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The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell
The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell | Robert Dugoni
From #1 Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni. 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.
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Acoleman
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I sometimes listen to audio books while I work or do chores. This is the first time I felt like I really wish I hadn‘t ‘multitasked‘ a book. I loved this story and the characters and the message so much, I wish I had given it it‘s proper full attention and read each word. I will probably read this one again ( which I never do ) so I can enjoy each and every word. If this is on your TBR pile/list. Stop everything and read it.

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rkeo
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I'm a sucker for a great coming-of-age story, so I devoured this in less than 24 hours. I loved the characters, their interactions, and development. Although the writing was great and the dialogue well done, it was lacking the profound, beautiful prose that stops you in your tracks & makes you reread lines multiple times. I only highlighted one quote in the book. It was so well written, though, and I totally fell in love with Sam and his friends.

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Djspens
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This was such a sad but heartwarming book. I don't normally enjoy books like this but I really connected with Sam as a child and teen. The author does a great job of getting the reader to fall for the characters. Maybe it's because I'm still searching for my own "group of misfits" and was also often made fun of as a teen. Adulthood can soften, but not totally extinguish, some of those feelings!

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Djspens
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Starting this one today! I'm still on a (self-imposed) book buying ban, so working on my full TBR shelves! I do miss my weekly deliveries of books 😢

sblbooks I loved this one. 2mo
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goodbyefrancie
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This is a good story of a boy with a unique eye condition and the challenges he faced as he grew, but it's also a touching story of deep and lasting friendship, and fierce support from those friends and his family. There are some descriptions of bullying and violence, and I wish I had known that before picking it up. I'm still glad I read it, but that awareness will be part of any recommendation I make.

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Victoriahoperose
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I really enjoyed this book a lot. The writing was excellent and I loved the story. It really showed how hard growing up is when you are different and it combined some religious aspects along with strong themes of family and friendship. It tugs at the heart strings while bringing up some really good points about how to be the person you want to be and live your life fully. I would definitely recommend this one!

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Cinfhen
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#AyUpAugust Want #SomethingGood to read???Try this book. It‘s part coming of age, part feel good. Samuel Hill is born with a rare eye condition - red colored pupils, earning him the nickname “Devil Boy” And while many find his plight a curse, his very religious Catholic mother sees it as a gift from God. Her strength & belief gives Sam the courage to embrace his uniqueness. A lovely read but a #BorrowNotBuy 🤓

Kaila-ann I like the borrow not buy distinction 🤔 4mo
Cinfhen @Kaila-ann sometimes I enjoy a book but it doesn‘t mean I need to run out and buy it for $14.95, know what I mean!?!? 😁 4mo
squirrelbrain Sounds interesting - I‘ll stack it and keep an eye out in the library.... 😁 4mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍🏻 4mo
TrishB It got it on kindle offer, will get to it soon..... 4mo
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Cinfhen
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My friends are raving about this one so I‘m gonna give it a go! Only 50% on Litsy though 😬

TrishB I‘ve had this on the kindle for a while- seems to be love or hate! 4mo
TrishB It‘s 50%, but actually only 1 pan and 1 so-so, the rest are picks 🤷‍♀️ I think posts without ratings must pull the rating down. 4mo
Djspens It's on my TBR shelf! 4mo
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Eggs Omg the candies 🍭🍬 4mo
JackOBotts @Eggs - I zeroed in on that too...color coordinated candy!!! 💙💛💙💛 4mo
Cinfhen This house has a ridiculous amount of candy @Eggs @JackOBotts and they are all skinny!!!!! 4mo
Cinfhen I really liked the book @Djspens @TrishB 👍🏻❤️ 4mo
4thhouseontheleft That candy! 🍭 🍬 4mo
Cinfhen That‘s just one little corner of candy @4thhouseontheleft it‘s ridiculous!! 4mo
Mdargusch That candy! 🍭🍬 4mo
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WriterReaderTrainer
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I was pulled into the story by the writing and the narration. It was interesting to view the world through the lens of Sam, someone who's different, yet not so different. I highly recommend the audio version.

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MeganTurner
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I‘ve just managed to finish this. This definitely isn‘t my normal type of read, however I fancied something different. I absolutely loved it and I‘m a little bit sad that it‘s now all over! Following the life of Sam Hill, when he started catholic school, through to him being middle aged was lovely. This book is full of joy, sorrow, laughter and grief. Absolutely loved it ❤️

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Lexicon1982
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A coming of age journey of Sam Hill, or “Sam Hell” , a boy born with ocular albinism “red eyes”; growing up different and finding inner self-acceptance. The author Robert Dugoni does an excellent job narrating his book. If you have an inner awkward child or been bullied or have felt out of place, this book will speak to you. A must read! 5 stars!

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Tamra
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Panpan

Sorry to say, I only skimmed this to the end to find out what happened to the jerk cop. 😑

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TrishB
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#highwaytohell #maymoviemagic
Not read- been on my kindle since last July (so not long really!)

GingerAntics Keep us posted if it‘s any good. It looks interesting. 7mo
Cathythoughts It does look interesting 👍🏻 7mo
Cinfhen In #KindleLife that‘s still a newborn 👶🏼 7mo
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RJHowe A really interesting step out for Dugoni 7mo
TrishB @Cinfhen so true 😁 7mo
TrishB @GingerAntics Will do 👍🏻 7mo
TrishB @RJHowe not an author I‘m familiar with! 7mo
gradcat I used to read lots of Dugoni‘s books...I‘d very nearly forgotten him—thanks for your (reminder) post! 😊 7mo
TrishB @gradcat I‘m feeling I need to read him now! 7mo
RJHowe He usually writes a female police officer, but got the support of his publisher to write this much more literary novel. I think it paid off. Happy author and happy publisher. 7mo
TrishB @RJHowe thanks 👍🏻 I can get the first 3 in the series free on kindle. 7mo
gradcat I‘m feeling I need to read this book now! 😂 7mo
TrishB @gradcat 👍🏻 me too! 7mo
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Jenken1998
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Excellent. The extraordinary story of a man who is different. A story that spans his entire life full of love, friendship, hardships, hope and forgiveness. Great writing, easy to follow timeline jumps and believable characters. Bullying and its consequences on one person's life, relationships and faith. I enjoyed this book.

suvata I really liked it too. 7mo
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Jenken1998
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sblbooks One of my 18 of 18 last year, it was so good. 7mo
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suvata
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I have to say that I generally agree with all the four-star reviews for this book. Having been raised in similar circumstances as Sam Hill, I could totally relate to the Catholic education he received in school and at home. The book talks a lot about Catholicism and, if that turns you off, you may not like it as much as I did. Like I said, since I could relate to so much in the story, it was like a trip down memory lane for me.

BestDogDad Ooooo........as a Catholic school boy myself this might be up my alley! 😮 9mo
suvata @BestDogDad yes, I‘m pretty sure you would like this one. 9mo
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Jason7
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At times, this story reminded me of J. Irving‘s A Prayer for Owen Meany. However, where Owen Meany is vast and expansive, Sam Hell is limited and predictable. Still, it‘s an above average audiobook, a coming of age story dealing in themes of prejudice, racism, love, loss, and religion. Any turns or twists can be seen from a mile away, and the book goes on longer than necessary. Dugoni does a nice job of reading his own work. Overall rating: 4.02

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suvata
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As of March 1, 2019, this is the highest rated book on my Goodreads TBR list. Let‘s see why. Shall we?

RJHowe Good choice. This book was a huge risk for Bob but I think it really delivered. 9mo
suvata @RJHowe Yeah, I really enjoyed it. 9mo
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KrystleTheBookSlayer
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1) Actual food: Chocolate or anything sweet.
Literary wise: My favorite classic like Frankenstein, Pride & Prejudice, & And Then There Were None.
2) Work Saturday, study Sunday and eat crepes and drink coffee 😂
3) tagged
4) Umm...I don't think so. I'm a very quiet person, so I accidently terrify my roommate a lot. Also I have no problem predicting the ripeness of avocados 😂
5) ✋✋✋
#Friyayintro @howjessreads

Susanita 🖐🏻🖐🏻 10mo
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KrystleTheBookSlayer
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1) Teleport. My thoughts are consuming & often ridiculous enough, I have no desire to hear the inner ramblings of others.
2) I'm doing so poorly this year, I've been so tired, but I've gotten some audio read.
3) Cutting down on coffee & sugar & professional goals.
4) Nothing, there's shows I want to watch, but I don't feel like I have the mental energy to try anything new. I may watch Criminal Minds later though.
5) 👍
@howjessreads #Friyayintro

Texreader Hope you feel better in 2019!! 11mo
KrystleTheBookSlayer Thank you @Texreader I've just been so exhausted! I don't know if I have a touch of something or what, I have no other symptoms, but I've been working with a lot of sick people lately, so maybe. 11mo
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KrystleTheBookSlayer
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With the holidays & poor weather, I had a lot of catching up to do at work last week, so I haven't been reading any books. I did however start the audiobook 'The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell', which I'm already loving.

Speaking of hell though, I tried making flourless black bean brownies as a healthier way to satisfy my sweet tooth...the brownies taste okay, but I don't think they're actually going to curb my cravings. 😩

BethM I've never found a healthy baking recipe I actually liked. 11mo
KrystleTheBookSlayer @BethM I had to try 😂 I'll still eat it eventually, there's at least some chocolate chips in it and I guess at least I will get my protein. 11mo
Reggie I commend the try!!! 11mo
Stacypatrice They look great! 11mo
KrystleTheBookSlayer @BethM @Reggie @Stacypatrice good news, I had one tonight & I think they taste better than they did last night, maybe it will help my satisfy my sweet tooth after all. 11mo
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Bakingbookworm
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4.5 STARS - The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni is my first book of 2019 and you guuuyss, I luurved it. 😍

It‘s full of heart with a memorable main character and may cause you to shed a tear of two. While this is not Dugoni‘s usual genre, it‘s a definite must-read.
Full review: bit.ly/2LPW6XZ

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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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Mehso-so

#unpopularopinion but I did not like this book. Aside from the mediocre writing, I guess it's my incredible irritation with ANOTHER writer seemingly thinking he has tackled The Problem of Pain originally, rehashing the image of God as Personal Fixer/Fixer of the Universe until I want to scream. If I knew this book would have do many religious elements maybe I would have skipped it. Thankfully that's not my God.

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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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Uuuuuuuuuurgh this book is very readable and I'm totally using it to escape the stress of all my work right now, but man, it's often cheesy and I have a bunch of other problems with it... You can't motivate someone with dyslexia into reading better. If someone has stormed out of your office, how are you going to help them (as Sam keeps pledging to do) - are you going to find them and drag them back? The writing could definitely be better.

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Stephuhhnieee
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I needed this book. I was in such a reading slump, but I could not put this book down. It was a beautiful story. I cried, I laughed, I cheered and I feared. But mostly, I cried.

BlameJennyJane This book was amazing! I listened to it on a vacation drive across country this summer and was actually happy to put in a 10 hour day! (edited) 12mo
Stephuhhnieee @BlameJennyJane Yeeesss!!!🙌🏻 Id put this book down when I first started it a while ago... and I‘m so glad I picked it back up. I flew through the last 300 pages today! No regrets! I‘m considering listening to it since it came with the recording 😁 12mo
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Stephuhhnieee
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This book.

I put this book in my pan pile a while back.... and I am so glad I‘ve taken it back out for a second try. I am at my desk in ugly tears over a chapter! I hope it stays this good until the end.

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JulAnna
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Another emotional read to start December. Some touching moments, a little like It‘s a Wonderful Life in book form.

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cindasious
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Really liked this book. I think every parent and young adult should read this.

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Oryx
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I really enjoyed this. It's been compared to Owen Meany, and I can see why, although it doesn't reach the heights of that for me. That said, it's quite moving. A story of loneliness and love and much more. The story of Sam will stick with me for a while.

TrishB I have this on my tbr - great review 👍🏻 14mo
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tricours
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A surprisingly good story for an Audible Daily Deal! Very engaging.

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QueenBook
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Sometimes you and a book just come together! This was that book for me. I downloaded it for my kindle and I could not put it down. I was led through this fascinating life of a boy with red eyes. Brilliant story!

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QueenBook
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Loving this book and the inside fictional view of a catholic school upbringing

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QueenBook
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I love starting a new book! This one has captured me right from the beginning ❤️

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QueenBook
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I love starting a new book! This one has captured me right from the beginning ❤️

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peaknit
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“Rock the boat, you‘ll just take in water”... #truestory Charming tale so far.

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NikkiKey94
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This book was amazing. The only novels I had read by Robert Dugoni was his Tracy Crosswhite series, so I was a little skeptical about whether I would like this one or not. It had me so angry at times, and other times it had me in tears. This is a book about accepting yourself for who you are and realizing how extraordinary life really is. Definite must read. I‘m so glad I picked this one up.

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BlameJennyJane
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This book was brilliant. It reminds me of A Prayer for Owen Meany. I enjoy Dugoni but this is on a whole new level. #audiobook #audible #underdogstory

CBee Owen Meany is one of my all time faves. This one is on my Kindle waiting to be read! 1y
BlameJennyJane @CBee I continue to think of this book on a near daily basis and I typically just move on to the next book but this one is just sticking with me. I hope you enjoy it! 1y
CBee @BlameJennyJane wow, I can‘t wait! I‘ll let you know when I finish it! 1y
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ILoveReading28
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Was an amazing book I loved it listening to the story of Sam Hell was amazing. .

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ILoveReading28

This book is amazing would highly recommend 😃

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jouleian
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 I'm normally uncomfortable reading anything having to do with religion BUT this book is really something. It really grabs hold of you and upper cuts your heart.

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jouleian
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Internet is down at work. Good day to remember my kindle hahahaha 😊😊😊

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crziebird
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5/5: 5 Stars! I loved this book; read it in 2 sittings. The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell grabbed me from the first pages. Sam Hell was born with ocular albinism, which makes his eyes appear red. He is a target for bullies, but, his mother kept telling him how extraordinary he is. You can't help but love Sam, his mom and dad, and his best buds, Ernie and Mickie. Definitely worth the read ~ a great story.

Addison_Reads Great review! I just picked this one up at the library and I can't wait to start it. 2y
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