About the Book:
The novel is a touching story so be sure to have your box of tissues nearby. Kingsbury addresses a number of issues in the plot. Cody is a bull rider and we get a glimpse into a possible motive for participating in such a dangerous sport. For Cody, riding a bull is symbolic of of his familiar battle with anger and rage. He does not want to be open to love because he knows if he allowed it he would lose his winning edge of bitterness and anger.
Another issue is experiencing the agonizing disease of Cystic Fibrosis. For Ali, the question is loving something so much, feeling so alive, is it worth risking life to continue doing it? How do you live life to the fullest knowing you are going to die? Kingsbury includes an additional side issue of accepting and loving a Down syndrome child.
The novel may be a predictable love story but it is well written and engaging. The faith message is subtle so this novel would appeal to readers who would not identify themselves as Christians. It is a good but tragic story of unconditional love.
My rating: 5/5 stars.
About the Author:
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)