Book Review: THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF SAM HELL (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) by Robert Dugoni
After Sam was born with red, albino eyes, his mother just knew he’d live an extraordinary life! Unfortunately, just because she deems it so doesn’t make it true. Case in point, a classmate named David definitely thought otherwise and bullied Sam mercilessly in elementary school. His devout Catholic mother, however, remained steadfast in her belief that Sam’s red eyes were “God’s will” and that Sam was meant for greatness.
“Everything God does is for a reason, Sam; every cross we bear is an opportunity.”
This was an extremely slow burn for me, and I slogged through much of the first 3/4 of the book wondering why it was so long and why there were so, so many stories about Sam’s childhood. I found his adulthood so much more interesting, and it finally picked up for me during the last quarter.
Since I believe in free will over God’s will, that part of the book didn’t resonate with me. I did, however, enjoy the coming-of-age portion about Sam and his best friends, Ernie and Mickie, and I loved Sam’s loving, caring nature. The scene where Sam was getting ready for his high school graduation made me tear up as I’d just experienced the same momentous occasion with my oldest son last June.
“Life is about heart. Yours is as big as any kid’s I’ve ever coached. Don’t you ever forget that.”
All in all, I enjoyed the overall message of the book that a life doesn’t have to be extra ordinary in order to be extraordinary!
“While the years might not have been extraordinary… they had been ours.”
Location: Burlingame, California