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The Probability of Miracles

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  6,737 ratings  ·  981 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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Aug 18, 2011 Alexa rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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
B u n n y ♥  | BooksWithBunny
*2.8 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
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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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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
Reading Teen (Andye)
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
Nov 04, 2012 Nicola rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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.
Kady Mac
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
Sarah BT

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
Joy (joyous reads)
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
Mar 17, 2012 Juhina rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
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
Megan (Book Brats)
THE PROBABILITY OF MIRACLES arrived mysteriously at my door one December day. Cancer is a sticky situation in my family right now. I went to the ER last night with my grandfather and grabbed this book on my way out the door. My grandfather has Stage IV colorectal cancer and has gotten progressively weaker the past few weeks. While I finished this book in one sitting while waiting for 12 hours in the ER, my parents were told that all that science can do has been exhausted and that they were calli ...more
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SO CUTE! Gosh, I LOVE THE COVER. Although the girl does not quite represent Campbell, I love the title's font, the flying fishes and the pink flamingos!


Welcome to Promise, a place where miracles exist!

The Probability of Miracles is a sweet and surprisingly, hilarious read! When I first heard of the book, I knew it was about a girl with cancer and I was a little worried if this was going to be a sad and heart-break
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
A quietly sparkling gem of a novel. Promise, Maine is the perfect place to set this story. For those who think it is slightly ripping off The Fault in our Stars- this book was published first!

Asher definitely deserves the nickname Ashicus. He is the perfect complement to Cam(pbell)'s snarky, I-don't-believe-in-anything kind of sensibility. I love the supporting characters, namely Cam's mom, Alicia, and sister, Perry. Shout out to Elaine as well.

There were many tears, but I cannot wait to book t
It's queer; though I didn't love this one, I'm not disappointed. There was all the humour and wit I'd heard of, the family structure was explored enough (though not as much as I'd have liked) and of course it was bittersweet. So I got what I read for. But the romance between Asher and Cam was unrealistic (and why must he always be referred to as "perfect"? ...a pet peeve of mine), and I don't feel Cam herself developed. In the end, did she or did she not believe in miracles? >_<
Oksana  *Bookaholic*
Wow. This book is simply.. Wow. It was absolutely amazing, and blew me away (sorta like a dandelion). In my whole lifetime, only four books have ever made me shed a tear. And I think I'll have to add this one to the list. I sometimes double over in laughter because of Cam's sarcasm and wit. I loved this book, and I recommend it to everyone. Fantastic read, full of bittersweet truth and love.
Yet another teenage cancer book that tries to be about something more than cancer, but really how can a cancer book be about anything other than cancer.

Campbell has just gotten news that her cancer has spread and that there is nothing left to do but die. Cam is ready to give up the fight, but her mother refuses to give up on her. And her mother, a new age hippie type, hears about a supposedly magical healing town in Maine and decides to move there hoping for a miracle.

What I like -

Cam and her
This may be one of the hardest reviews I have ever had to write. I know I loved this book but it is hard to put into words how awesome it is. I am going to try to describe to you how much I loved it but fair warning that this review will be non-stop gushing.

Campbell (Cam) Cooper has lived with cancer for 7 years. She always knew it would kill her but she didn't know she wouldn't live to see her eighteenth birthday. She was a little closed-off because she didn't want to make friends only to be ta
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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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“Being kind is one of the hardest thing to be in high school because you're so terrified of being cut down yourself that you're always on your guard. But don't be like that. Be kind and you will be truly different. A standout. Unique and happy.” 106 likes
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