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Wednesday, July 21, 2010
The Life and Death of Charlie St. Cloud-Ben Sherwood @ 10:18 AM


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.

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.


Description in one word: Meaningful

The Life and Death of Charlie St. Cloud (published later as Charlie St. Cloud) definitely a book that made me think about a lot of things. It was yet another book that I couldn't put down, and it kept me thinking about what would happen. It was definitely an emotional book, as all three of the main characters, Charlie and Sam and Tess, had a lot going on all throughout the novel. They were EASILY relateable characters, which I love. Sherwood did a wonderful job with The Life and Death of Charlie St. Cloud, and I look forward to reading more by him when I get the chance.

Rating: 9-GREAT read :) I DEFINITELY recommend it.