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Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud by Ben Sherwood: Mini Book Review (ebook)

The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud

by Ben Sherwood
Random House
ISBN: 9780553383256

Description: 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 monument...moreThe 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.

Luminous, soulful, and filled with unforgettable characters, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud is one of those rare, wise books that reveal the mysteries of the unseen world around us, gently transforming the worst pain of loss into hope, healing, and even laughter. Suspenseful and deeply moving, its startling climax reminds us that sometimes tragedies can bring about miracles if we simply open our hearts

Mini Review: Warning -- have a hanky when you are reading this. I am a sucker for these types of books since I am such an emotional girl.  Absolutely beautiful and hopeful to read even considering the subject matter. It's the sort of book that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy without being schmaltzy, I think its a great book for both men and women, and if my husband liked to read, I think he would enjoy this.  I also hope my 2 boys will develop a close relationship as the brothers do in the book -- without the whole death thing of course.  I really enjoyed the idea that when you dream of dead loved ones, they are actually almost visiting you in a dream. Both my Mom and Dad are gone and I dream of them often, so I find this very comforting. My only problem when reading this was because of the movie. I haven't seen the movie but I have seen the posters with Zac Efron (Spoiler alert) and the scene where the characters have sex all I can imagine is little Zac having sex and that is just creepy -- he's just a boy. OK, I'm 40 and I'm a Mom, he's a little boy to me.  It's a perfect read for a cold winter's night all wrapped up in a soft blanket with a warm tea (OK or booze) and just can just lose yourself in the story.   Those who enjoy Nicholas Sparks will enjoy this, not as schmaltzy as some of Sparks works, but it has that same romantic and hopeful feel to it.  All reminds me a little of Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven, which I just adored.  Go Buy It -- this will definitely be a keeper for me

Quotes

"We all shine on. You just have to release your hearts, alert your senses, and pay attention. A leaf, a star, a song, a laugh. Notice all the little things, because somebody is reaching out to you."

"That is the inescapable math of tragedy and the multiplication of grief. Too many good people die a little when they lose someone they love. One death begets two or twenty or one hundred. It is the same all over the world."

4.5 Dewey's
I ordered my copy from Kobo I read this as part of my ebook challenge and also wanted you guys to know about it since I enjoyed it so much

2 comments:

  1. I've been thinking about picking this one up, been in the mood for a tearjerker lately =)

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  2. I was not interested in this-ot the movie- but I read a book by Ben Sherwood and I really liked it. Now I'll have to think about it.

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