I just realized that I never posted the review to one of my favorite books of all time! What was I thinking?!? Before we get into the summary and the review, I must tell you that I have been a fan of Robert Dugoni since I first read My Sister’s Grave. But The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell is not Dugoni’s usual genre. But this book proves that Dugoni can write anything and everything well.
Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered, buoyed by his mother’s devout faith, his father’s practical wisdom, and his two other misfit friends.
Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls.
Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design—especially not the tragedy that caused him to turn his back on his friends, his hometown, and the life he’d always known. Running from the pain, eyes closed, served little purpose. Now, as he looks back on his life, Sam embarks on a journey that will take him halfway around the world. This time, his eyes are wide open—bringing into clear view what changed him, defined him, and made him so afraid, until he can finally see what truly matters.
Now for my Review:
I read this book last April and was so touched by it that I still think about it to this day! This book has all the feels. You will be happy, sad, mad, surprised, I could go on. The story is fantastic and the underlying message/lesson even more so. I seriously believe this should be required reading in high school. So if you have NOT read this: a) you are missing out; b) GO BUY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!