Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert

Title: Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert

Release Date: April 21, 2015

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Pages: 352

Received: Publisher

Star Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½ 

Ten years ago, God gave Braden a sign, a promise that his family wouldn't fall apart the way he feared.But Braden got it wrong: his older brother, Trey, has been estranged from the family for almost as long, and his father, the only parent Braden has ever known, has been accused of murder. The arrest of Braden's father, a well-known Christian radio host has sparked national media attention. His fate lies in his son's hands; Braden is the key witness in his father's upcoming trial.
Braden has always measured himself through baseball. He is the star pitcher in his small town of Ornette, and his ninety-four mile per hour pitch already has minor league scouts buzzing in his junior year. Now the rules of the sport that has always been Braden's saving grace are blurred in ways he never realized, and the prospect of playing against Alex Reyes, the nephew of the police officer his father is accused of killing, is haunting his every pitch.
Braden faces an impossible choice, one that will define him for the rest of his life, in this brutally honest debut novel about family, faith, and the ultimate test of conviction. [goodreads]

My Thoughts

I'm very lucky to receive this ARC because this novel surpassed my expectations, it surprised me. This review will consist of me repeating the words, "Wow, this is good, read it, or don't it's okay". In the beginning, I knew it had a complicated premise and the deeper I sunk in, the more I felt mesmerized. 

Baseball was somehow woven into this novel, like little remarks and I smiled when I read those because I enjoy baseball and I have a favorite team. Braden was in those adolescence years and struggling with a cold-hearted brother, and a father on trial. You can easily get lost in the loop of things, but personally, it felt crafted in a way that it didn't make you forget what was happening.

I loved these characters and how they were written like real people. The writing felt very truthful, but the pace didn't exactly match my tempo. Braden's emotions felt so real and raw, I probably forgot this was a work of fiction. 

Conviction is a heavy contemporary novel that dwells on complex subject matters and the questions from them. This novel was very driven in a way, these characters had time to grow. 

4.5/5 STARS

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