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Editorial Reviews. vaidirampmena.ml Review. Questions for Ben Sherwood About Charlie St. Cloud Add Audible book to your download for just $ Deliver to. 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. As a boy, Charlie St Cloud narrowly survived a car crash that killed Sam, his little brother. Years later, still unable to recover from his loss.
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: This time, however, it was Sam who comforted Charlie. 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. Just read the book. For almost always, the book is better than the movie. View all 23 comments. 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 p 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.
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.
View 2 comments. 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. 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: View 1 comment. 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 more than just a job. He's When Charlie St. 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.
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. Two great books, lots of miracles, tons of love. Opening Line: 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 reminisce Opening Line: 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 more 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.
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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. As a teenager Charlie St. 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.
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.
View all 10 comments. Once I got passed the fabulousness of the book cover, I was immediately captivated by the story of Charlie St. 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 wonde Once I got passed the fabulousness of the book cover, I was immediately captivated by the story of Charlie St. 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. 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.
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.
View all 35 comments. Cloud,' by Ben Sherwood is a story of loss, grief, love, and the afterlife. It follows protagonist Charlie St.
Charlie St. Cloud
Cloud after a tragic accident in which his younger brother, Sam, is killed. Charlie was fifteen at the time and the aftermath of the tragedy falls heavily on his shoulders.
Thirteen years later he is working at the town cemetery when he meets Tess, a young sailor and adventurer. But Charlie has not moved on with his life since Sam's death. Meeting Tess causes Charlie to ask himself the question of whether he can move forward, releasing himself and Sam from the past. It's a good, solid book and I enjoyed reading that the author had put a lot of time and energy into the research that went into making the book.
For example, Sherwood spent a week working at a cemetery "opening holes, trimming hedges, and consoling families. His descriptions of the cemetery and Charlie's role as caretaker rang true. While I enjoyed this book a lot, my critique would be that the characters could have used a little more development. I would have enjoyed knowing more about what kind of boy Sam was, as well as more about their Mother. While this type of characterization may not have added to the plot line, for me, it would have given the book more weight, more meaning.
I enjoy meaty, complex characters, and these characters were a tad shallow, lacking muscles. However, I tremendously enjoyed the concept and the way the author dealt with the afterlife and its possibilities. Graced with an extraordinary gift after sur Description: I first wanted to read the book because I saw that they were making a movie with Zac Efron and I mean, come on, who doesn't like a good Efron movie?
So I stopped at the local Target and picked it up. What a good decision. Charlie was a wonderful character and I fell in love with Sam, his little brother because he was sort of the comedic relief throughout the story. I did think that the main characters, Tess and Charlie, were a little old for my taste I think they were in their 30's. I'm not saying that's old or anything, but I think I was a little influenced my picturing Zac instead. I thought the connection that the two brothers share is just extraordinary and so so sweet.
This book reallt made me question what I plan on doing with my life and realize that I should live every second to the fullest and not take anything for granted I'm referring of course to the Vampire section, formerly known as the young adult section. I plan on seeing the movie sometime this week so I don't now how they compare just quite yet.
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But I don't think there is any way to really screw it up, because anyway you look at it, it is a wonderful and sweet story line. View all 3 comments. I originally bought this book only because the movie adaptation had just been released. I had seen the previews and knew it was something I'd want to watch. Knowing that the movie was first a book, like always, I felt that I needed to read before renting.
I ended up scooping it from the check-out aisle at Wal-Mart late one night and upon getting home, throwing it in my bedside table drawer, forgetting about it until just a few days ago. Since then, Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood had ruled my I originally bought this book only because the movie adaptation had just been released. Cloud by Ben Sherwood had ruled my life. It was almost as if it was glued to my hand.
Even though it's an easy going, lower-level reader, captivation is not just a promise but a guarantee. A beautifully written, understandable, and heart-felt story of a man faced with many complicated decisions. Cloud survives a car accident that took his younger brother Sam's life. After this near-death experience, Charlie is left with a gift of being able to see, communicate, and interact with spirits caught in limbo. One of these spirits is his younger brother that he has promised to never leave.
Charlie's unusual talent is not only a gift but a curse. As he falls into routine of keeping his promise to Sam, he is simultaneously forfeiting his own life. Even though the book is simply written, it is littered with the age old battles between life and death, faith and knowledge, holding on and letting go, as well as the past and the future.
Thrown in the mix to make the story even better is the differenciation or lack thereof one sometimes must realize between unconditional love and tough love.
I highly recommend this book to anyone that is looking for a quick, uplifting, and mesmerizing read or is wavering in their faith. Sherwood's Charlie St. Cloud is truly an underestimated gem of literature.
I really wanted to like this book, the premise was exciting and I was ready to be swept away to a world of fantasy, mystery and romance. I was disappointed though, I found the characters stereotypical and the plot predictable and cheesy. The whole book felt like a set up for a Hollywood movie. The book promises ghosts, intrigue and a unique point of view, but delivers the same old romantic comedy that's been done a million times over. I was not expecting to enjoy this book, I really only picked it up because it has Zac Efron on the cover.
But it was amazing. It was a captivating and beautiful story about love and grief. I really have no words to describe how this book made me feel. This book definitely deserves more hype. I had never even heard of it before I saw it at a thrift store and bought it. I really want for more people to read and enjoy this story. I think that it is an important and powerful read.
This was one of those. It was short under pages , with an interesting plot, and an adorable MC. It completely immerses you in the New England mind set, complete with sail boats, lush foliage, pretty people with deep pockets, and clam bakes. Honestly, it left me yearning for some time up north.
For those who missed the mo "There's a reason for everything, you said, and though it's a mystery to me now, I know it won't always be so. For those who missed the movie with Zac Efron, Charlie St. Cloud is about two brothers who are inseparable. When they get in a car accident, Sam, Charlie's younger brother, is killed. However, every night since the accident, Charlie and Sam play catch at twilight. Thanks to the accident, Charlie can now see and converse with spirits.
The book takes place thirteen years later, and Charlie hasn't missed a single night. Even though once Tess comes in, the bromance between Charlie and Sam takes the back seat, this book is very much about the profound bond between the brothers in the beginning and periodically throughout the story.
I loved that element of the story. I've always had a soft spot for relationships in novels between two people who love each other, truly and deeply, without the promise of romance. The romance was very fast, but I still enjoyed it. Even though it felt like one chapter they met, the next they made out, with both of their typically closed off personalities, it still felt like a natural relationship.
I did all the typical smiles and whispered words of encouragement while reading. This was just what I'd hoped for. A quick, enjoyable read with a lovely dash of romance, northeastern scenery, paranormal factors, and an overall great story. I loved this story. It was very sweet and sad. I absolutely adored the movie.
I'm a huge Zac Efron fan and though he's not as old as the character of Charlie in the book, I think they made the right decision in casting him. He's one of the very few young actors who can do romance seriously. If you haven't seen 17 again I highly encourage you to. I was actually disappointed when Chandler showed up again.
A nice, feel-good, supernatural romance. This is an easy read and somewhat predictable. As they reached their seats a thundering cheer rose for Roger Clemens, 21, throwing his first rocket. The boys laughingly bowed left and right to acknowledge the crowd. A stadium guard would later testify he saw the two unaccompanied youths, wearing caps and carrying mitts, but did not stop or question them.
Their seats were in right field, directly behind a guy who must have been seven feet tall, but it didn't matter. It could have poured, it could have snowed. Nothing could ruin the spectacle of the Green Monster in left field, the grass, the chalk lines, and the infield dirt.
They were right near Pesky's pole, just feet from home plate, easy distance for catching a home run.
One of their heroes, Wade Boggs, sat out the game with a sore right shoulder, but Jody Reed took his place and delivered, with a run-scoring double and homer off the left-field foul pole. The boys ate two hot dogs each with extra relish. Oscar got some Cracker Jacks from a woman in the next row. A big bearded guy next to her gave them a few sips of Budweiser. Charlie was care-ful not to drink too much. Still, the police report would mention traces of alcohol in their blood. There was enough to raise ques-tions, but not enough for answers.
Clemens shut out the Yankees, allowing only three hits and striking out seven. The crowd cheered, and Oscar howled. With the final out and a 2—0 victory in the books, the fans scattered but the boys stayed in their seats, replaying the highlights.
The team was now miraculously within striking distance of Toronto. Instead of falling apart in September, always the cruelest month, the Sox were surging. As long as it's you and me, that's what makes baseball great. The stadium lights began shutting down. The ground crew had just about spread the tarp over the infield. The boys headed for the parking lot, where the white station wagon was all alone.
The drive home was much faster. Springsteen was born to run on the radio. There was hardly any traffic. The trip would take half an hour. They would be home by Mom wouldn't be back until midnight.
Pung in Florida would never know. Just past the Wonderland Greyhound Park, Sam pulled a cas-sette from his pocket and stuck it in the radio. It was U2's The Joshua Tree. Charlie sang along to "With or Without You. They drove silently for a while, then Sam asked out of the blue, "How long will it be until I'm grown up? A great moon floated on the Saugus River, and he rolled down the window. Must be closer to us.
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That's just an optical illusion. Numbers were easy for him. The boys laughed. Then Sam said, "It's no optical delusion. It's closer tonight. I swear. Look, you can see a halo just like an angel's. Charlie checked his mirrors, aimed the car straight ahead, and took one quick glance to the right.
The moon was flickering be-tween the iron railings of the drawbridge, keeping pace with them as they sped home. It sure seemed closer than ever tonight. He turned his head for a better look.
He thought the bridge was empty so he pushed down on the gas. Of all his reckless decisions that night, surely this was the worst. Charlie raced the moon, and in the final second before the end, he saw the perfect image of happiness.
Sam's innocent face looking up at him. The curl dangling over his forehead. The Rawlings glove on his hand. And then there was only fracturing glass, metal, and blackness. Reprinted with permission by Bantam, a division of Random House, Inc.
All rights reserved. The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by by Ben Sherwood. The Book Report Network. Skip to main content. You are here: Cloud Excerpt. To be precise, Charlie ruined everything on Friday, September 20, What's better than that? Where'd those come from? Pung is on vacation.
We can borrow her wagon. You don't even have a license! She'll never know. Is it possible to explain the true "cause" of the crash? How do these ideas affect Charlie in the years after that night? Compare the various spirits Charlie observes while he's on the job in the cemetery.
What seems to determine their demeanor? In what ways do Tess and Charlie bear similar emotional scars when they meet? Why does Tess crave self-sufficiency at all costs? What motivates her to set off on such a daunting around-the-world mission?
Ben Sherwood worked as a television news producer for many years. Do you detect any journalistic influences in the novel, or do you think Sherwood's fiction reflects the opposite of a reporter's point of view? How does Charlie's experience and special gift compare with your own beliefs about the afterlife? In each character's storyline, what distinctions are made between accident and fate, between chance and destiny?
What ultimately saves Tess?His mother, Louise, cheered his every achieve-ment. Pung's Country Squire. Suspenseful and deeply moving, its startling climax reminds us that sometimes tragedies can bring about miracles if we simply open our hearts. But there are some cases you can never get out of your mind. You may think some of this seems far-fetched, even impossi-ble.
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