They come to see eight-year-old Anabelle Vincent, who lies in a comalike state--unable to move or speak. They come because a visitor experienced what seemed like a miracle and believed it was because of Ana The crowds keep coming. They come because a visitor experienced what seemed like a miracle and believed it was because of Anabelle. There were more visitors. But is there a connection? And does it matter? Hardcover , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about The Miracle Girl , please sign up. Lists with This Book. May 01, Larry H rated it liked it. I'd rate this 3. Somehow they heard about the little girl on Shaker Street, the one who almost died—who should have died—but didn't, and now she can't speak or move, she's paralyzed, mute, hooked up to machines and tubes, her body a living statue, but also holy, blessed, a gift from God, a child who heals and gives hope to those in need.
She is unable to move or speak, and no one is sure whether I'd rate this 3. She is unable to move or speak, and no one is sure whether she has any idea what is going on around her. Following the accident that left her in this condition, her parents made the decision to care for her at home rather than institutionalize her.
One day, a friend of her mother experienced what seemed to be a miracle after spending time in Anabelle's presence. She also noticed a religious statue weeping. Word quickly spread, and the visitors started coming from near and far, desperate to spend a few minutes with Anabelle, hoping against hope that she might help them or a family member combat disease, distress, infertility, poverty, or other problem. Within a few months, Anabelle has become an utter phenomenon, and people wait for hours on end outside her house for a chance to experience the same type of miracles that so many others have.
Anabelle's mother, Karen, has made it her life's mission to care for her daughter, even at the expense of her marriage, as well as her physical and mental well-being. She often can't remember the last time she left the house. Yet as she sees what hope Anabelle is bringing to others, she realizes she cannot deprive people the opportunity for the miracle that evaded the girl herself. So she opens her home to the visitors, the media, even the army of volunteers who help with everything from website updates to schedules. Anabelle's father, John, left because he couldn't handle the pressure that caring for his daughter was putting on him and his wife.
But as he drifts from place to place, job to job, never putting down roots for long, he can't help but wonder if his place is back with his family, despite the strain it may cause. And he wonders if Anabelle might give him the miracle of a family one more time. Andrew Roe's The Miracle Girl is an insightful look at American life just before the millennium, the desperation of people to believe in miracles and have hope, and how a family copes with the idea that their daughter, whose own life is far from the one they dreamed for her, can provide such benefit to total strangers.
It's also a look at the lives of some of those who come to Anabelle for help, as well as a teacher bent on proving that the miracles are hoaxes, and the priest who is part of his archdiocese's investigation into the purported miracles. I found this book intriguing but uneven. Sometimes it was really compelling, fascinating even, but when the book shifted to the mundane details of Karen and John's lives, I lost interest. The book doesn't really take a position on what is happening, but a plot twist leaves a lot of things unresolved, and actually causes a few more questions than answers. But Roe is very talented, and definitely has created a thought-provoking story that may challenge your own ideas of whether miracles like these truly exist in our world.
See all of my reviews at http: Apr 01, Serenity rated it liked it Shelves: I liked it, but I also think it was bland and unexciting. It never made me emotional like I thought it might and no event or character jumped off the page. I enjoyed all the different perspectives that the reader was given. I do wish there was more background on Anabelle. Overall, I liked the book well enough I debated between giving it 2 or 3 stars. I think the ending more than anything bumped it up to 3 stars for me. May 09, Craig Allen rated it liked it.
Soon, her mother opens up their home to allow those in need to come and get help. The father leaves due to the marriage being in shambles The church investigates and everyone has an opinion on if sh I'll go 3.
The church investigates and everyone has an opinion on if she is legit or not. This was set in , so the approaching "Y2K" phenomenon adds extra tension.
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My favorite section was the guy that believed in God "just in case", because if he's real then you're covered I thought that was a very amusing outlook on religion. Pretty good book, but not one I'd beg you to try. Aug 09, Melissa rated it really liked it Shelves: Slow moving, yes, but uplifting with a nice ending. Jan 03, Amanda rated it really liked it.
But, I suppose that might be the point: These chapters, unfortunately, too few, really feel like the mind of a child: Everything in the book is painted totally realistically, from the thoughts of the characters, to the banter of TV news personalities, to the drab cubicle farm of an office building. Mar 26, Bob rated it it was amazing. Andrew Roe deftly navigates a narrative told through multiple points of view that somehow all comes together seamlessly. Jun 18, Bernard rated it it was ok Shelves: This was a long, leisurely walk to exactly nowhere.
I can't say that I learned anything profound or interesting about any of the characters except the dad. The other characters in this book were thrown out for the reader's inspection and then left to wither on the novel-vine. This almost read like a treatment for a screenplay. Lots of characters, lots of interesting little tidbits thrown out for consumption, and This was a long, leisurely walk to exactly nowhere.
Lots of characters, lots of interesting little tidbits thrown out for consumption, and then I give this two stars because it wasn't horrible.
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It just wasn't good enough to be memorable on my shelves. Jul 20, Jourdann Fraser rated it liked it. Interesting story, but the writing style wasn't my favorite. I found it hard to get through the book. Jul 21, Rachel rated it liked it. This is the story about an 8-year-old girl who is in a care accident, and goes into a coma-like state.
While caring for her, the mother and a friend noticed a distinct smell of flowers coming from the girl. This snowballs to the point that the public now thinks of her as a kind of saint, and will wait hours to receive a few minutes to be in the same room with the girl. This reminds me of the true story of Audrey Santo, the little girl who drowned, and lived for like 19 years in a coma-like state, This is the story about an 8-year-old girl who is in a care accident, and goes into a coma-like state.
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This reminds me of the true story of Audrey Santo, the little girl who drowned, and lived for like 19 years in a coma-like state, and who had spectators from around the world come to her home and view her in 5 minute increments because of stigmata like instances that surround the girl I would assume this is what the story of which the author based his novel?
The endings are different, but the tones of both are similar. If I can really FEEL what the characters are feeling in a book, if I can immerse myself in the book and block out all sources of activities around me, I give it at least four stars. This book didn't do it for me.
It told the story, but it almost seemed like a biography, where it told the 'facts' and only that. I couldn't empathize or sympathize with any of the characters, except for possibly Annabelle, and only because I couldn't imagine being an unwilling participant in what is my opinion of a sideshow. Sep 14, Judy rated it really liked it. Not sure why I picked this up. But every once and a while I grab something that is outside the usual genres and authors I enjoy.
I made myself get through it, the story was kind of relentlessly sad. And the people, settings, rather mundane and unexciting. But the writing was beautiful, even the descriptions of all that was 'mundane'. It felt a little like 'life', how if you just sit anywhere and look around it's what you choose to focus on that makes the difference between compelling and mundane Not sure why I picked this up. It felt a little like 'life', how if you just sit anywhere and look around it's what you choose to focus on that makes the difference between compelling and mundane.
The reason the story pulled me in was the thread of 'hope' that was woven throughout. Not even so obvious at times. You hoped for these people, even when they weren't hoping for themselves. Even when their lives were so thick with painful muck they could hardly move a foot forward. Sometimes hope gives you what you need to keep your head above water. Not to make progress but just to survive through it. Until what you are hoping for happens - or it all comes crashing down. But even then, we somehow just adjust what we are hoping for.
Because, in my experience, hope is a necessary part of the human condition. And as hard as this was at times to read, it reminded me of that and why. Mar 19, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: The book is set in El Portal, a fictional suburb in southeast L. After a violent traffic accident, Annabelle Vincent has fallen into a coma-like state. Apr 24, Gigi rated it really liked it Shelves: The novel was modernized with the use of technology, something that is commonly not there as often in newly published books.
The book started sentences with a lot of conjunctions For-And-Nor-But-Or-Yet-So and not much goes on, but other than that, I do not have a problem with it. It was interesting reading all of the points of view, almost like in "Wonder. Read it from first to last page and never got into it. I was waiting for the answers; they never came. Aug 20, Michele Harrod added it Shelves: Had to quit this. I was really struggling with the writing style and just couldn't get into it.
Life is too short Jan 22, Mireia Mireieta rated it did not like it. I am actually quite troubled, I am finding myself unable to say and explain how much I disliked this book. I suppose it's because it was just so bad it melted my brain. The author tries to mix past and present but it makes you the job to actually understand if it's past or present so difficult it actually hurts.
The frustration that I went through while trying to read the book was so real it made me feel so hollow in my inside. This hate just grows and gro I am actually quite troubled, I am finding myself unable to say and explain how much I disliked this book. This hate just grows and grows while I try to explain it. Another reason for the non-stop hate would be that the mother is just so stupid! Her husband abandons her and the author makes it seem as if she hadn't even noticed, as if she was too busy laying on the sofa paralised to worry about her husband leaving.
She seems like a stereotypical christian mother who doesn't do anything, just obeys like "God has dictated for the women", I must say I am a feminist but not a bad way, I just believe women have the same rights as men and can do the same things as men and that we are certainly not instruments of the devil, written in the Bible.
That is why when I read something about christianity and about women being stupid I get so frustrated. The mother actually lets strangers slomber and go all over her daughter just because she is "God's helper" kind of. I'm not saying I didn't actually like the idea of the story, I just didn't like how the author chose to represent and write this idea. I have no problem reading religious books or series, I mean, I love Supernatural, but it gets to a point where some stories just go over the line and this one was one of them.
And now it's not even about the christian part and all but more like the way the author wrote was horrible, the writing was depressing and just mind-explosive in a bad way. The only actual thing that I liked was Anabelle, she was great, her thoughts and memories were awesome but as I didn't see to much of her POV's and feelings it just wasn't enough for the story to at least get a 3 out of 5 stars. I would've given it a 0 out of 5 stars but Anabelle mae the story a bit better so I will give it a 1 out of 5 stars.
I certainly do not recommend this book to anyone - at all; I mean you might like the idea or even the book but - I am not recommending this book at all. If I ever was to read another book from this author it would have to have loads of good reviews to actually create an interest on me. I just couldn't handle his book, I wanted to smash it on the table! I really would hope other people actually liked this book and it would be so great if you didn't feel this hate I feel for this book because it's consuming me!!!!! I hope I didn't frighten you too much and I would love to know what you think about this book if you have read it or what your first impressions are.
May 19, Traci rated it really liked it. Reviewed by June J. Whether one does believe in miracles and the power of religion and faith in our lives are resounding themes of The Miracle Girl April by Andrew Roe. Her prognosis is dim and bleak at best.
Yet, seemingly miraculous events occur around and through her. The fame of her supposed supernatural abilities exponentially spreads from the small, impoverished Los Angeles suburb of La Porta throughout the nation and the world. Thousands flock to her bedside seeking solutions to their problems and cures for their various ailments — for themselves, for friends, families, and loved ones. Despite their claims, one is left to wonder if it is, indeed, true. Can Annabelle really effect miracles? A nonfiction writer at heart, Roe capitalizes on his matter-of-fact yet lyrical writing style to explore in depth the lives that Annabelle touches: This review was originally posted on Author Exposure Mar 07, Alexis Jackson rated it really liked it.
Anabelle is an 8 year-old severe, car accident victim, whose body and mind are rendered in a comatose-like state, complete with an assisted breathing machine, feeding tube, catheter, and more. Her room is where she will spend the rest of her life, that is until all these miraculous things start happening to the people that visit her and now call her "The Miracle Girl.
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Anabelle's mother, Karen, is her f Anabelle is an 8 year-old severe, car accident victim, whose body and mind are rendered in a comatose-like state, complete with an assisted breathing machine, feeding tube, catheter, and more. Anabelle's mother, Karen, is her full-time caretaker, president of "Anabelle's Angels," although, halfway through the novel, we come to realize that she just wants some normalcy back. She decides, especially after John, her husband, returns to be with the family, promising to be a better father and spouse, that there will be a final goodbye, prayer service at a large high school football stadium.
It is here that, miraculously, Annabelle comes to life again, breathing, moving, and speaking. At the book's lose, Anabelle is married with a child, struggling emotionally and mentally to be a mother to her child juxtaposed with her mother--Anabelle is suffering from severe memory loss STM , whereas her mother and father struggled together, pushing them apart. It was definitely an unsatisfying close, although, as a reader, I was definitely rooting for Anabelle to wake up.
But, when she does, there just isn't enough divulging into the unanswered, miraculous aspects to truly pull me in. I am happy she is functioning and awake, but what about everything else? A matter of fact novel exploring the human need to believe in something, whether miraculous, spiritual, or scientific. She a selfish princess that tries to get Hideaki to marry her until He see her bodyguard point guns at the twins.
The Miracle Girls manga was licensed for English release by Tokyopop , who released the series from until It is also available in Spanish.
The series uses three pieces of theme music. Dio performs the ending theme for all 51 episodes, "Futari ja Nakya Dame na no". The player can choose to play as either Mikage or Tomomi and use candies as weapons to stun enemies and use them as platforms which the gameplay is similar to Capcom 's Little Nemo for the NES, and when the player clears a level, the player challenges the area boss to a mini-game. Adam Arnold of Animefringe praised the series, particularly for the detailed an expressive eyes, and the story "light-hearted and fun to read".
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