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…
This is one of those books that I don’t really feel like I know how to review.
If I were going simply based on writing, it’s solid. It’s a short, fast, easy read that keeps you interested and turning the pages.
The thing is, I really couldn’t stand ANY of the characters aside from Joe, whose part in the book was relatively minimal. And that includes Megan. Especially Megan, actually. I just couldn’t make myself like her or feel sorry for her, which is pretty impressive considering that the girl survived a plane crash. She should have been a completely sympathetic character but she just…wasn’t. I borderline loathed her by the end of the book, to be honest. I get the whole PTSD thing, but surviving an accident doesn’t give you carte blanche to be a complete bitch to everyone who has ever cared about you.
And Megan’s parents. Oy vey. Megan has a sickly little brother who they have doted on his entire life, and suddenly when Megan survives the plane crash he becomes the invisible boy. He starts putting himself in dangerous situations just to get attention and they continue to ignore him in favor of “Meggie” (what a totally non-endearing nickname for an almost-grown woman, by the way) OR get angry with him for disturbing or stressing her out. That’s awesome parenting right there. You get one kid back from the dead and promptly forget the existence of the other. And they suffocate ‘Meggie’ to the point where even going outside in the yard is practically a jail break. I mean, I guess I can see being overprotective but they take it to a level that is pretty obscene and frankly thoroughly obnoxious. This alternately suffocating and neglectful parenting is given a paragraph or so explanation at the end of the book but it just kind of fell flat for me because at that point I didn’t care about their motivations. I already didn’t like them. And here’s the thing – it almost seems like they were assholes before Megan’s accident. Their neighbors – Joe and his father – are reeling from a tragedy of their own and they treat them like they have the plague. Snob city.
Joe basically saved the book for me. He’s a sweet guy and incredibly patient with Megan. He was really the only one I was able to root for in the entire book which, again, is saying something considering he’s not the one who survived a horrific accident.
So basically, here’s my short review: it’s a well-written book that will appeal to the right person. I just wasn’t the right person. If you’re interested in contemporary YA – particularly those that deal with people recovering from tragedy – you may want to give this one a shot. Obviously it elicited strong emotions from me even though I didn’t particularly enjoy it, so that’s certainly a point in its favor.