Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood

About the book: The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud tells the haunting story of a young man who narrowly survives a terrible car wreck that kills his little brother. Years later, the brothers' bond remains so strong that it transcends the normal boundaries separating life and death. Charlie St. Cloud lives in a snug New England fishing village. By day he tends the lawns and monuments of the ancient cemetery where his younger brother, Sam, is buried. Graced with an extraordinary gift after surviving the accident, he can still see, talk, and even play catch with Sam's spirit. But townsfolk whisper that Charlie has never recovered from his loss. Into his carefully ordered life comes Tess Carroll, a captivating, adventuresome woman training for a solo sailing trip around the globe. Fate steers her boat into a treacherous storm that blows her back to harbor, to a charged encounter with Charlie, and to a surprise more overwhelming than the violent sea itself. Charlie and Tess discover a beautiful and uncommon connection that leads to a race against time and a desperate choice between death and life, between the past and the future, between holding on and letting go(From the publisher). My Thoughts: This was a beautifully written story, a story about second chances, miracles and a story that proves not even death can come between a powerful bond. This book is packed with Tragedy, Romance, Suspense. It is definitely one of those reads that will have you flying through the pages because the suspense is almost unbearable. Ben Sherwood did an awesome job with the character development, I fell in love not only with the main characters but with the secondary ones as well. I bought this book after seeing the trailer for the film (Charlie St. Cloud) wanting to read the book first but now I wish I picked it up sooner. The Death and Life of Charlie St.Cloud is a beautifully crafted story and Sherwood did an amazing job creating the world of afterlife. Final Thought: This book will make you laugh, it will make you cry, but more specifically it will make you curious about the what other worlds await us after we're gone. This book is a definite must read but be warned you will need a tissue or two.
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9 comments:

  1. I read this book a few years ago and loved, loved, loved it. I took it with me when I was moving to L.A. and looking for apartments and such. I clearly connect this book with that experience in my mind. It's still one of the most "beautiful" books I think I've ever read, and it seems to me to be such a personal experience - I'm not sure if that's just because of the time when I was reading it and the life changes I was going through, but I don't think so.

    (P.S. I hate movie covers on books. They don't even use the full title for this one - but at least you used it in your blog title! Thank you for that).

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  2. For sure, if I were to read this novel, I would be crying. It sounds like the novel is like an emotional roller coaster. :)

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  3. Since we are in a cable free house I had not scene the preview for this movie and didn't know about the book. I recently saw the trailer on another blog. It looked great! Now I want to read it but am so afraid of how angry the movie will make me (they always change things and usually not for the better).

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  4. Nice review. Sounds like my kind of book! Think I'll pick it up tomorrow! :)

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  5. This book sounds great. I saw the preview for the movie when my friend DRAGGED me to the theater to see Eclipse. I honestly didn't know it was a book too! I just thought it was a new movie coming out. Thanks for doing the review, I'll be adding it to my "want" list.

    Have a good one! I'm going to continue on the Book Blogger Hop!

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  6. Like Maggie above, I didn't know the movie was based on a book! Thanks for enlightening me! Looks like a must-read.

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  7. I didn't know this was a book. Geez, is nothing original anymore. lol. But seriously, I think I will probably like the book moreso than the movie. That's usually always the case.

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  8. I wanted to go see the movie but I think You're made a good point with the book. Will read book first and have a handy dandy kleenex box ready. Need to have a good book to curl up with so wish me luck at finding it at local library.

    Great review and 5 turtles is GREAT!Those are turtles right??

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  9. Nice review! Gerard read this book and liked it very much too. Here's the link to the review he did on it:
    http://ourstack.blogspot.com/2010/08/death-and-life-of-charlie-st-cloud-by.html

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