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Miracle by Elizabeth Scott

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
I sat there and wondered again why I'd lived…

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. 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 who to turn to. Her entire community
seems unable—or maybe unwilling—to see her as anything but Miracle Megan. 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. This time, she may be falling too fast to be saved…

Goodreads Summary

Megan is considered a miracle child for surviving a plane crash almost entirely unscathed.  All of the other passengers perished in the horrible plane crash, but Megan was lucky.  Megan doesn't know what to make of it; she doesn't consider herself any more special than before and is more confused than anything by her stroke of luck.  She begins to feel worse about her survival and proving to others that she deserved to survive.  Her next-door neighbor, Joe, knows what loss is.  Joe experienced loss first hand and never quite recovered, his family blames him. 

Joe and Megan seem like an unlikely match, they don't exactly get along perfectly.  However, the reader will be rooting for them, they clearly need each other.  Megan is supposed to heal from the accident, but she doesn't even know why-technically, she is fine on the outside.  The reader will enjoy watching their relationship slowly grow and develop.  The other characters serve to push the plot along, especially when there is a slight lag. 

The idea of being a lone survivor of a plane crash is certainly interesting and will always make the reader think "why that one character?"  The author does a great job of capturing Megan's confusion and fear after the accident.  The novel has a persistent undertone of ambivalence and guardedness.  This book is recommended to young adult/teen readers.

4 Stars

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  1. I can't wait to read this! I featured it on my Waiting on Wednesday last week even! Sounds great! :)