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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. Editorial Reviews. soundbefabnavi.cf Review. Questions for Ben Sherwood About Charlie St. Cloud download a Kindle Kindle eBooks Kindle Unlimited Prime Reading Best Sellers & More Kindle Book Deals Free Reading Apps Kindle Singles. Editorial Reviews. soundbefabnavi.cf Review. Questions for Ben Sherwood About Charlie St. Cloud Kindle Store; ›; Kindle eBooks; ›; Literature & Fiction.
We threw water on the roof but the house still burned down. Other times we got the job done, protecting lives, whole neighborhoods, and plenty of pets. Those cats and dogs sure chewed me up, but I'm glad I hauled every single one down the ladder. Most folks have a picture of us loaded with gear rushing into flaming buildings.
That's right. This is serious business. But in the quieter moments we also have our share of laughs. We can send a pal flying up into the air with a blast from the pressure hose, and we make our wives crazy planting rusty old hydrants next to the geraniums in our backyards. We have more toy fire trucks than our kids and we get into shouting matches over the best color for emergency vehicles. For the record, I prefer old-fashioned red to that ugly neon yellow. Above all, we tell stories, the kind where we turn down the TV, kick back in the La-Z-Boy, and relax for a while.
What follows is my favorite. It's about what happened thir-teen years ago on the General Edwards drawbridge not far from the redbrick station I call home. It wasn't the first time we had raced there to pry people out of wrecks or scoop up folks who had been hit in the crosswalk.
My first trip to the bridge was back in the Blizzard of '78, when an old man missed the warning light that the ramp was going up. He crashed through the barrier, flew right off the edge, and was submerged in his Pontiac for twenty-nine minutes. We knew be-cause that was how long his Timex had stopped when the divers cut him out from under the ice. He was frozen blue with no pulse, and I went to work breathing life back into him. In a few ticks, his skin turned pink and his eyes blinked open.
I was about twenty-four years old, and it was the most amazing thing I'd ever seen. The Revere Independent called it a miracle. I like to think it was God's will. In this line of work, the truth is you try to forget most of your runs, especially the sad ones where people die. If you're lucky they dissolve into a great big blur in your brain. But there are some cases you can never get out of your mind. They stay with you for your whole life. Counting the old man in the ice, I've had three.
When I was just a rookie, I carried a lifeless five-year-old girl from a hellish three-alarm on Squire Road. Her name was Eugenia Louise Cushing, and she was covered in soot. Her pupils were pinpoint, she wasn't breathing and her blood pressure was undetectable, but I kept trying to revive her. Even when the med-ical examiner pronounced her dead on the scene and began to fill out the paperwork, I kept going. Then all of a sudden, little Eugenia sat up on the stretcher, coughed, rubbed her eyes, and asked for a glass of milk.
That was my first miracle. I picked up Eugenia's crumpled death certificate and put it away in my wallet. It's all tattered now, but I keep it as reminder that anything is possible in this world.
That brings me to the case of Charlie St. Like I said, it starts with a calamity on the drawbridge over the Saugus River, but there's a lot more to it than that. It's about devotion and the unbreakable bond between brothers. It's about finding your soul mate where you least expect. It's about life cut short and love lost. Some folks would call it a tragedy, and I see their point. Tess follows Charlie and he explains to her that the more he is in her world, the less he is in Sam's.
Charlie discovers that Tess went missing while sailing through a storm a few days earlier; Charlie has been seeing her just like he can Sam. Florio's wife Carla tells Charlie that Florio died the previous night.
During one of the evenings Charlie and Tess have together they play hide and seek. Tess sticks a note on the door which says "come find me" with a drawing of a boat beneath it. Charlie realizes that Tess is not dead and that he must find her. Along with his friend Alistair and Tess's coach Tink, Charlie takes a boat to find her. The following sunset, Charlie misses his game with Sam. As Charlie confesses his love for his departed sibling, Sam tells Charlie that he loves him back and moves on from the living world.
He appears to Charlie as a shooting star in the sky to reveal Tess' location. The group finds Tess' wrecked boat along with her lying on the rocks. Charlie uses his body heat to keep Tess warm until they are found by the Coast Guard. Alistair tells Charlie that Tess had hypothermia and he saved her. 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. Admittedly, this was one of those rare cases where I actually like the movie more than the book! But this was still sad and adorable all at once, and there were even parts throughout that actually made me tear up a little bit — especially toward the end, with Charlie and his brother.
A nice, feel-good, supernatural romance. This is an easy read and somewhat predictable. Life, death, grief, love, and eventually acceptance and moving on are all themes covered in this story. An enjoyable, quick read. Trust your heart if the seas catch fire and live by love though the stars walk backwards. Cloud Okay back to book reviews we go!
Cloud or just Charlie St. Cloud was a very simple one. So, instead of reading Cress by Marissa Meyer after I had finished Scarlet, I decided to read a short book in order to meet my goal and it was pretty worth it. Not because it was my favourite or because it had epic romance or amazing action scenes, but because it changes your outlook on life.
At least it did for me.
Yes, he can still see his little brother, but in order to do that he sacrificed so much. That particularly was the most interesting to read for me. Not just a character who experienced trauma, but one that deals with it in such an obscure way.
And I think that is why I loved Tess so much. She was the one who challenged Charlie in so many ways and I liked that she maintained her own arc instead of just being another love interest in a story.
As for Sam…poor little Sam. I mean, I knew he was going to be a ghost for most of the book, but it still hurt me to see him not growing up. I loved the characters, the story, the setting, and above all else, that warm and fuzzy feeling you get at the end of it. The prologue and epilogue are great and you really grasp the life of Charlie and his struggles and his triumphs. I also really recommend the film and even with the small changes, I think it was exceptionally done.
Also Zac Efron was phenomenal as Charlie. I truly think this is a story that deserves to be heard. Have you read or seen Charlie St. Let me know what you thought! Happy Reading! This book was lent to me by a friend on recommendation. We'd been discussing the book "The Time Traveller's Wife" and she mentionned I might like this book as a result.
Reading the synopsis I didn't know how to interpret the part about "he is faced with a choice - between life and death, the past and the present, holding on and letting go". I guessed the story might have a quirky point of view or twist to the plot, but was a little bit worried that the book may go out on a far-fetched angle.
This This book was lent to me by a friend on recommendation. This soon became fairly apparent in the book. Without giving too much away, I was reminded of The Lovely Bones and The Time Traveller's Wife with the way the book flicked from various perspectives. The plot was an interesting idea but I personally felt the love story element wasn't very "real" and was actually quite dull and predictable. Considering the love story was the majority of the book, it didn't bode well.
I also didn't enjoy the more or less constant reminder of the spiritual and religious side of things. I realise the book is about life and death, so this fits with the category, but It just seemed a bit unnecessary in places.
I didn't warm to any of the characters which I felt a bit disappointed about. I found both Charlie and Tess to be a little bit wooden and strange. I felt like I knew nothing about them by the end of the book - we were given details about their lives and hobbies, yet the surface detail didn't allow me to get under the skin of them. The story had quite a sad element to it which I appreciated, but with the lack of being able to connect with the characters, I felt I couldn't really empathise with them - I only really empathised with their families and imagining the scenarios in real-life.
Alright for a quick and easy read. But I wouldn't want to read it again. Read this review and others on my blog, Shady Tree Reads I admit I picked this up after seeing the preview for the movie. The book starts out with a car accident that takes Charlies little brother sam from this world but keeps him in it. Becuase of this near death experience, he is able to see his brother every day at sundown, and keep a promise to play catch with him Read this review and others on my blog, Shady Tree Reads I admit I picked this up after seeing the preview for the movie.
Becuase of this near death experience, he is able to see his brother every day at sundown, and keep a promise to play catch with him. Something I love about books is when they don't take too long to get going, so that was the first positive thing I noted about this story.
However, the writing style is slightly different than I am used to, it kind of reminded me of the way Nicholas Sparks writes. But I didn't mind.
After the accident, the story jumps thirteen years into the future where we meet a functioning, but not fully living, Charlie St. He manages the Waterside cemetary, talks to the spirits on thier way to the next life, and plays catch with his little brother at sundown every single day.
The reader meets Tess Carroll, a spunky, danger seeking sailor who plans to be one of the top ten women who have ever sailed around the world.
Of course, she meets the perfect guy in Charlie days before she is to leave on her solo venture. Thier blossoming relationship is believable and real, and takes a heartbreaking turn that leaves the reader on the edge of thier seat until the very end. This book was about loss, love, and living to the fullest.
I read The death and life of Charlie St. Cloud because a friend encouraged me to read it and go see the movie with her. The book deals with what happens whe a loved one dies, and the choices that those left behind have to make, between holding onto them and letting go.
Cloud looses his brother Sam in an accident, but is still able to see him and play ball with him every night, because of a promise he made to his brother. But then he meets Tess Caroll and everything changes, forcing Charlie to reexamine his life and future for the first time since Sam died.
Throughout the novel the author tries to instill the local character of Marblehead and the North Shore of Boston, however, I think he went a little overboard.
The local facts and details became a bit tedious and distracting also cheesy to the story, even to someone who lives in the area. I also wish that the characters had developed a little more, I didn't feel as connected to them as I would have liked.
But overall a satisfying read. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was a sad and heartfelt story. I enjoyed reading it. The plot was one that almost made you believe it was real. Cloud the troubled guy who always felt responsible for the death of his little brother and never let go. I had guessed early on that Tess was a ghost but I wasn't fully sure of my guess until it was confirmed later in the book. I thought the characters were good and that she made Charlie into the guy that everybody would want to know, the only problem was that he wasn' This was a sad and heartfelt story.
I thought the characters were good and that she made Charlie into the guy that everybody would want to know, the only problem was that he wasn't letting go and because of this he wasn't the great kind of guy he should have been. This was an enjoyanble book and I'm looking forward to watching the movie.
This was a good one - I became intrigued by the movie trailer, then found out about the book. It was enjoyable, but not necessarily a book that I couldn't put down. Ben Sherwood Main Characters: To be exact it has been a month.
Cloud and left it undone two months ago; until yesterday comes, when I feel my hangover drained my body. So I started to read from page one again which I dreaded most.
I repeat it because of misinterpreting a line that leads me to a series of wrong conclusions reaching to a point that I am almost halfway of the book. So to catch up my reading and to go on with the next book on my list I finish the book It was a holiday yesterday and I had nothing to do inside our house , then watch the movie later that day.
Of course, as everybody does, I like the book rather than the movie but still there are things that made me hate the book leading me to a two star rating. The style is too jargonic. Ben Sherwood uses too much technical terms, it is not a problem, but it is not appropriate since not all people are knowledgeable in the field of first aid, sailing and the like.
I overrun those words because sometimes I get a little bit Dyslexic making some words unregistered in my mind. But again, admit it, it is hard to read a book full of technical terms. The coherence of the story is sometimes rumbled. There are overlapping scenes that I actually hated. It is like guessing what to do; poker, in short.
One problem in this book is the little details are flawed. Like the ones when Charlie hold a glass of Jack Daniels then suddenly he tore the maps on the wall and when he wake up the bottle is scattered on the floor with the map. The clarity is gone: We are not sure if he hold the bottle while he tear the huge map from the wall uncontrollably which is quite possible and quite absurd- I say absurd because I remember he is able to balance his self by holding a lamp; or he drop the bottle before tearing the map.
Other scenarios like these are: The second example I know is a little bit obvious but I include it since it is the easiest way to point out what I mean. I also hate late descriptions; I already imagine things before giving the specifics made me wanted to repeat what I already read. For example: The Horny Toad Intuitive reading: I thought it was a small motor boat.
Chapter 17 I think Late description: Then at chapter 31, I think, Ben Sherwood described it as a 28 feet boat.
What the Heck! Amidst all my negative comments, I will also give you a sense of optimism so that you will not blame me if I spoil your mood of reading this book. It is not worse as what my statements above seems to insist. I just give first what I hated so that at the end it will be complemented with good remarks. So these are the things I like about the book. I like the theme. Thanatos vs.
Eros The desire of death and the desire of living consecutively. I like how Ben Sherwood plays with the character of Charlie who is in the verge of living and dying, the internal conflict of the book that made me crave for more, made me want to continue to read it. I wanted to know if Charlie will choose thanatos over eros, to be dead in a sense that he is alive but secluded to live his live fully; or eros over thanatos, to be free to do what his will intends to do so.
It made the story uptight, stronger-giving a good concept. I also like the light environ created by the author. The story is supposed to be dark, but Ben Sherwood manages to deliver his story in a light way, a gleeful one, full of hope and assurance. Sad to say, the movie failed to capture the ambiance so again for the thousands of times I like the book than the movie.
I also like how the character is developed unnoticeable. You will just notice it popping somewhere, cause there are no implications that is being implied to make a character a character. Not much happened to the character in the past that is described in the book. They are just developed properly and every action, words, and thought are appropriate in their characterization.
The plot is also fixed properly, it is gradually increasing, it has no flaws, and it is really unexpected; I never thought that the story will be the way it happened.