Review: Miracle by Elizabeth Scott

July 16, 2012 Book Review, Contemporary Fiction, Elizabeth Scott, Miracle, Realistic Fiction, Simon Pulse, Tragedy, YA, Young Adult 8

From Goodreads:

Megan survived the plane crash—but can she survive the aftermath? An intense, emotional novel from the author of The 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….

My Thoughts:

When I first came across the synopsis for Miracle a few months ago, I was immediately intrigued, craving to know more about this emotional and intense read! Upon reading, I was definitely hit with this powerful story but it also surprised me in many ways.

Waking up in the hospital, Megan doesn’t remember the details of the plane crash that landed her there. In a rush to go home, she tells her doctors and family that she remembers everything and they are quick to believe her, hung up on the astonishment that she survived. I admit, I honestly expected that this story would include a lot of grief and loss but Megan was on the plane with only a few other passengers and no one she was close to. I liked that this novel took this direction. I thought it was something different where the attention would solely be on her and I was interested to see how it would play out. So what we get instead is this lost and broken girl who almost appears emotionless at times. The more her family and friends, well hell the whole town really, ignore what is really going on with her, the farther she retreats into herself. I mean, all these eyes are on her as the Miracle but no one was paying attention to what was Megan’s reality. Her family frustrated me to no end about this. How could they continually ignore all the signs that she needed help? They just kept on smiling and pretending she walked on water. I was actually surprised at how long it took them to wake up and BE parents, which is basically the whole novel.

Luckily, someone did notice though. Well, two people actually. The one who helped her the most was a woman from her church, Margaret. I thought she was a great addition, adding some comedic relief at times. She also found a friend in her neighbor Joe who happened to be dealing with his own issues. I wish there would have been more of him. I was expecting Joe to be a lot more prevalent in the storyline and perhaps some romance brewing but sadly it just wasn’t there enough for me. I can’t help it, I am a sucker for a bit of romance peppered into the plot. There was a definite spark between them but there didn’t seem to be room for more than that in this novel.

Overall, I think the flow worked well, and this truly is a story about growth and surviving an emotional ordeal. As a fast read it all comes together well, but I can’t deny I wasn’t a tad disappointed, wanting more from it in some areas. I recommend Miracle for anyone who loves to read about overcoming tragedy and realistic contemporary fiction.

3.5 out of 5!

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

8 Responses to “Review: Miracle by Elizabeth Scott”

  1. Sam

    Great review! I’m been wondering about this book and haven’t had the chance to read any reviews for it yet. Yours is convincing! It’s a shame you were just a tiny bit disappointed, but I’m glad it still proved to be a good read. I will have to pick it up when I can. 🙂

  2. Shooting Stars Mag

    Nice review! I actually bought this one, but I need to check it out still. It sounds great, and I’m glad you liked it overall. Sorry the romance wasn’t there enough for you, but I think it sounds right for this type of novel…at least from what I can tell. LOL

    -Lauren

  3. Ashley @ Book Labyrinth

    I have this one from the library, but I’ve had to renew it… for some reason I can’t find myself wanting to read it that badly. On the one hand it’s Elizabeth Scott and I’ve read all her books, but I tend to like her contemp romance titles better than her heavier books. Hmmmm…

  4. Traci @ The Reading Geek

    Great review! I have had my eye on this book for some time now but haven’t seen many reviews. I have read one of Elizabeth Scott’s other books and really liked it and Miracle sounds good. I love a good realistic contemporary story but that is disappointing that at some parts it fell short.

    Traci @ The Reading Geek

  5. Jenni

    First of all I’m a new follower so I thought I’d say hi! 🙂 I’m glad I came across this review because I almost bought this book the other day. After reading your review I don’t think it’s really my type of book. The cover is really pretty though

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