07 September 2013
The Probability of Miracles
by Wendy Wunder
Genre: Young Adult - Contemporary
Publication date: December 8, 2011
Source: Bought/Own copy
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A dying teen learns to live in this heart-wrenching debut, perfect for fans of If I Stay
I’m such a sucker for tear-jerkers and protagonist-with-cancer--themed YA novels. That’s why I decided to grab The Probability of Miracles off its shelf out of impulse. Just as I was reading its synopsis, I already felt something “heavy” in between the pages of this book, dawning on me. And it was worth it. TPOM was a hilarious, fun, and light-hearted profound read—if that makes any sense.
Sometimes all we need is a good cry, and TPOM gave just that—a good, deserving cry. I learned so many things about living from it. Now, don’t think that this book would leave you bawling your eyes out and drowning in your own tears (or maybe it would?). It was a flawless fusion of good humour and thought-provoking themes.
Cam was a weird and amusing character. Her definition of fun (and life) was crazy, and she’s very adventurous. She’s such an active character, always coming up with the most bizarre antics. Cam’s mind was full of peculiar thoughts that were witty and hilarious. Also, I loved her jesting by deadpanning. No book has ever made me laugh out literally loud this many times!
Cam’s growth throughout the novel was truly amazing. However, despite all those, I found her a little bit insubstantial. I’ll be honest; she isn’t that remarkable for me. I love her character, but I wanted to see a little more struggle from her in the predicaments she was going through. Aside from that, she’s definitely amazing.
Asher was sort-of like a mysterious entity in the book. He seemed to be there but not at the same time. It was weird for him to be in there. I mean, the book could have been as good (if not better) even if he wasn’t included at all. He lacked exposure and backstory, but exposure mostly. Good side: the romance didn’t become the focus of TPOM. Well, if the author was actually trying to do just that (not putting the spotlight on the love story), it wasn’t so successful.
The plot was simple, yet various scenes were quite (or maybe very) absurd. But the hilarity of them was extreme that it made me just accept and believe that those kinds of things could really happen to people in real life. The pacing didn’t engage me so much, but it had some few bits here and there that kept me reading.
To sum up, this book really has something to offer. Its complexity wasn’t too deep, but rather a very humorous and witty read. However, despite all the sarcasm and deadpan jokes, it would make you ponder and think of how you’re living your life now, and how you’re going to live it tomorrow.
THE NUB AND GIST: 3.5 STARS
alenaabesamis said on September 7, 2013 at 9:34 PM
Sounds like a fun read! Great review, Kyle! :)
Soma Rostam said on September 8, 2013 at 12:40 AM
well, I have read one book about cancer
Hazel @ Stay Bookish said on September 9, 2013 at 4:20 AM
The Probability of Miracles didn't make me cry but it was an emotional read. I had a hard time creating a connection with Cam because as you said, she lacked substance. I did enjoy her snark though. Lovely, insightful review as always, Kyle! :)
Neysa Kristanti said on September 29, 2013 at 8:18 PM
I can't believe I've never heard of this book before 0.0 Those cover was soooo gorgeous, and yep I'm a sucker for tearjerker too! *highfive!*
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