Finding Miracles

Finding Miracles MILLY KAUFMAN IS an ordinary American teenager living in Vermont until she meets Pablo a new student at her high school His exotic accent strange fashion sense and intense interest in Milly force h

  • Title: Finding Miracles
  • Author: Julia Alvarez
  • ISBN: 9780553494068
  • Page: 488
  • Format: Paperback
  • Finding Miracles

    MILLY KAUFMAN IS an ordinary American teenager living in Vermont until she meets Pablo, a new student at her high school His exotic accent, strange fashion sense, and intense interest in Milly force her to confront her identity as an adopted child from Pablo s native country As their relationship grows, Milly decides to undertake a courageous journey to her homeland andMILLY KAUFMAN IS an ordinary American teenager living in Vermont until she meets Pablo, a new student at her high school His exotic accent, strange fashion sense, and intense interest in Milly force her to confront her identity as an adopted child from Pablo s native country As their relationship grows, Milly decides to undertake a courageous journey to her homeland and along the way discovers the story of her birth is intertwined with the story of a country recovering from a brutal history.Beautifully written by reknowned author Julia Alvarez, Finding Miracles examines the emotional complexity of familial relationships and the miracles of everyday life.

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    1. Ellen Gail

      DNF at somewhere around the halfway mark? I honestly can't be bothered to look it up and see what chapter I got to, and that tells you a lot about my interest right there.So this was a buddy-read with my gal TL, my very first one! And we both ended up DNFing lol! Great minds abandon books alike, huh?Anyway, it started out fine, the descended into boredom. And I realized that I just didn't care. I didn't want to pick it back up and I didn't care what happened. I don't even feel like skimming. Th [...]

    2. Anna

      I liked the first part of this book a whole lot more than I ended up liking the second half. The beginning was strong and I really liked the way that Millie's character was developed, along with the whole mystery aspect of who her parents are. I liked how Pablo came into her life and I enjoyed speculating as to what would happen next. But then when Millie went to the Dominican Republic the whole novel seemed to lose momentum. I felt like it dragged and it seemed forced that she was suddenly SO i [...]

    3. Maria Dade

      "Finding Miracles" is a book about a 15 years old teenager girl that was adopted from Latin America trying to find herself. Milly Milagros Kaufman has two identities. She is Milly, a girl that has been living in Vermont for most of her life with her adoptive parents. She is also Milagros an abandoned orphan that was rescued when she was a baby from Latin America. Milly avoids discussing about her past with others, until she meets Pablo. Pablo is a refugee that comes from the same country that Mi [...]

    4. TL

      Buddyread with Ellen :)----DNF, couldn't get into it:( The MC annoyed me, plus the print in the book was starting to bother me

    5. Rose

      "Finding Miracles" is a beautifully told coming-of-age story about a 15-year old girl named Mily (Milagros, which is Spanish for "Miracles") who gains an understanding and acceptance of her cultural roots. At first, Mily keeps her identity as an adoptive child from another country a closely guarded secret. But when a boy named Pablo moves to her school, moving from the same country that her adoptive parents found her, she feels a strange sense of attraction and repulsion to him. Nonetheless, get [...]

    6. Jocey

      Finding Miracles, by Julia Alvarez is a book about a girl named Milly or Milagros. Mlagros is around 15 years old. She was born in Los Luceros in Dominican Republic. She is adopted. Her main internal struggle is that she doesn't really know who she really is. Her main external struggle is that she is adopted. During my time reading this book I made a text-to-self connection. There was this part in the book when Milagros goes to Los Luceros and she feels connected to it. That reminds me of myself [...]

    7. Alana

      The really sweet journey of a girl who was adopted and raised in the US, who faces her discomfort and fears about her unknown origins. The tone was a little too juvenile for me; that's what I get for picking novels written for youth, though, this was a little too youthed-down for many young readers. It may have been caused by the authors over-zealous effort to avoid identifying Millie's country of origin. It was so clearly the Dominican Republic and would have been less distracting to just say s [...]

    8. Kathleen

      Walking through the library, picking up a book, I discovered this book on CD displayed, it sounded good and I am spending more time driving lately. What a good book - and I feel it was a bit of divine intervention. Mily is our beautiful, smart, high school main character - she was adopted in South America, when her parents were working for the Peace Corps. She has grown up in Vermont and is not really sure what she thinks about her birth country. That is, until she meets Pablo, a young man who h [...]

    9. Sara

      All that you love about YA (budding romance, high school setting, etc) unfolding alongside a realistic and tender portrayal of Latin American cultures, including the trauma of political instability and war. Alvarez's inclusion of "insider language", namely Spanish phrases, really hit the mark and softened me (an initially skeptical reader) towards her story. I am grateful for any books that honor the stories of people in between worlds - those of use who are first generation, who have liminal id [...]

    10. Cassondra

      Milly Kaufman's journey of self-discovery was quite a beautiful little story. I enjoyed the whole thing, including how the author left the home country of the protagonist ambiguous to send a message. Most teenagers are not as in-touch with their feelings and reasons for acting the way they do as Milly was, but other than that, I found the book a wonderful read.

    11. JTRyan

      I hated this book. I gave it two stars because I try to assume positive intent and I'd like to believe that the author had good intentions. It read like stereotypes speaking in cliches. I only finished it because it's part of the literature circle curriculum for a class I am teaching.

    12. Jalen Ransing

      Finding Miracles by Julia Alvarez The Spanish book I read was Finding Miracles written by Julia Alvarez. In the beginning of the book, the author introduces the Kaufman family, Mom and Dad, the main character Milagros (miracles in Spanish) but everyone calls her Milly, her older sister Katherine, and little brother Nate. Milly is adopted before she is just a few months old, from an unnamed country, and only her family knows this. Her skin color does not make it obvious that she is adopted, becau [...]

    13. Nhat Do

      Do You Believe in Miracles, or Not?By: Nhat Do The novel “Finding Miracles” by Julia Alvarez retells wonderful miracles happened in this story that changed Milly’s life. Yet, miracles only appeared when she overcame her feeling of being ashamed because of her identity and tried to find out the truth. Firstly, after Milly knew she was adopted, she wanted to visit her birth country, el paisito. As she arrived, she “landed in her country”, she felt at home here (p.168). Next morning, Pabl [...]

    14. Josefina Gutierrez

      Milly (Milagros) Kaufman was adopted when she was one from a politically rife nation. Her parents were in the Peace Corps helping out the community. Milly has a sister Kate and they are both sixteen years old, and a brother Nate who is eight years old. Milly has a hard time coming to terms with her adoption and who she is. She is conflicted with her sense of self in comparison with her peers. She is short, slightly browner and definitely tans during summer, and is not as smart as the other “ch [...]

    15. Meghan

      Finding Miracles is a very good and sweet book. Finding Miracles, by Julia Alvarez is a knew kind of story because it talks about serious events, and problems people have to deal with everyday. The book takes a softer, and unconventional approach on the topic of dictatorship, and death. This book I would defiantly read again, and again, and again. I really enjoyed how the story could relate to myself, and my life. The story is a classic coming of age story with reliable topics, and thoughts.Find [...]

    16. Ashley Manzueta

      Finding Miracles is about a girl named Milly who was adopted in Los Luceros, a place in Dominican Republic. Milly was found inside a basket on someones doorstep when she was just a baby. Inside the box with her was two pieces of braided hair, a coin, and a piece of paper with the word milagros on it. Millys real name was milagros.Milly was adopted by a pair of American parents who were visiting Los Luceros. Sixteen years later theres a new boy in Millys school, Pablo. Pablo is from Dominican Rep [...]

    17. Rosa

      "Finding Miracles", is a very interesting book.She is adopted from a different country. Milly's parents have a box of everything they know about her from before they adopted her. One day a boy, Pablo, arrives at her school,she sees there's a connection between them; she hopes no one makes a connection, that they are from the same country. As she goes along she decides to get to know Pablo, she gets more interested in knowing who her birth parents are.Finally Pablo and his parents go back to thei [...]

    18. Marilyn

      I didn't know, until a couple years ago, that Julia Alvarez had written books for young adults. I think I've read all of her adult-level fiction (especially recommend HOW THE GARCIA GIRLS LOST THEIR ACCENT and IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES) and some of her poetry. Even got to Union College about a decade ago to hear her read. But didn't get around to the YA novel by Alvarez that I picked up a couple years ago until recently. What a joy!Milly Kaufman lives in Vermont and harbors a secret that ma [...]

    19. Ruben

      Finding Miracles is the story of Milly, a high school student who is searching for her identity. She was adopted as a baby from an unnamed (but very compatible with the Dominican Republic) country. This was the first book I've read of Julia Alvarez, and I enjoyed how she tried to hit the middle ground between coming-of-age story and teen romance with a little bit of mystery thrown in. The characters were lively and likable, but I think I would have preferred a bit more gritty reality. By keeping [...]

    20. Ciara

      this book was a disappointment. i LOVED julia alvaerz's books for adults (well, some of themch as in the time of the butterflies, one of my all-time favorites). so i was curious about her move into young adult literature & picked up this book to see what there was to see. i don't remember it so well. something about the protaganist being a teenage girl with some issues with her family & feeling isolated & weird because she is latina in a majority white community (i think the book is [...]

    21. Ella Perkins

      This book is about a girl, Milly. She is adopted from a little village in Mexico. When  a boy, Pablo also from Mexico, winds up in her school in Vermont, all the questions start to pop in Milly's head. The two look alike and every time Pablo sees Milly he always stares Luke there was something wrong with her. After a while they started to become very good friends. Their relationship grew stronger and yheyvspent more time together. But could on vist to her home country make everything different? [...]

    22. Christina

      Although I liked it overall, this book seemed to deteriorate in the last part, and I've had trouble putting my finger on the exact reason. The prose seems to become a little less polished, a little more juvenile and careless than it did at the beginning. The "romance" that comes out between Milly and Pablo sort of cheapens the whole thing. You can have deep, intimate friendships that are beautiful without having kids in highschool give each other ~looks~ and smooch on the beach and declare that [...]

    23. Jason

      The book Finding Miracles is about a girl named Milargros which means Miracles. She's adopted from the Mexican Country to America. Then when a boy named Pablo came over his country is the same as hers. His country under siege was freed and he goes back. So Milagros adopted grandmother who is rich gave her the money to visit with Pablo in the Country to see her birthplace. This and many other events make Pablo and Milagros fall in love with each other.I can connect to the world how there are many [...]

    24. Gretchen

      Last weekend in the library I stumbled on just how prolific Julia Alvarez has been since I last was up on her novels some 12 years ago. This is YA fiction. It was an easy, enjoyable read, evocative of both my own time in Vermont and my own Dominican Republic Peace Corps experience (not that I adopted a baby), but overall I don't think her fictive teens are quite as gripping as her adult characters. Some of the emotional drama seemed to lack provocation; it wasn't clear why Milly or other charact [...]

    25. Karen

      Mildred Kaufman was adopted from a Latin American country when she was a baby. Her parents were working with the Peace Corps and fell in love with the little Milagros (Miracle) and adopted her before they went back to Vermont. A new family moves into town from, coincidentally,the same area as Milly. At first, Milly wouldn't talk to Pablo because she didn't want to think about her birth family. Then as the families became friends and Milly is invited to go back to Pablo's(and hers) home country. [...]

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      MILLY KAUFMAN IS an ordinary American teenager living in Vermont—until she meets Pablo, a new student at her high school. His exotic accent, strange fashion sense, and intense interest in Milly force her to confront her identity as an adopted child. MILLY KAUFMAN IS an ordinary American teenager living in Vermont—until she meets Pablo, a new student at her high school. His exotic accent, strange fashion sense, and intense interest in Milly force her to confront her identity as an adopted chi [...]

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