Publication: June 5, 2012 from Simon Pulse
Rating: 2.5/5 stars
Summary (Amazon): 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….
My Review: I honestly don’t know what I was expecting when I started reading Miracle. This was my first Elizabeth Scott book and all I knew her was that she writes contemporary YA fiction.
Miracle was a fascinating read. There’s really no other word for it. It’s all too easy to see how Megan’s trauma could go overlooked in the wake of her survival from the crash. Her parents are too blinded by their relief at the fit that she’s alive to notice that Megan hasn’t been able to re-adjust to life after the crash. It’s understandable, but it was still heart wrenching to see Megan suffering and see that her parents don’t realize that she’s hurting. I couldn’t help but feel angry at her parents throughout most of the book for being so oblivious.
I had a hard time understanding the other characters as well. Her best friends were quick to welcome her home and wanted to believe she was the miracle they all though that she was. But when it become obvious that Megan was acting completely different that she had before, they got angry at her rather than try to help. I felt that they were too wrapped up in their lives and wanted everything to be exactly the same, they weren’t able to understand their friend had been through an ordeal beyond their experience.
The characters of Margaret and David del the most real to me. They both understood that something was different with Megan, however they both reacted and dealt with it differently. Margaret with the understanding of a women who has seen far too much in her life and David with all the maturity of a ten year old boy. David’s reactions made me smile even when he was being infuriating because I felt that Elizabeth Scott capture the character of a put out younger brother perfectly, he understood that there was something wrong with Megan but he didn’t understand what or how to deal with it.
The book moved at a quick enough pace, but I felt that overall the plot was a bit disjointed. It felt like the disjointedness was doing intentionally to help the reader understand what Megan was experiencing, however it felt like there was something missing to really drive that point home. I’d have preferred a bit that was a bit longer and had a more fleshed out story and characters. There was so much potential in this story and overall it fell flat for me.
I’m glad I got a chance to read Miracle, but I’m not so sure if I’ll be rushing out to buy any of her older books. Anyone want to give me some reasons why I should? Have you read Miracle and want to share your thoughts on it?