[Reading] ➶ The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud By Ben Sherwood – Golanvideoagency.info

The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud I thought this book was pretty terrible It was like if Nicholas Sparks and that guy who wrote The 5 People you Meet In Heaven got drunk, had a baby, and made the baby write a book That being said, this baby, or author sure knows how to write for the masses Its like he gathered every trite description of the afterlife ghostly time spent on earth and crammed it into one book But, I am sure that a lot of people would actually enjoy this book It s an easy read, and the author does know how to keep things moving which made the suffering easier to cope with I think if this book wasn t crammed full of cliche crap it would have been good I also had a problem with it because most of the characters appeared to be really religious, and by religious I mean Christian However, their spirits and the descriptions of the afterlife paid no mention to their religious beliefs When most people would think they should go hand in hand So my question is why so many references to God when the character was alive, but not really any when they died.So, unless you like that kind of stuff, I suggest re gifting it to your mom, or your local cat lady.PS I kind of teared up a bit Causing me to dislike this sub par book just a little. A small coastal town in Massachusetts, two brothers who share a love of baseball and mischief, an infamous bridge where the brothers lives change forever Charlie looses everything closest to him, and he leaves his life behind to take a job working at the local cemetery, and realizes he was given a gift A gift where he sees ghosts as they cross over He makes a promise to his little brother that they will always be together, and keeps this promise by meeting him in the clearing every dusk to play catch Soon, Tess Carroll, enters Charlie s life, and he looses himself in her Just as everything seems to be figured out, another accident impacts Charlie s life This book is pretty close to the movie, heartwarming characters, and a bold flavor of faith, makes this a feel good book Perfect for this time of year. Last Friday, I was in NBS Centerpoint checking their 75% cutdown sale I bought some P99 previously US library books, some brand new ones like Tinkers and Sh t My Father Says reviewed previous to this Then I saw this book It had been a while since I read a current Movie Tie In book so I checked this out This edition was published in June 2010 and still sitting there in the New Arrivals gondola I checked the blurbs and all the famous current bestselling authors are saying something good about the book Sue Monk Kidd says one of the most magical stories I ve ever read Adriana Trigiana this is a story that will grip you from page one James Patterson You won t forget Charlie and Tess and Sam Luanne Rice A perfect miracle of a love story and even the novelist who I hate most, Nicholas Sparks, says Touching, wise, and full of hope, everything a wonderful novel should be.So, I bought the book and read it the whole day today, Sunday, August 8, 2010 And oh, those authors above say it all and say it true This is a very nice book Almost amazing It is just that I am not giving this a 5 star because I will be degrading the likes of Boris Pasternak, Louis de Bernieres, John Steinbeck by putting Ben Sherwood in THAT same level Not yet but Sherwood s Charlie St Cloud is definitely a mile better than Nicholas Sparks The Lucky One or even his bigger hit Message in a Bottle.The reason is that this book, originally entitled as The Life and Death of Charlie St Cloud when it was first published in 2004 is not just an ordinary boy meets girl love story That tested formula, told in many ways different characters, different situations, etc by novelist like Sparks comes second in terms of this book s theme More than that kind of love, Charlie St Cloud is a love story between two brothers 15 y o Charlie and his younger brother, 12 y o Sam Theirs is a strong bond that I have never read until today Something that I think I never experienced even with either one of my two older brothers Imagine this scene when they were about to part ways towards the end of the novel Promise you won t leave me, Charlie said Promise Swear he said, amazed to find himself repeating the very same conversation from all those years ago This time, however, it was Sam who comforted Charlie I swear, his kid brother said Cross your heart and hope to die Hope to die, Sam said I love you I love you too The brothers stood up.It is cheesy and almost gayish Maybe we are not the kissing and hugging people in the family but it just feels unnatural to be saying those lines However, Charlie and Sam are fatherless and they are only living with their mother The story did not mention any friends they hang up with Of course, Sherwood also explains in the interview that he hopes to have his own 2 sons to develop the kind of bond like that of Charlie and Sam s.The writing is ordinary but it has many heart tugging quotable sweet quotes that you will surely love The love story between Charlie and Tess does not go overboard The ghostly side of story reminds me of Demi Moore s Ghost or the Melinda Gordon s character in the TV series Ghost Whisperer but we don t always need to have original concepts to like a good story anyway.I also appreciated Sherwood using lines from Dive for Dreams by e.e cummings to heighten the emotion of the story trust your heartif the seas catch fire and live by lovethough the stars walk backwardsIf you want to reminisce your first love or to fall in love again, give this book a try Forget about Zach Efron who will play Charlie and Amanda Crew as Tess in Universal Pictures soon to be shown movie adaptation Just read the book For almost always, the book is better than the movie. Never, until I opened Charlie St Cloud, has a book interrupted my life I stayed up late reading page after page, and once I gave in to sleep, I awoke early and snuck some pages in before MommyHood called me to duty I ignored the laundry and forgot about the dishes because I needed to know what happen to Charlie, Sam and Tess I was sucked into the world Ben Sherwood created and I loved every minute of it.Okay, Zac Efron s face on the cover made me pick up the book, but the story inside than satisfied The unexpected twists fulfilled the need for depth and the bond between characters warmed my heart and softened my soul.The underlining story is one to learn from holding on to the past disrupts the person within you Brilliant One can only hope the movie is as gripping everybody laughs. The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud has sat on my bookshelf for years after I had read it once not long after high school and for some reason, yesterday, I decided to reread it I think I appreciated it a lot the second time around It s a story of miracles and second chances It s a story of true love and true friendship The characters, although ordinary and human, are unforgettable Their journeys, although supernatural, are very relatable I highly recommend this book I also recommend that you have a box of tissues near by. When Charlie St Cloud was fifteen years old, a tragic accident that involved borrowing a neighbor s car, a trip to a ballgame, and an encounter with a semi trailer on a bridge led to the death of his three years younger brother, Sam In fact, Charlie was technically dead for minutes before his heart started beating again no one knows for sure, but this might be why Charlie lives the life he does For Charlie, now twenty eight, taking care of Waterside Cemetery is than just a job He s able to help the inhabitants of Marblehead through their grief, care for the eighty acres of land, live in the caretaker s cottage, and play baseball every night at sunset with his brother, Sam Yes, the one who has been dead for thirteen years Somehow, Sam and Charlie have a bond that has defied death, and the promise Charlie made to his younger brother that long ago night I ll never leave you has held, even though one of them is no longer alive Then one day Charlie meets Tess Carroll, a woman who builds sails and is planning for an around the world solo boat trip, at her father s grave Immediately Charlie and Tess spark a connection, and quite soon realize that they may have found their soul mates Unfortunately, not everything is at it seems It s actually hard to tell a lot about this book with giving away the spoilers that would ruin your enjoyment Suffice it to say that THE DEATH AND LIFE OF CHARLIE ST CLOUD is unlike any book I ve ever read before it s a character study of human nature, of brotherly love, of the ingrained desire in most people to help their fellow man It s about miracles sometimes the kind that half the world notices, and sometimes only the kind that an individual can discover on their own You won t go wrong with this uplifting, inspirational tale I ll forever be glad I read this book, which reminds me in some ways of THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN Two great books, lots of miracles, tons of love. Opening LineCharlie St Cloud wasn t the best or brightest boy in Essex County, but he was surely the most promising I read this a few years ago but after recently seeing the movie I was reminded of how much I d liked this story and decided I had to revisit Charlie St Cloud and his little brother Sam Even though I knew the big reveal this time through I was still able to immerse myself completely in this magical, moving journey from death back to life With a story and writing style reminiscent of Nicholas Sparks this is an easy, beautiful and somewhat tear jerking read that I would recommend to fans of his There is of course a touching love story here but to me this was about brothers, letting go of the past and embracing life.Sherwood also manages to also bring the seaside town of Marblehead Massachusetts to life with quaint and intriguing secondary characters and a unique yachting theme There were times here when I could actually smell the sea breeze, feel the salt spray on my face and really see his descriptions of clouds and setting suns So much so that despite the movie being filmed some 50 miles from my Canadian back yard I still had the urge to visit New England I think what I liked most here though was Sherwood s comforting take on the afterlife giving us all hope that our departed are with us, all around us and waiting for us As a teenager Charlie St Cloud died in a car accident, brought back after a few minutes by the paramedics his younger brother Sam wasn t to be so lucky During those brief moments before Charlie was returned to life he made a promise to his brother that he would never leave him, and he never has Now 13 years later Charlie is working in a cemetery, he s still full of guilt over the accident however by some twist of fate he can now see the dead walking amongst the tombstones and every night at sunset he meets Sam in a secret grove where they play baseball together in a Field Of Dreams sort of way Charlie s never missed a single sunset with the fear that his brother would fade away if he did, in this way though neither of them has been able to move on The cemetery almost becomes a character of its own here, no longer feeling like a creepy, sad place but one of magic and adventure Tess Carol is about to embark on a solo sailing trip around the world so meeting someone like Charlie is definitely not in her plans Yet despite his odd habit of disappearing at sunset she can t help but fall in love, these days he seems to be the only one who really sees her When Tess s boat is lost in a storm Charlie is faced with the ultimate choice between death and life In joining the search party he chooses love and a future full of possibilities yet in doing so he ll also break his promise and risk losing his brother forever. 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 LossInto 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 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 GoLuminous, 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 Once I got passed the fabulousness of the book cover, I was immediately captivated by the story of Charlie St Cloud This was a great book about the possibilities of finding your soul mate when you least expect it and about an unbreakable bond between two brothers The author presented a perfect blend of love and devotion balanced with tragedy and ultimate hope It has everything I love in a good story, including a splash of paranormal delivered with events and possibilities that make you wonder what truly happens with life after death Charlie and Sam St Cloud are brothers not only bonded by blood but also a fatal car accident that sends Sam to the life in between and Charlie back to the here and now grieving for his little brother After the car accident, Charlie is graced with the gift of seeing people in between life and death He spends the next thirteen years working as a care taker so he can be close to his brother, keeping to his promise of never leaving him All that changes when Tess crosses Charlie s path But just when you think you know what the story is attempting to deliver, the author executes a plot twist that has you wondering what the feathers just happened I was tempted to go back and re read scenes that I apparently misinterpreted or missed the obvious clues, but I didn t The story took me where it needed to go, and I was on the edge of my seat hoping for the best.Some would call this book a story about tragedy, but I see it as one about hope in the most desperate of situations Great book that I can t wait to see translated to screen and not just for the obvious reasons insertcheesy grinWe are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Driving back from a ball game, Charlie St Cloud and his brother race the moon, right into a drunk guy s truck Charlie makes it His brother doesn t Years later, Charlie is stuck He s been working at the cemetery with no plans for the future, other than playing ball with his brother s ghost each night But he s worried If he misses a night, his brother might fade away forever, and when he meets a girl, his orderly life begins to unravel.The first half of this book tugged at my heartstrings before the second half weirded me out A couple different characters take turns narrating this book I really enjoyed this at the beginning, as a change in narrators would flip the tone of the book on its head, but I can see how some people might find it jarring The changes in narrators also made the book move along at a good pace, and it was touching how it depicted death from both the perspectives of the loved ones, and the dead The romance was actually a big turn off for me because I found it really weird I liked the side characters and the town a lot , and I wish the book had spent time developing them.Overall, I liked the book, but some parts really bugged me If you re not weirded out by view spoiler people having sex with ghosts hide spoiler


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