the best, and I'm sure that's not what the author was going for.
Cam was just…she didn't seem real. She acted and spoke all these different ways that didn't seem to go together. I just couldn't picture her as a single person. She was a jumble, down to what she looked like. She's supposed to look like an island girl, I think? Tan skin, dark hair, a natural dance
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Nicola
Nov 04, 2012 Nicola rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
I adored this! It left me speechless. There is a sadness throughout but it's not a book that leaves you feeling depressed. It was really beautiful.

Favourite quotes:

“If Cam finally learned one lesson before she died, it would be that being kind was sometimes more important than being right.”

“Kind of like people. We're too lazy to change, so we'll just keep doing what we're doing until it's too late.”

“. . . Mind if I take the flamingo?"
"It's $2.89."
"Whoa, Darren, you drive a hard bargain. How a
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Brian
Aug 16, 2011 Brian rated it liked it
I loved
The Disney references in the beginning of this book but felt more and more detached as
The book went on. A girl has cancer and is on the edge of death. Her family decides to take her to a mystical healing town in maine. The plot started out being fun but became very cliche towards the end. I just felt that I had read books very similar to this in the past and nothing made this stand out dramatically.
Pipoy Gonzalez
Mar 11, 2016 Pipoy Gonzalez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I think some girls get so caught up in the wedding part that they forget about the marriage part, and they end up bonded for life to the wrong person. It's not the wedding part that matters.”

WOW.

I've been trying to finish this novel while I'm doing my homeworks, projects and studying for exams and damn it at last I'm done! AND I'M FREAKING DEVASTATED! (In a good way. and what the hell am I going to do with my life right now? idk)
You better put on your "feels seatbelt" on this one because it's g
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Breanne
Nov 07, 2015 Breanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very different reading experience from TFIOS. I really enjoyed it but it was incredibly overwhelming and sad. Very realistic so if you want something with a bit more depth, read this. It had a cute romance and a honest ending. I don't know, its an amazing read but not something I'd want to really reread.
Stacy Fetters
This starts off no differently than all the other teens with cancer books. The end however is a completely different story.
I didn't find this whimsical, didn't find it funny and I sure as hell didn't fall in love.
About half way through, I almost gave up. The last third of the book is what actually made this kind of worth reading.
Cam is a cynic and nothing has helped her so far. Until her mom hears about a place called Miracle, Maine. They move there for the summer and of course she kind of star
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Mehsi
*sniffles*Sorry guys, this book just threw me on a roller coaster of emotions.

Cam, Cam, a most terrific character, though at times she was a bit too critical and at times she was a bit too judgy about things, and I didn't like it. At times I wanted to tell the girl that things didn't go like that and that she should shut up her trap about things she probably has no knowledge about. But I can also imagine why she was so critical of a lot of things, why she didn't believe in miracles, why she did
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Kady Mac
Dec 05, 2011 Kady Mac rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This is a 3.5-4 Star book.



The Deal: Cam is sick, sick, sick. She's spent the last seven years in and out of hospitals and experimental treatments and she's knows she doesn't have a lot of time left. She doesn't really have a plan for the summer and she doesn't expect to be around for the fall. Still, the last thing she really wants to do is pick up and move with her mother and sister to a tiny town 15,000 miles away from everything she's ever known in Florida just because the name of the town i
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Juhina
Mar 17, 2012 Juhina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Wow.. just wow. This book was SO DIFFERENT from what I was expecting going into the story. Yes it is about a cancer patient, going to a 'magical' place that might cure the cancer, but I wasn't expecting the book to be dripping with sarcasm. First of, Cam was basically dragged into this supposed magical town, because she has given up. She doesn't think she'll ever be cured and just accepted it. However, by accepting her fate she didn't just lock herself in her room and treat herself as a weak can ...more
Dea Sauva
Since finding out about the release of this book, I immediately knew I had to get my hands on it. After many months of waiting I finally had the chance to do so. Even with the excitement, it took me awhile to start reading it because the subject of cancer is quite sensitive to my family—having an uncle died of it and an aunt as a survivor, while my mom has been fighting Lupus for over a decade now. I’m glad I picked it up when I deemed myself ready because after putting it down, I was emotionall ...more
Kayla H.
Jan 16, 2013 Kayla H. rated it it was amazing
As a sixteen year old girl who has been in and out of hospitals since she was twelve due to her cancer, I find Cam to be an extremely strong individual. Although she can be sarcastic, negative and skeptical, she has come to terms with the fact that she is going to die. However, her family can’t seem to let go the idea that there is some miracle cure out there that they have yet to find. The last thing she thought she was going to have to do was be uprooted from her hometown and moved to Promise, ...more
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When not spending time with her family, Wendy teaches yoga around Boston and writing at Grub Street. Her first story was published in The Gettysburg Review. The Probability of Miracles is her first novel.
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