The death and life of Charlie St Cloud

by Ben Sherwood | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0553802208 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Breeze144 of Ajax, Ontario Canada on 4/1/2007
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4 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Breeze144 from Ajax, Ontario Canada on Sunday, April 01, 2007
I've heard great things about this book....picked up this copy from the Oakville Library Sale to share!

Journal Entry 2 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Monday, May 14, 2007
received from Breeze as I won it in the YBS swap

Journal Entry 3 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, June 08, 2011
When Charlie St. Cloud was 15, he 'borrowed' a car to take his 12 year old brother Sam to a baseball game and instead had a deadly accident. Charlie barely survived and his brother did not but Charlie promised him he would never leave him. Now 28, Charlie is the caretaker of the cemetery where Sam is buried and every evening at dusk throws balls with Sam. Yes, the dead brother.

Tess is planning a world-wide solo sailing adventure when she meets Charlie. Over time there develops a beautiful relationship.

But Charlie eventually has to decide between his brother and Tess and even life and death.

This book is a sweet love story with a twist.

Journal Entry 4 by HoserLauren at Toronto, Ontario Canada on Monday, July 25, 2011
Reading now!

Journal Entry 5 by HoserLauren at Toronto, Ontario Canada on Friday, July 29, 2011
Charlie St. Cloud and his brother Sam are huge baseball fans. When Charlie borrows a neighbour's car to drive to the Red Sox game, the brothers don't think anything of it. On the way home, they are involved in a horrible accident and Sam doesn't survive his injuries. Charlie has no signs of life for a moment, but comes back after making a promise to his brother to never leave him. Now, many years later, Charlie is leading an incredibly sheltered life, working at the graveyard, in order to stay close to his brother.

Charlie is gifted or cursed with the ability to see not only his dead brother, but also the other spirits in the graveyard who have just died and are passing on. Every night Charlie plays ball with his brother and cannot be late or else his brother starts to fade, which has never allowed him to become close to anyone else, until he meets Tess. Tess is an independent woman who is set on sailing around the world by herself but feels a spark with Charlie shortly before she's set to sail off.

This book is a very easy read and could be classified as a romance as much as fiction/literature. It's not too sappy, though I found it to be quite predictable. I was a bit worried it was going to become a Romeo/Juliette story line but thankfully it didn't go down that path. It's a pretty sweet story. I watched the trailer for the movie after finishing the book and it looks to be quite different from the book (and quite stupid to be honest). Read the book rather than watch the movie!

Journal Entry 6 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Monday, August 01, 2011
This book is back with me!

Journal Entry 7 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, January 15, 2012
mailed to zzz who took this out of the Everybook VBB on BookObsessed

Journal Entry 8 by zzz at Rakovica, City of Belgrade Serbia on Thursday, February 02, 2012
Charlie arrived safe and sound today.
Thank you Ace!

Journal Entry 9 by zzz at Rakovica, City of Belgrade Serbia on Sunday, January 24, 2016
I've read this one 2013 but never posted journal entry (I did it on Goodreads) and now I'm preparing few books to release in one Hostel here in Belgrade run by a friend who gave me permission to do so. I thought it would be a good releasing spot since it'll be exposed to foreigners (i.e. native English speakers) who visits Belgrade.

This book will be released in memory of AceofHearts, a dear friend with whom I shared many books and who as you can see, also read this one.

And here is my review copy/pasted from goodreads (I hope next readers will like it more than I did):

Right. Umm... it was ... nice, easy read after which you can get a bit ill. Especially if you're diabetic. OK I know it's fiction and therefore a place where everything is possible but I constantly had a feeling that I'm actually reading one of those self-help books, In this case to help you awake your divine you. And this is (I guess) book for young adults which is quite unsettling: way too much religion and God for a young brain. I'd like to think "never give up", "don't loose hope" etc is the message but it could have been delivered differently. Free of indoctrination (sorry but that's how I feel).

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