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The Nine Lives of Clemenza

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
If you were able to choose what form of life you would live, what would you be? The Nine Lives of Clemenza explores the realms of spirituality and reincarnation. It introduces the possibility that as complex souls, we choose our lives, thus giving us the ultimate capability of free will. Clemenza starts out as a new soul in heaven, contemplating what form of life she will ...more
Paperback, 174 pages
Published April 6th 2009 by
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Lianna Vigil
Jun 25, 2009 Lianna Vigil rated it really liked it
This book was sweet and thought-provoking. This is a book that will stay with me for years to come and make me think about life and how people fulfill their purpose. It really made me imagine what life forms I would like to be were I in Clemenza's shoes. I love the creative lives the author imagined for the character. I liked the naive character and watching her growth as a soul. I liked the interesting lifetimes she lived and how they all connected. I wish the end had a little more depth to it- ...more
G.H. Monroe
Sep 24, 2009 G.H. Monroe rated it liked it
“The Nine Lives Of Clemenza” was unlike any book I have ever read. The first two chapters (49 pages) were a struggle for me. But I don’t believe that this is a reflection on the book so much as it is a reflection on me. You see, I am not blessed with a great imagination and in the first two chapters, Holly calls upon every aspect of our imagination in order for us to fully appreciate the story. Beginning with chapter three (or life three) the story starts to become a story that an imagination-ch ...more
"The Nine Lives of Clemenza" appears to be a short & simple read on the surface, and it is. The short novel is not full of a bunch of pretentious words, or long-winded prose. It has no twisted plot line to follow, and is written in very plain, simple language that gets the point across. Yet, the lives that Clemenza leads, and the message behind the book are anything but simple.

Clemenza's journey through her lives, from her first life as air to her last life as a guardian angel, all lead to v
Sep 02, 2009 Alison rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I don't usually read this kind of book, but I read it as part of a group reading session. The main thing I noticed was how Holly was able to open up a whole new way of looking at things, and I always love it when that happens. I love looking "outside the box" and this book definitely made me do that.

A delightful story.
Sep 10, 2009 Daniela rated it liked it
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When I first saw this book, I was apprehensive. The plot looked interesting, true, but it also seemed to be religious. Usually, I tend to avoid religious books due to them tending to be too preachy for my tastes. Still, I decided to take that risk, as the idea fascinated me.
I'm glad I did. It's written in a simple, no-fuss style that bugged me at first. I felt a little cheated about Clemenza's lives. But by the end of her first life as air, I was completely drawn in. It's a good thing her writi
Aug 18, 2009 Sheryl rated it really liked it
I finished this story last night. I could tell right away that the author was a philosopher. She has taken my thoughts of heaven and reincarnation and put a more "heavenly" touch on them. I never would have thought of air as a living thing, but after reading this book it's easy to think of everyone and everything as a living energy source.
It was an ejoyable read that I didn't put down until I completed it. I wanted to see how the author viewed life through each different form, and she never dis
Jan 15, 2010 Shana rated it really liked it
With this review I feel inclined to offer two nods of gratitude, one to GoodReads for gifting me this book through their First Reads giveaway and the other to Holly Christine, author of the Nine Lives of Clemenza. It was an entirely unexpected and enjoyable read. In the middle of my reading it occurred to me that as much as I was enjoying this book I could see no way that the author would be able to tie it up to my satisfaction. Yet she managed and as with the rest of the book with much grace an ...more
Feb 15, 2010 Krista rated it liked it
This book is whimsical yet profound in moments. You'll need to suspend your concepts of God and Heaven and just experience what a naive new soul might learn about life through different reincarnactions, beyond only humans and animals.

I was disappointed in the last chapter, which had promised to be a weaving together of her lives, but just wrapped up too quickly. Of course, since it was Clemenza's final visit with God where all her questions are answered, I guess any expectations would have been
Sandy Bell
Nov 11, 2009 Sandy Bell rated it really liked it
A wonderfully, clever story, beautifully told. Clemenza’s heavenly journey reminded me of The Little Prince: smart and simple. The writing is much better here, than in The Shack. Holly created a smooth ride, where I glided on the strength of spirituality; were as The Shack was a bumpy drive, where I continuously fell into religious potholes. Give Clemenza a chance, you will be pleasantly surprised.
Dec 15, 2009 Crystal rated it liked it
Holly Christine takes a simple idea and weaves a beautiful story. She definitely gives you something to think about.

I enjoyed this book. It was cheesy and awkwardly choppy at some parts, but overall, a quick and lovely read.
Jan 14, 2010 Joy rated it liked it
this was a funny book. Especcially if you like cat symbolism
K. Rozier
Dec 24, 2009 K. Rozier rated it it was amazing
Charming and clever. A joy to read.
Gina (My Precious Blog)
The storyline was unique. On the surface, it may sound like an overly religious book, since it involved heaven, angels and God. However, I was pleasantly surprised, this was NOT the case. I was disappointed many of the situations Clemenza encountered in her nine lives were somewhat unrealistic. Each life she had extreme circumstances to overcome or she became overly obsessive about something, not the way a regular person would act or a life a normal human may lead. It appeared she was always get ...more
Feb 26, 2010 Elise rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book! I received this from Goodreads First Reads, and I'm so glad I have a signed copy. This is one of my favorite books now. I expected it to be preachy, but it wasn't at all. I don't usually give religion or God a second thought, but this book's version of God is one I wouldn't mind believing in. It's just so well written, easy to follow, a quick read, and packed full of good feelings and life lessons. I will definitely end up re-reading this book many times, I think. I'm goin ...more
Miranda (MirandasBookBlog)
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. This isn't the type of book I would usually pick up but I must say I'm glad I got the opportunity to read The Nine Lives of Clemenza! I love Holly's version of Heaven and the whole idea that every living thing is just as important as the next living thing. I will definitely keep this book to hand down to my own children, The Nine Lives of Clemenza is beautifully written and overall a great inspirational & spiritual story.

Holly Christine
Jun 15, 2009 Holly Christine added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Holly Christine is the author of The Nine Lives of Clemenza and Tuesday Tells it Slant. She resides in Pittsburgh and is co-creator of the Pittsburgh South Writers Group.
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