Monday, June 25, 2012

Miracle by Elizabeth Scott (Review)

Genre:Young Adult, Contemporary,  Drama, Psychological Thriller
Publication.Date  June 5th 2012
Published By:  Simon Pulse | 
WebsiteElizabeth Scott 

Miracle - Goodreads
My review copy:Finished copy received from Simon&Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review
Where to get:

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... (Goodreads)

It was orange-red with flames, breathing hot all over me, and thick black smoke bloomed like clouds. I rose to my knees and the sky grew hotter and closer as water poured over me. I knew I should turn around, and there was something behind me. I didn't know how I knew that. I just did.
And then she just sat there. She was still leaning forward, still staring at me, and it was like she wanted to eat everything I said. Like she was hungry for what was inside my head and I didn't like that. I didn't like her.
I lay there, staring out my window up at the sky, and I couldn't escape the thought that I didn't feel much like myself anymore. I didn't feel much like anything.
Now they hugged me like I was made of glass. Not like I might break, but like I was something priceless. They didn't hug me like they used to and that's when I knew I wasn't Meggie anymore. I wasn't even Megan.

     If you had a chance to read Elizabeth Scott's previous book, Living Dead Girl, you're well aware of just what this author is capable of. Raw, painfully vivid emotions. Powerful, haunting images. Heart-wrenching tragedies. Overwhelming intensity. And a stunning, but also very disturbing look into the darkest corners of the human heart and mind. All that served in a form of a small, 200-pages long book. A book that will devastate you! While Miracle is not as disquieting and depressing as Living Dead Girl, it definitely packs a strong punch for fans of dark, heartbreakingly honest, sweepingly poignant books. 

     Megan wakes up in a hospital bed. She has no recollection of what happened to her, all she knows is that she's in pain and her parents are acting very weird. Her mom keeps on calling her a miracle, and acting like all of a sudden her daughter became someone else entirely, someone who needs to be watched over and protected at all times. When she learns that she was in a plane crash, at first she can't believe it. She doesn't remember a thing. Was she really on a plane? What happened? So many questions and no answers. When she learns that she was the only one who survived the crash, she knows she should be happy to be alive. Instead, all she feels is numbness. She doesn't think she's a miracle. She doesn't even feel like she's alive. Is she alive? Or is her body lying somewhere in the woods, slowly rotting away? And then the flashes from the crash start bombarding her brain, paralyzing her body and mind even further. Everyone is treating her like she's the thinnest, most fragile piece of glass that could shutter to pieces any moment. And Megan? Megan just doesn't feel anything. She's withdrawn, disconnected from reality, and, having brushed so close against death, she no longer cares whether she'll live or die...

     What can I say? I was absolutely and utterly blown away by this book. It's probably one of the most disturbing, depressing and strikingly real books I've ever read. Infused with so many emotions, blood-chilling, heavy and thick, it's a book that crawls under your skin and pulls you deep under to a place that is as far away from happy as it gets. Elizabeth Scott's writing is raw, authentic, and all-too convincing. With her simple yet totally consuming prose, she weaves a tale of tragedy and hope, giving up on yourself and re-kindling your will to live. A tale so terrifyingly plausible, it makes you feel all sticky and dirty. Scott does a fantastic job portraying the dramatic shift in the dynamics of the family, and how the near-death experience profoundly affected their relationship. 

     What I like the most about this story, though, is the fact that the author does not victimize Megan, making her come across as the poor little thing that nearly lost her life and should now be approached with special care. Megan is not even a particularly likeable protagonist. She might have been before the crash, but at the time we meet her she's morphing into someone quite off-putting, someone who is so traumatized and broken up inside, that she does not inspire sympathy, not immediately at least. It takes a certain amount of time to even begin to understand what this girl is going through. She's in a very difficult place and it affects our perception of her immensely. She's lost, she struggles with finding herself, keeping her sanity. She's emotionless, cold, and empty inside. An empty shell of a human being, and not a miracle, not by any means. Elizabeth Scott performed a graphic and shocking vivisection of a human soul wrecked by a horrible tragedy. 

     Everything about this book is absolutely outstanding. The carefully executed plot line, the flashes of memories scattered throughout the story, Megan's inner monologues, the tension and the drama - all these things make Miracle an exceptionally great book, and one that will stay with you for a very long time. I  can't recommend it enough! 

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Evie is the Blogger behind Bookish. She enjoys reading many different genres, especially YA, Paranormal, Contemporary Fiction and Fantasy.
She loves talking to authors and is always happy to welcome them for interviews, and guest posts. She also likes spreading the love for awesome books and  chatting with fellow book-worms.
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Amy said...

Wow! That sounds like an absolutely amazing book. I would have to be in the right mood to read it, but I think it sounds great!! Thank you for the awesome review!!

Anonymous said...

I am definitely going to pick this up now! I have yet to read an Elizabeth Scott book, but this sounds so good. Thanks for bringing this to my attention!

roro said...

i was not interested in reading miracle but thank you 4 the review
i just need 2 read it

Molli @ Once Upon a Prologue said...

I think it's cool that you liked this one so much, Evie. (I hated it and probably won't ever read anything else by the author.) I absolutely think that Scott DID victimize Megan but I think it's absolutely fantastic that you GOT this book like I didn't. I will agree, it's very, very stark and real! Great review!

sarabara081 @ Forever 17 Books said...

I am so happy to read such a great review on this one! I have been dying to read it and was lucky enough to snag a copy from the library today! Even more excited now, thanks! :)

Randi M said...

Another book that I probably never would have picked up, though after that great review, I'm going to have to add this to my books-to-read list. :) Thanks for sharing, Evie!

Lucie said...

I've liked The Unwritten Rule so I will add this one to my list too.
Thanks for sharing,

Giselle said...

Omg this sounds SO good and you know i freaking love books that deal with memory loss and mysteries in the matter. I agree it's often chilling and so captivating. I haven't seen many reviews on this one so call me curious!! You sell it well, Evie! :) I also must check out Living Dead Girl - just the title alone makes me want it! lol

Anonymous said...

I love Elizabeth Scott, but for some reason I was a little wary to get this book, but your beautiful review convinced me that it's really worth reading. From the sounds of it, it seems like the book is powerful and very intense. I'm glad that the author doesn't victimize the main character. I need to check this book out as soon as possible.
Lovely review, Evie.

Nereyda @Mostly YA Book Obsessed said...

Ive heard so many great things about Elizabeth Scott but havent read her books yet. They are on my tbr wish lisy though. Great review! (new domain, same blog)

Rebecca said...

I was already SUPER excited to get a copy of this one and now I'm even more anticipating it! Wow, sounds amazing. Thanks for your review Evie, I always love to hear your thoughts :)

Veronika said...

The book sounds so intense and emotional! I'm sure I'm gonna cry like a baby while reading this book!I can't recall any book I've heard about with this kind of theme! I love unique books! Can't wait to read this one.

Jaime Lester said...

I am not sure that now would be the time for me to read a book like Miracle, but it definitely seems like something I would enjoy at a different point in life. I am a very emotional person, so when things in real life are emotional I have to be careful what I read because I might not stop crying. :) Thanks so much for another great review!

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