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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, the brothers’ bond remains so strong that it transcends the normal boundaries separating life and death. Charlie St. Cloud lives in a snug New England fishing village. By day he tends the lawns and monuments 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, the brothers’ bond remains so strong that it transcends the normal boundaries separating life and death. Charlie St. Cloud lives in a snug New England fishing village. By day he tends the lawns and monuments of the ancient cemetery where his younger brother, Sam, is buried. Graced with an extraordinary gift after surviving the accident, he can still see, talk, and even play catch with Sam’s spirit. But townsfolk whisper that Charlie has never recovered from his loss. Into his carefully ordered life comes Tess Carroll, a captivating, adventuresome woman training for a solo sailing trip around the globe. Fate steers her boat into a treacherous storm that blows her back to harbor, to a charged encounter with Charlie, and to a surprise more overwhelming than the violent sea itself. Charlie and Tess discover a beautiful and uncommon connection that leads to a race against time and a desperate choice between death and life, between the past and the future, between holding on and letting go. Luminous, soulful, and filled with unforgettable characters, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud is one of those rare, wise books that reveal the mysteries of the unseen world around us, gently transforming the worst pain of loss into hope, healing, and even laughter. Suspenseful and deeply moving, its startling climax reminds us that sometimes tragedies can bring about miracles if we simply open our hearts.

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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, the brothers’ bond remains so strong that it transcends the normal boundaries separating life and death. Charlie St. Cloud lives in a snug New England fishing village. By day he tends the lawns and monuments 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, the brothers’ bond remains so strong that it transcends the normal boundaries separating life and death. Charlie St. Cloud lives in a snug New England fishing village. By day he tends the lawns and monuments of the ancient cemetery where his younger brother, Sam, is buried. Graced with an extraordinary gift after surviving the accident, he can still see, talk, and even play catch with Sam’s spirit. But townsfolk whisper that Charlie has never recovered from his loss. Into his carefully ordered life comes Tess Carroll, a captivating, adventuresome woman training for a solo sailing trip around the globe. Fate steers her boat into a treacherous storm that blows her back to harbor, to a charged encounter with Charlie, and to a surprise more overwhelming than the violent sea itself. Charlie and Tess discover a beautiful and uncommon connection that leads to a race against time and a desperate choice between death and life, between the past and the future, between holding on and letting go. Luminous, soulful, and filled with unforgettable characters, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud is one of those rare, wise books that reveal the mysteries of the unseen world around us, gently transforming the worst pain of loss into hope, healing, and even laughter. Suspenseful and deeply moving, its startling climax reminds us that sometimes tragedies can bring about miracles if we simply open our hearts.

30 review for The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud

  1. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte May

    “And how many millions and millions of people were there in the world like Charlie, who couldn’t let go of their loved ones when they were gone?” What a wonderful and comforting read. Charlie St Cloud loses his younger brother Sam in a horrible car accident. Thirteen years later Charlie is working in the local cemetery, meeting his brothers spirit everyday at sundown for a game of catch. This time is Charlie’s way of keeping his brother with him. When he meets Tess Carroll, Charlie feels a part “And how many millions and millions of people were there in the world like Charlie, who couldn’t let go of their loved ones when they were gone?” What a wonderful and comforting read. Charlie St Cloud loses his younger brother Sam in a horrible car accident. Thirteen years later Charlie is working in the local cemetery, meeting his brothers spirit everyday at sundown for a game of catch. This time is Charlie’s way of keeping his brother with him. When he meets Tess Carroll, Charlie feels a part of himself begin to thaw. He sees more for himself and for his life, he is awakened. So when Tess’ sail boat is found wrecked out to sea, and her family report her missing, Charlie is one of the first to try and find her. The mysterious part is - if Tess has been missing for over 48 hours, how did Charlie meet her? How does he explain the evening they spent together? Unless it’s not Tess. Maybe it’s her spirit? “Did the dead grieve right alongside us? Did they feel our pain?” A powerful tale that blurs the line between death and life. How desperately people will hold on to those they’ve lost, even at their own expense. It is reaffirming and heartwarming, if a bit sad at times. Highly recommend. “Too many people die a little when they lose someone they love.”

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jesse

    I thought this book was pretty terrible. It was like if Nicholas Sparks and that guy who wrote The 5 People you Meet In Heaven got drunk, had a baby, and made the baby write a book. That being said, this baby, or author sure knows how to write for the masses. Its like he gathered every trite description of the afterlife/ghostly time spent on earth and crammed it into one book. But, I am sure that a lot of people would actually enjoy this book. It's an easy read, and the author does know how to k I thought this book was pretty terrible. It was like if Nicholas Sparks and that guy who wrote The 5 People you Meet In Heaven got drunk, had a baby, and made the baby write a book. That being said, this baby, or author sure knows how to write for the masses. Its like he gathered every trite description of the afterlife/ghostly time spent on earth and crammed it into one book. But, I am sure that a lot of people would actually enjoy this book. It's an easy read, and the author does know how to keep things moving which made the suffering easier to cope with. I think if this book wasn't crammed full of cliche crap it would have been good. I also had a problem with it because most of the characters appeared to be really religious, and by religious I mean Christian. However, their spirits and the descriptions of the afterlife paid no mention to their religious beliefs. When most people would think they should go hand in hand. So my question is why so many references to God when the character was alive, but not really any when they died. So, unless you like that kind of stuff, I suggest re-gifting it to your mom, or your local cat lady. PS... I kind of teared up a bit. Causing me to dislike this sub-par book just a little more.

  3. 5 out of 5

    K.D. Absolutely

    Last Friday, I was in NBS Centerpoint checking their 75% cutdown sale. I bought some P99 previously US library books, some brand new ones like "Tinkers" and "Sh*t My Father Says" (reviewed previous to this). Then I saw this book. It had been a while since I read a current Movie-Tie-In book so I checked this out. This edition was published in June 2010 and still sitting there in the New Arrivals gondola. I checked the blurbs and all the famous current bestselling authors are saying something good Last Friday, I was in NBS Centerpoint checking their 75% cutdown sale. I bought some P99 previously US library books, some brand new ones like "Tinkers" and "Sh*t My Father Says" (reviewed previous to this). Then I saw this book. It had been a while since I read a current Movie-Tie-In book so I checked this out. This edition was published in June 2010 and still sitting there in the New Arrivals gondola. I checked the blurbs and all the famous current bestselling authors are saying something good about the book: Sue Monk Kidd says one of the most magical stories I've ever read; Adriana Trigiana this is a story that will grip you from page one; James Patterson You won't forget Charlie and Tess and Sam; Luanne Rice A perfect miracle of a love story and even the novelist who I hate most, Nicholas Sparks, says: Touching, wise, and full of hope, everything a wonderful novel should be. So, I bought the book and read it the whole day today, Sunday, August 8, 2010. And oh, those authors above say it all and say it true. This is a very nice book. Almost amazing. It is just that I am not giving this a 5-star because I will be degrading the likes of Boris Pasternak, Louis de Bernieres, John Steinbeck by putting Ben Sherwood in THAT same level. Not yet but Sherwood's Charlie St. Cloud is definitely a mile better than Nicholas Sparks' The Lucky One or even his bigger hit Message in a Bottle. The reason is that this book, originally entitled as The Life and Death of Charlie St. Cloud when it was first published in 2004 is not just an ordinary boy-meets-girl love story. That tested formula, told in many ways - different characters, different situations, etc. - by novelist like Sparks comes second in terms of this book's theme. More than that kind of love, Charlie St. Cloud is a love story between two brothers: 15-y/o Charlie and his younger brother, 12-y/o Sam. Theirs is a strong bond that I have never read until today. 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: "Promise you won't leave me," Charlie said. "Promise" "Swear?" he said, amazed to find himself repeating the very same conversation from all those years ago. This time, however, it was Sam who comforted Charlie. "I swear," his kid brother said. "Cross your heart and hope to die?" "Hope to die," Sam said. "I love you." "I love you too." The brothers stood up. 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.e. cummings to heighten the emotion of the story: trust your heart if the seas catch fire (and live by love though the stars walk backwards) If you want to reminisce your first love or to fall in love again, give this book a try. Forget about Zach Efron who will play Charlie and Amanda Crew as Tess in Universal Pictures soon-to-be-shown movie adaptation. Just read the book. For almost always, the book is better than the movie.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Britany

    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. 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 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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chrisy

    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. Okay, Zac Efron’s face on the cover made me pick up the book, but the story inside more t 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. Okay, Zac Efron’s face on the cover made me pick up the book, but the story inside more than satisfied. 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: holding on to the past disrupts the person within you…Brilliant! One can only hope the movie is as gripping (*everybody laughs*).

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Wardrip

    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. 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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Buggy

    Opening Line:"Charlie St. Cloud wasn't the best or brightest boy in Essex County, but he was surely the most promising" I read this a few years ago but after recently seeing the movie I was reminded of how much I’d liked this story and decided I had to revisit Charlie St Cloud and his little brother Sam. 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:"Charlie St. Cloud wasn't the best or brightest boy in Essex County, but he was surely the most promising" I read this a few years ago but after recently seeing the movie I was reminded of how much I’d liked this story and decided I had to revisit Charlie St Cloud and his little brother Sam. 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 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. 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. I think what I liked most here though was Sherwood’s comforting take on the afterlife; giving us all hope that our departed are with us, all around us and waiting for us. As a teenager Charlie St. Cloud died in a car accident, brought back after a few minutes by the paramedics his younger brother Sam wasn’t to be so lucky. 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. Now 13 years later Charlie is working in a cemetery, he’s still full of guilt over the accident however by some twist of fate he can now see the dead walking amongst the tombstones and every night at sunset he meets Sam in a secret grove where they play baseball together in a Field Of Dreams sort of way. Charlie’s never missed a single sunset with the fear that his brother would fade away if he did, in this way though neither of them has been able to move on. 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. Yet despite his odd habit of disappearing at sunset she can’t help but fall in love, these days he seems to be the only one who really “sees” her. When Tess’s boat is lost in a storm Charlie is faced with the ultimate choice between death and life. In joining the search party he chooses love and a future full of possibilities yet in doing so he’ll also break his promise and risk losing his brother forever.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Arlene

    Once I got passed the fabulousness of the book cover, I was immediately captivated by the story of Charlie St. Cloud. 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. Cloud. 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 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. All that changes when Tess crosses Charlie’s path. 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. I was tempted to go back and re-read scenes that I apparently misinterpreted or missed the obvious clues, but I didn’t. 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. Great book that I can’t wait to see translated to screen... and not just for the obvious reasons. *insert...cheesy grin* "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience. - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin"

  9. 5 out of 5

    Libby

    'The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud,' by Ben Sherwood is a story of loss, grief, love, and the afterlife. It follows protagonist Charlie St. 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 'The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud,' by Ben Sherwood is a story of loss, grief, love, and the afterlife. It follows protagonist Charlie St. 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." I think his work at the cemetery paid off. 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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Johnston

    i read this book really fast because i had to know what was going to happen next! i actually cried towards the end. it's like the sixth sense without being creepy. i really want to see this movie!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Description: “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, the brothers’ bond remains so strong that it transcends the normal boundaries separating life and death. Charlie St. Cloud lives in a snug New England fishing village. By day he tends the lawns and monuments of the ancient cemetery where his younger brother, Sam, is buried. Graced with an extraordinary gift after sur Description: “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, the brothers’ bond remains so strong that it transcends the normal boundaries separating life and death. Charlie St. Cloud lives in a snug New England fishing village. By day he tends the lawns and monuments of the ancient cemetery where his younger brother, Sam, is buried. Graced with an extraordinary gift after surviving the accident, he can still see, talk, and even play catch with Sam’s spirit. But townsfolk whisper that Charlie has never recovered from his loss. Into his carefully ordered life comes Tess Carroll, a captivating, adventuresome woman training for a solo sailing trip around the globe. Fate steers her boat into a treacherous storm that blows her back to harbor, to a charged encounter with Charlie, and to a surprise more overwhelming than the violent sea itself. Charlie and Tess discover a beautiful and uncommon connection that leads to a race against time and a desperate choice between death and life, between the past and the future, between holding on and letting go. wow. this book delivers some heavy material to digest. 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...you know, all the normal cliche stuff....but this book took that to the next level because it's relateble unlike many books nowadays. 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. 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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kristina Turner

    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. 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 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. Charlie St. 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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    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.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra {semi-hiatus}

    "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." You know those books that just scream "weekend binge read"? This was one of those. It was short (under 300 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." You know those books that just scream "weekend binge read"? This was one of those. It was short (under 300 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 movie with Zac Efron, Charlie St. Cloud (originally titled The Death and Life of 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. Perfect for people who like romances with unique twists, ghost/paranormal tales without the spookiness, and beautiful scenery.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Colleen Houck

    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. In fact I can only think of three, Zac, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Heath Ledger. If you haven't seen 17 again I highly encourage you to. I was actually disappointed when Chandler showed up again.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Haley | mythoughtsareabook

    FULL REVIEW HERE: https://mythoughtsareablog.com/2018/0... Trust your heart if the seas catch fire and live by love though the stars walk backwards.” ― Ben Sherwood, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud Okay back to book reviews we go! This is my first review of 2018 and it’s for the last book I read in 2017! My reason for reading The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud or just Charlie St. Cloud was a very simple one. I had set my Goodreads goal for 50 books and I had read 49 by December 30th and FULL REVIEW HERE: https://mythoughtsareablog.com/2018/0... Trust your heart if the seas catch fire and live by love though the stars walk backwards.” ― Ben Sherwood, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud Okay back to book reviews we go! This is my first review of 2018 and it’s for the last book I read in 2017! My reason for reading The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud or just Charlie St. Cloud was a very simple one. I had set my Goodreads goal for 50 books and I had read 49 by December 30th and I needed JUST ONE MORE. 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. his book is one that I will remember. 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. Charlie’s character is one that I think many people will connect with. Obviously not everyone can go play fetch with their brother’s spirit in a forest in a graveyard, but for anyone who has lost someone, his story feels familiar. And it’s not just that he lost Sam, no, he lost himself as well. 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. Charlie is such a dynamic and layered character and I think it’s rare to see a character like that. 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. I really enjoyed how Sherwood progressed her story and I think a lot of people are going to fall in love with her arc and how it intertwines with Charlie’s. 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’ve read a lot of books where ghosts are present, but never one with a child and that was…rough. However, Sam and Charlie’s connection was the heart of the story; it was built on a promise and their love for eachother; and it just makes my heart swell. Overall I give this book 4/5 stars. I loved the characters, the story, the setting, and above all else, that warm and fuzzy feeling you get at the end of it. If you are reluctant to read this because you think it’ll be too sad, I implore you to try because it has such beautiful writing. 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. Cloud? Let me know what you thought! Happy Reading! – Haley

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

    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. 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 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... well, there was something about it that didn't sit easily with me in terms of the beliefs being voiced and then what happens afterwards. 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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    Read this review and others on my blog, Shady Tree Reads I admit I picked this up after seeing the preview for the movie. Since I decided I had to see the movie,(My little sister and I love to drool over Zac Efron) of course I had to read the book first. 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. Since I decided I had to see the movie,(My little sister and I love to drool over Zac Efron) of course I had to read the book first. 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. 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. Cloud. 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.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    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. Charlie St. 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 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. Charlie St. 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.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie

    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. Charlie St. 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 enjoyed reading it. The plot was one that almost made you believe it was real. Charlie St. 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'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.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kristie

    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.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jerald Vernon Torres

    The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud. Author: Ben Sherwood Main Characters: Tess, Sam and Charlie TWO STARS It’s been a long time since I read because of my schedule and consecutive examinations. To be exact it has been a month. I stopped reading The Death and Life of Charlie St. 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 The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud. Author: Ben Sherwood Main Characters: Tess, Sam and Charlie TWO STARS It’s been a long time since I read because of my schedule and consecutive examinations. To be exact it has been a month. I stopped reading The Death and Life of Charlie St. 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. (-polarity…) 1. 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 remember the times when my mouth blurted “What the Hell is that!”, and thanks heaven that my phone has a mobile dictionary, an easy access. I also conclude that this is the very reason of my mistake ( I usually love to play interpretation of words leading me to a wrong conclusion when Grace Caroll said the phrase “That hound will eat me out of house and home.”- I thought the word hound means an old perv who is a pal of Tess and who likes Grace.) I think if Ben Sherwood will justify his self, he will tell me that he use the terms like “St. Bernard’s”, and I admit that was one of my mistakes. 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. 2. The coherence of the story is sometimes rumbled. There are overlapping scenes that I actually hated. I don’t like that style; it made my first perception corrupted. 3. Reading this book is an “intuitive reading”. 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. So it’s like you need to guess what should be done to one action while the other action is being done. 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: Charlie was drinking a coffee then suddenly he went to the Horny Toad, and when Charlie’s friend ( I already forget his name) give the steering wheel to Charlie so that he can urinate, Ben Sherwood didn’t even tell that he went down to do his toilet activity. 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. 4. 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. Honestly, it’s a good read. 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. (+ polarity…) 1. 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. 2. 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. It doesn’t made me dizzy while reading it unlike the other literature of dead, to be particular, “Lovely Bones”- which I read 2 years ago, which is nauseating and can make your heads on circles. Sad to say, the movie failed to capture the ambiance so again for the thousands of times I like the book than the movie. 3. 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. 4. 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. It is full of surprises. It doesn’t fail me. 5. Lastly, I like the title. It suits the totality of the book. The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud- He died and was bring back to life to live a new life which he only understood 13 years later after the accident. That’s all, If I give a summary I think I will already include the whole book. The story is actually short so I rather not. But I recommend you to watch the movie. Read and watch with pleasure Thanks! Recommended by: EJS Recommended to: Kristine Joy Allam

  24. 5 out of 5

    Aqsa

    I loved the movie!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Medhat The Book Fanatic

    3.7 stars out of 5. Wise, beautiful, touching, and makes you feel all the warmth of the world.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alisha Marie

    My journey reading The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud was a little bit bumpy. At first, I was unsure of whether or not I would stick to it. Those first 50 pages were just so slow going. But after that it started moving a little bit faster. Of course, then I had another issue which was the fact that this was first and foremost (something that completely threw me off since I had no idea it was going to be that much) a romance. And I'm not a big romance fan. However, the book seemed like it ha My journey reading The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud was a little bit bumpy. At first, I was unsure of whether or not I would stick to it. Those first 50 pages were just so slow going. But after that it started moving a little bit faster. Of course, then I had another issue which was the fact that this was first and foremost (something that completely threw me off since I had no idea it was going to be that much) a romance. And I'm not a big romance fan. However, the book seemed like it had potential so I kept reading it. That's something that I don't regret at all. The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud was just such a sweet book. I was aww-ing through a whole lot if it and then crying (I'm such a sucker) through the rest. It wasn't really the romance that had me so emotional (although I am going to admit that the whole aspect of Charlie and Tess' relationship was done so well that I really enjoyed it. Kill me now.), but the relationship between Charlie and his younger brother Sam. Sigh. Now that was a love so deep (and a kept promise that was so strong) that it transcended the normal laws of physics. So, so, so sweet. I loved the two brothers. And I really thought that this was a story about two brothers. I knew there was going to be romance involved, but again, I thought the bigger deal was the brothers. Not so much. The big deal was the romance. Again I say that I did like the romance, but I would've loved this book so much more had the author delved into the brothers' relationship a little more deeply. I also would've liked to know more about Charlie's relationship with his mother since it's only slightly alluded on. In spite of these (in my humble opinion) minor flaws, I really did enjoy The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud. I thought it was tremendously well done and the descriptive writing in this book was amazing. I felt like I could feel the breeze of wind or the splash of the water. This was an engaging (after the first 50 pages), touching, and very moving story. Highly recommended.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Eva Leger

    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 sh 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.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alanna

    This was a quick and easy read. If I hadn't already seen movies like The Sixth Sense and Just Like Heaven, this book might have blown me away. As it was, it was still a nice little read. Occasionally it felt like it should have just been a movie rather than a book (I haven't actually seen the movie, although I would like to), mostly because I get annoyed when someone is described, for example, as "charming"-- don't tell me, SHOW me them being charming and let me grow to like that character for m This was a quick and easy read. If I hadn't already seen movies like The Sixth Sense and Just Like Heaven, this book might have blown me away. As it was, it was still a nice little read. Occasionally it felt like it should have just been a movie rather than a book (I haven't actually seen the movie, although I would like to), mostly because I get annoyed when someone is described, for example, as "charming"-- don't tell me, SHOW me them being charming and let me grow to like that character for myself! The same goes for long descriptions of how good-looking the two main characters are--it gets annoying and they feel less real to me. But when you just see good-looking people on the big screen, you just get to enjoy their good looks without having to read about why they're better looking than anyone you've ever met. I'm sort of ranting here, but hopefully you get what I mean. One other little gripe, and it's just that I get annoyed when everyone has everything too easily: Charlie grew up with a single mother and his little brother, and yet he somehow had sailed every nook and cranny of the entire coastline? I grew up on an island and hardly anyone I knew had a boat! And then again, on a paramedic's salary, he gets to buy the house he grew up in? Really??? Has this author ever had to pay for things like boats and houses??? (I'm feeling poor right now, though, so stuff like this bothers me more right now than usual!) Okay, I'm done ranting. It really is an enjoyable book. But if the movie is any good, you could probably just see it and not bother with the book!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ivy

    Charlie St. Cloud is a gentle soul of a man who works as a caretaker in his town's cemetary. Ever since his little brother, Sam, passed away from a horrible car accident in which Charlie feels at fault, he has punished himself and kept his promise to his brother that he would always look out for him. This promise has given him the ability to see the dead walk among the living as they head to the beyond. He is also able to see his brother, whom he meets every night at a secret baseball field in t Charlie St. Cloud is a gentle soul of a man who works as a caretaker in his town's cemetary. Ever since his little brother, Sam, passed away from a horrible car accident in which Charlie feels at fault, he has punished himself and kept his promise to his brother that he would always look out for him. This promise has given him the ability to see the dead walk among the living as they head to the beyond. He is also able to see his brother, whom he meets every night at a secret baseball field in the woods adjacent to the cemetary at twilight. There he interacts with Sam, plays catch with him and though he could not protect Sam in life, keeps him alive and well in spirit. Tess Carroll is an adventurous young woman who has dreams of sailing solo around the world. When her boat is blown back towards town during a storm, she lands right on the shores off the cememtary. She encounters Charlie St. Cloud and is instantly attracted to the handsome young man. Now Charlie has a decision to make: Get on with his life and allow himself the joys of new love with Tess or hang on to Sam for fear he might fade away and leave him completely. But Tess can't wait around forever and Charlie must help her, too, because things aren't what they seem. Ben Sherwood writes a beautiful story of living, loving and letting go. It's about having faith that your loved ones will be okay even though they are not with you anymore and that holding on to the past not only holds you back, but possibly them as well. I took great comfort in that. I highly recommend this book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Wanda

    Unfortunately, I couldn't find the cover with Zac Efron's picture on it. Before they decided to make this book into a movie, The name of the book originally was "The Death And Life Of Charlie St.Cloud". So I guess they shorten the title when they decided to make the movie. I really liked this book. It makes you wonder if it's really possible to actually talk and interact with the dead. I know I would like a chance to sit and talk with my dad. So that is definitely something that would be amazing. Unfortunately, I couldn't find the cover with Zac Efron's picture on it. Before they decided to make this book into a movie, The name of the book originally was "The Death And Life Of Charlie St.Cloud". So I guess they shorten the title when they decided to make the movie. I really liked this book. It makes you wonder if it's really possible to actually talk and interact with the dead. I know I would like a chance to sit and talk with my dad. So that is definitely something that would be amazing. So Charlie as a young teenager decided to "borrow" his neighbor's car and took his brother and dog to a "Boston Red Sox's" game and on the way back home he had an accident that he survived but killed his younger brother and dog. After his brother's funeral, Charlie started working at the cemetery where his brother was buried and remained working there for years. All until Tess Carroll came by one night. That's when things started to change for Charlie. Upcoming events forced Charlie to choose between life or death. Between letting go of his past and continue on with his future. I read this book in 3 days. I really enjoyed the book. But I didn't even realize I finished it until I started reading acknowledgments in one of its chapters. It completely confused me. So I went back to read the previous chapter and I honestly did NOT like the ending. I felt like the book was left unfinished. I was disappointed in the end However I'll recommend this book if you like a good romance. But the ending was really crappy. Sorry Ben maybe the movie will have a different ending.

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