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Miracle by Elizabeth Scott

01 Dec

Miracle

Miracle

Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Simon Pulse
ISBN 1442417064 (ISBN13: 9781442417069)
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Description:
Megan survived the plane crash—but can she survive the aftermath? An intense, emotional novel from the author ofThe Unwritten Rule and Between Here and Forever.Megan is a miracle. At least, that’s what everyone says. Having survived a plane crash that killed everyone else on board, Megan knows she should be grateful just to be alive. But the truth is, she doesn’t feel like a miracle. In fact, she doesn’t feel anything at all. Then memories from the crash start coming back.

Scared and alone, Megan doesn’t know whom to turn to. Her entire community seems unable—or maybe unwilling—to see her as anything but Miracle Megan. Everyone except for Joe, the beautiful boy next door with a tragic past and secrets of his own. All Megan wants is for her life to get back to normal, but the harder she tries to live up to everyone’s expectations, the worse she feels. And this time, she may be falling too fast to be saved….

Review:
Megan is the miracle. The one who lived. The anomaly. The result of something that happens once in a lifetime. She is the sole survivor of a plane crush. But as much as Megan keeps hearing she is a “miracle” all she wants is for people to stop praising her as a hero for being alive. Megan isn’t happy or ecstatic that she is alive. She is mostly empty actually. Especially since she can’t remember what happened. She just knows she is afraid of trees now and keeps envisioning fire. One of the weirdest things is that one person doesn’t seem to just want to talk to her about the crash, Joe. The guy next door who has his own tragic story people can’t seem to look past either.I’d have to say that this book is well-written, but I would be lying if I said it wasn’t hard to read it at first. I believe it’s because I couldn’t like Megan because people are not their best after a horrific event. I’m usually invested in the main character rather quickly and since I didn’t know Megan before the crash so it was difficult for me to rally some compassion for her. But Scott handles Megan’s story with a deft hand. She seems to know what buttons to push, which is all of them. I could feel Megan’s emptiness and the vague feeling that she should do something about this hollowness she has. She drops soccer, her grades plummet, she loses her friends but she can’t seem to find the energy to care. As the reader you know she is experiencing trauma, but she doesn’t exactly know that since she can’t remember the crash.

I think the family dynamic was done superbly. It’s kind of awful and I know that makes it sound like it wasn’t good, but it’s the truth of the situation. Megan’s parents love and care about her but don’t know how to handle her. It’s truly heartbreaking seeing them try so hard but failing miserably. Despite the description of the story Joe is not a big part of the story. He does help to give some normalcy to the story. For a person like me, who is too normal for her own good, I needed that.

So the verdict is that I thought the story was done well, especially dealing with a subject like trauma. It never felt melodramatic, and things didn’t seem added for dramatic flair. And though I didn’t always feel a great amount of sympathy for Megan I knew I had to see what happened to the girl everybody called a miracle.

Happy Reading!

~Ana @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime~

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