Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Probability of Miracles” as Want to Read:
The Probability of Miracles
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Read Excerpt

The Probability of Miracles

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  9,697 ratings  ·  1,302 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
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Probability of Miracles, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Madison I give it maybe a 4. It's no "The Fault in Our Stars" or anything. …moreI give it maybe a 4. It's no "The Fault in Our Stars" or anything. (less)
Olivia Ball
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.91  · 
Rating details
 ·  9,697 ratings  ·  1,302 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The Probability of Miracles
Mar 06, 2011 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-adul
Apr 02, 2011 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
Emily (Obsessed Reader)
Oct 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: diverse-books
This book is WAY underrated
Jan 02, 2012 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
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
Ashley Daviau
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is only one word that can properly describe this book and that word is bittersweet. From the moment I started it, I just knew heartbreak was inevitable and boy was I ever right! Despite knowing this, I couldn't help but fall in love with Cam and hope for a miracle. There was something about her that just pulled me right in and had me rooting for her against the odds. I also really loved the Flamingo List, I'm always a huge fan of books with lists! My only complaint about this book is that ...more
Ashley ❣️
I thought this book was okay it wasn’t what I expected, I enjoyed it but the writing was so abrupt to me and that’s why I took the stars off. I mean it was funny and cute and the ending was raw it was good and interesting. I might try more from this author but the writing style wasn’t good to me so idk
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
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
Jul 23, 2011 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
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at:

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 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. ...more
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
Miranda Reads
Very fault-in-our-stars knockoff. From the dying kid to the crazy adventure.

Review to come.

YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gah! I have got to stop reading terminal illness romance books. They kill me every time. Usually when a book makes me cry it means it is a really good book. But honestly, how can you not cry at books like this?! Please, this is not rhetorical; I would love to know the secret on how to stop this crying. It's the worst!! *Sigh* To be honest, the actual writing was sub-par at best. I don't exactly know why I'm giving The Probability of Miracles such a high star rating. It doesn't deserve it, but I ...more
kayla ♡
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alright, so I was originally going to give this book only three stars but...I have a lot of unexpected love for this book. That I did not except to have, especially when I first started it. RTC. I promise???
Heather R
this book was kind of a disappointment to me. it was not science fiction it was fiction. i was thinking that it was going to be some kind of book about space. instead it was about this girl who had cancer and she wanted to complete a list of tasks she wrote for herself to do. she falls in love and so on. i did not want a love story book but i got a love story book. it wasn't the worst book in the world, it was a bit enjoyable. the most enjoyable part to me was when she tried to drive her car off ...more
Anne Kat
Nov 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 12, 2012 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
Joy (joyous reads)
Nov 30, 2011 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
Oct 27, 2011 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
Aug 15, 2011 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.
Oct 08, 2014 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. ...more
*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
Kayla H.
Nov 02, 2012 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
Sarah BT
Dec 22, 2011 rated it liked it

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 h
Dec 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
Review originally posted in:

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
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book really toyed with my emotions. I rarely find a book that can have this type of impact, I really feel that if you don't have any kinds of emotions throughout this book then something must be wrong with you. It's an extremely powerful book, and it's beautifully written which just multiples how awesome of a book it is by a lot.

The plot line for this story is fantastic. It really seems like Wendy wrote it planning to send you on an emotional roller-coaster. There are a lot of very positiv
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Would I Like This? 14 43 Oct 09, 2014 01:43PM  
Crazy for Young A...: The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder → Start Date: January 8th, 2013 93 59 Feb 03, 2013 08:11AM  
Madison Mega-Mara...: The Probability of Miracles 1 5 Nov 23, 2012 10:43AM  
Bucket List 13 38 Jan 15, 2012 12:49PM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Book of Forbidden Feelings
  • My Heart and Other Black Holes
  • This Will Be Funny Someday
  • Sweethearts
  • Dear Nobody
  • Beautiful Losers (Kim Slade, #1)
  • Not If I See You First
  • Dying for Mercy (KEY News #12)
  • La Cible Idéale
  • The Best Thing that Never Happened to Me
  • The Cold Cold Sea
  • Bordeterre
  • On S'est Juste Embrassés
  • Sweep: Volume 4 (Sweep, #10-12)
  • Sweep: Volume 5 (Sweep, #13-15)
  • Sweep: Volume 1 (Sweep, #1-3)
  • Sweep: Volume 3  (Sweep, #7-9)
  • Sweep: Volume 2  (Sweep, #4-6)
See similar books…
See top shelves…
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.

News & Interviews

Need another excuse to treat yourself to a new book this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. To create our...
38 likes · 7 comments
“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.” 119 likes
“The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave, and it feels even better to come back.” 109 likes
More quotes…