Book Reviews of The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud

The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud
The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud
Author: Ben Sherwood
ISBN-13: 9780553802207
ISBN-10: 0553802208
Publication Date: 3/2/2004
Pages: 288
Rating:
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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4.2 stars, based on 32 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 5
This was an enjoyable read - nothing deep or exceptional though. I can see this being converted into a movie - which i think would be worth seeing as well. It's a book about second chances, miracles and letting go. Good summer read!
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Helpful Score: 3
This is not the kind of book I would usually enjoy. It sounds syrupy (and it kind of is) and it had deep meaning (and it does). But I loved this book. The writing is... well... it's lyrical. I read this one quickly, couldn't put it down. This is actually the first book by Ben Sherwood I've read. I think I'll have to seek out that 747 one I hear a lot about...

Definitely a must read book. I think it's one of those "it's nice to think that way" kind of thing. For me, the story was just really well done. I will say I saw the Tess thing about 3000 miles away ;)

Read this one!
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Helpful Score: 2
SURPRISE! This is a great story, a little sappy, but great for a weekend read. Judging from the recent movie preview, I didn't expect such a good read, but it really was. It was nice to have Zac Effron to look at lying on my nightstand too. :)
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Helpful Score: 2
This was a great book! One of the reviews on the back says "mystical and magical" and that is exactly what it is. This books give you a magical look at how our loved ones reach out to us after they have passed away. It's a great way to comfort someone who has recently loss someone close. It is a great fantasy nove. I would highly recommend it to everyone.
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Helpful Score: 2
Oh how I loved this book! The writing is so lyrical! I knew by the end of the first paragraph that this was going to be a wonderful read and it was. Intriguing story that will leave you thoughtful and stay with you a long time. You will soar with this book!
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Helpful Score: 2
This book caught my eye in the bookstore after I had seen the movie trailer on tv. I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading but I was curious as to how the story would unfold. The story is about brothers and the bond they share... their relationship seems a little too perfect but maybe it is just the ideal. As Charlie grows up the story becomes more about loving and living. The more I read this story the more I enjoyed it!

Note: If you are Nicholas Sparks fan, read this book and get the Nicholas Sparks feel on a whole new level!
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Helpful Score: 2
I really enjoyed this book; it wasn't depressing but certainly sad in parts. It is well written and quick reading.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is a wonderful story about life, death, life after death and love. Charlie feels bad about his brother dying, so he becomes the caretaker for the cemetary so he can be close to his dead brother. But then he falls in love. His love is in danger and can he, with his special powers, save her before she goes to the other side. This story still stays with me long after I was done reading it.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is apparently a movie now, though I haven't seen it. If they stick close to the book, the movie ought to be a real winner! 4 stars!

From back cover:
In a snug New England fishing village, Charlie St. Cloud tends the lawns and monuments of an ancient cemetery where his younger brother, Sam, is buried. After surviving the car accident that claimed his brother's life, Charlie is graced with an extraordinary gift: He can see, talk to, and even play catch with Sam's spirit. Into this magical world comes Tess Carroll, a captivating woman training for a solo sailing trip around the globe. Fate steers her boat into a treacherous storm that propels her into Charlie's life. Their beautiful and uncommon connection leads to a race against time and a choice between death and life, between the past and the future, between holding on and letting go -- and the discovery that miracles can happen if we simply open our hearts.
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Helpful Score: 1
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 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.
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Helpful Score: 1
Cute love story with an interesting twist!
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Helpful Score: 1
this is a love story, first the love of a brother for a brother later the love of a man for a woman. After a terrible car accident, Charlie discovers he has a amazing gift.He can see, talk and play catch with his younger brother who was killed in the accident. Charlie has promised to always be there for his brother. Then Charlie meets a beautiful young woman, and the race againt time begins.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is a brillant, beautiful novel about the death and life of Charlie St. Cloud. It touches you so deeply that it stays with you long after you finish the story.
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This is one of the greatest books I have read ever! The story had a nice flow, there were parts that made me smile, laugh out loud and cry. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone!
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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 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.
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This was a great read.
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This book is easy to read and hard to put down, it is well told and is a great tale of hope. I loved it.
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Just finished this book. It was great! This was a five star. This is a romance and also a fantasy full of ghosts and what happens when you and your brother decide to hold on to each other even after death. Put it on your wish list. This is a very unusual book.
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Beautifully written. Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud is a must read. The books touches on some sensitive topics but does so in a way that it is unobtrusive to the reader. You feel a part of the story and start to love the characters. I found this book to be quite cathartic in its final chapters.
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Loved this book. This is one of those books that make you feel entwined with the characters. I didnt want it to end
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I'm so happy no one told me this was 'life-changing'. That one statement almost ruined The Shack for me. I read this mostly because it looked and sounded interesting to me. And also because of the hype surrounding it. I don't always fall for the hyped up books - in fact, unless it does interest me in some way I couldn't make myself read it. Twilight and the rest? No can do. This was borderline for me. It seemed also to be borderline light fantasy and fantasy is something I've always tended to shy away from, even light fantasy. I probably only read this at this point in my life because my sister wanted it and I ordered and received it on PBS.
I expected slow and unrealistic and I got the opposite pretty much. Charlie and Tess are both characters you can really cling to and hope and wish for. Sam couldn't have been portrayed any better and the same can be said for so many, if not all, of the secondary characters. Tink, while a very odd name for a burly man IMO, is a great add-on character. He didn't play a huge part in the story but he brought a lot to the table.
I like Ben Sherwood's take on crossing over. I can only hope he's more on the mark than missing it. I very much liked the introduction and the author's note. The few pics of Sherwood on the movie set were an added bonus.
I'd certainly give a favorable opinion to anyone asking me my thoughts on the story and I'd even recommend if the opportunity arose. I doubt I'll see the movie even though I've been told, by more than a couple people, that it's good because I'm not big on t.v./movies anyway and in my experience the movie - most movies - aren't anywhere near as "good" as people say. I'd like to remember the story as I remember it now.
I think this may be one I'll keep a copy of for Julia when she gets older. I'd be interested in her opinion on it eventually.
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I didn't even know about this book until I saw the preview for the movie. Like most movies, they come from books and I wondered if this one did too. Sure enough. I couldn't put it down! I read it in two days and wanted to keep reading. I was sad when it ended!
I am even thinking of recommending it to a friend who lost her sone almost two years ago.
I loved the charaters and the lanugae was great. Very descriptive and painted a great picture in my mind. I would recommend this book to anyone!
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This book is one for anyone who has went through death of a loved one. It is a wonderful story with healing balm in its pages. A story of love that even death couldn't break. A promise that was kept even at great loss and a second chance at life,love and real life.
You won't want to put it down.
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A great read that was emotional and at times downright confusing - the author Ben Sherwood would only unload a few details at a time. Sometimes it was frustrating not being completely in the know, but after I was put in the know - I was certainly glad that there was a delay in knowing all the facts.

After thoroughly confusing you, to be simple - I am glad I read this book before I watched the movie. I always like to read the book first because I would rather a movie be ruined and I love to compare how the director's take the book and translate it onto the big screen. I absolutely love it when I have no idea it is a movie and I get to completely make up what the characters look like, this was not the case as I knew that Zac Efron would be Charlie, but I am interested to see what Tess will look like in the movie.

I would absolutely recommend to all who are interested in watching the movie to read this first. This book was definitely on the girlier side of my reading habit. As I will be watching the movie soon, you will see a post reviewing and comparing what I liked and didn't like.
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One of the best books I've read in my life time. BUY it. Its worth your money.
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Piece of fluff book and nicely done. Nothing taxing on the mind.
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Excellent story. I like books like this that get you thinking about how to live your life.