Saturday, August 10, 2013

Miracle by Elizabeth Scott

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....(from GoodReads)

So I unwittingly started reading this the day before I was about to leave to visit family ... on a plane. Luckily Megan survives so I wasn't too worried. Also I didn't understand how she was the only one to survive a plane crash until I realized that she was flying on one of those small propeller planes with only a few other passengers. It made a lot more sense after that!

Anyway, onto the novel. I've noticed that a lot of Elizabeth Scott's recent books have been really depressing with very tragic characters. I'm just thinking of Living Dead Girl, Love You Hate You Miss You, Heartbeat (which isn't released yet), among others. I absolutely loved both Bloom and Perfect You when I read them and they are much lighter. I'm not a fan of these dark novels.

And Miracle is definitely dark. Megan is the only one who survived a plane crash and the memories of it end up being pretty gruesome. She's obviously suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder but everyone just ignores it because she's a "miracle." I think Megan should have spoke up a lot earlier about her issues but her parents shouldn't have just assumed she was perfectly fine. Luckily for Megan she becomes friends with her neighbor Joe and a woman at church named Margaret who help her to cope.

Miracle does have a hopeful ending but it was hard to connect with Megan. The book is pretty short so that might be it. I wish Elizabeth Scott would write something a little happier! I think her books are better when they are not super depressing, and now there is a definite formula to her books which I'm not a fan of. I need some surprises!

Rating; 7 out of 10.
FTC: borrowed from the library.

2012/Simon Pulse/224 pages.

1 comment:

Bookworm1858 said...

I prefer Scott's lighter books too but I appreciated reading some of the back story on this book, which involved Scott's own struggles with PTSD. That knowledge added a lot of depth to my interpretation of this book.