Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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He moved my hand before drawing Keisha’s out from under the blanket. “It’s not a dead end,” he said, placing her tiny hand in mine, “if it takes you somewhere you needed to go.”
It’s only a handful of times that I’ve read a book after watching its related movie, instead of the other way around. I didn’t even know there was a book related to the motion picture awesomeness that is Unconditional.
But when my eyes happened to stumble across it on a bookstore shelf, I immediately grabbed it: a novel by author Eva Marie Everson, based on the screenplay by Brent McCorkle, inspired by true events. The story of Samantha Crawford, Sam, who’s three years into grieving for her mysteriously murdered husband when an accident brings her across the path of Joe Bradford, the best friend she hasn’t seen since their childhood.
Much like the movie, there isn’t anything super sensational or spectacular that makes the novel great. While there are places in the book that have the breath of something lyrical, much of the writing is pretty plain, with a minor overuse of italics.
But, my goodness, the love here, though. It’s love that gives this story of friendship and redemption its strength, makes it exceptional. Pure, simple, honest love, like the most natural thing in the world—unhindered by years, by hardship, by tragedy, by race. Nothing forced, melodramatic, or sappy about it. Just love, and the unexpected places it can take us.
Beauty and brilliance can come in many forms. The Unconditional experience is one of them.
Have you heard of the movie?