The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud Paperback
by Ben Sherwood
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, Charlie has taken a job tending to the lawns and monuments in the New England cemetery where Sam is buried.
When he meets Tess Carroll, a captivating, adventurous woman in training for a solo sailing trip around the globe, they discover a beautiful and uncommon connection that, after a violent storm at sea, eventually forces them to choose between death and life, past and present, holding on and letting go.
The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud is a romantic and uplifting novel about second chances and the liberating power of love.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 200 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 20/05/2005
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780330488907
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Review by phoebesmum
A Richard 'n' Judy Summer Read. I probably wouldn't have bought it if I'd noticed that. As it is, I really enjoyed it, although it was frightfully sentimental, and rather intrusively religious. It's the story of a young man who, as a boy, is responsible for his little brother's death in a car crash, and who lives thereafter not only with the guilt but also with his brother's ghost. Literally. Possibly I liked it because it reminded me of Dan Rydell. Oh, Danny!
Review by ctmsalpo
Promises are fragile gifts that are easily broken. When they are, hearts are splintered along with them. Sometimes what hurts the most is that if that promise is not kept, then it can result in permanent loss, like for Charlie and Sam. Charlie's unforgiving decision took his little brother's life. The only thread that ties the two brothers so tightly together is Charlie's promise to stay by Sam's side and play catch with him every night. Thirteen years later, Charlie is working at the cemetary and lying in the shadows, but still following his commited routine of baseball with Sam, pledging to himself that he will remain this way forever. But while captured in the torn pieces of his past, his present begins to creep in, bringing Tess, the beautiful, witty, and sassy sailor with plans to sail around the world. Charlie instantly falls head over heels for her. Suddenly, a decision is tossed at him: should he remain tied to his little brother, or try something new and risk loosing what he's had forever? The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud was definately one of the saddest yet most beautiful books I've ever read. The storyline was touching and sweet but dark and depressing at the same time. As far as characters went, Ben Sherwood did a pretty good job with sculpting the ups and downs of their personalities, mixing them with the right amount of captivation and reality. Charlie is someone that I would love with all my heart, because he's honest, sweet, cute, and keeps promises. What I didn't like about the novel was that it moved to quickly. Tess and Charlie's romance was supposed to be rushed, I get that. But everything escalated at such a speed (their meeting, their conflicts, etc.) that I felt that someone had pressed the fast-foward button. I had to reread several times because I thought I must have skipped something. Other than that, I thought it was an overall fabulous novel. I cried when Sam died- from the start, I knew I was going to love his character too, he seems so adorable!- and at the very end. While I'd reccomend this to anyone who has an interest in it, I will warn you that there are some gruesome, gory details that at which I couldn't help shudder. But otherwise, two thumbs way up!
Review by curlycurrie
The back of this book detailed a story where the main character is 'faced with a choice - between life and death, the past and the present, holding on and letting go.' It alluded to spirits and the supernatural. I opened it sceptically, by halfway I couldn't put it down, by threequatrters of the way in I was enveloped in sadness and by the end I was in tears! I don't think you cna ask anymore of a story.Thoroughly recommended, it will definitely make you look at life (and death) from a different angle.
Review by HeartlessOne42
So I read this book in a day. I know a lot of the other reviews said that it is an obvious story with a trite romance, but personally I thought it was a lovely little tale well told. There were a few technical terms that might have been explained for those of us who didn't grow up sailing, but it by no means took away from the story, and certainly wasn't enough to drop the books star rating. This was compared to The Time Travelers Wife, and while it didn't quite live up to those standards in my heart, it did have a similar feel. Now I'll avoid the movie at all costs so it's not ruined forever.