De camino al final / One for Sorrow
Adam McCormick had just turned fifteen when the body was found in the wood ...more
Every once in a while, I let myself get talked into thinking I need to read some "real" literature and just pick something, and generally I feel completely apathetic about it at best, or downright hate it at worst (Frangipani, Everything Is Illuminated). Sometimes however, a non-fantasy book will catch my eye. I'll just instinctively know that I need to read it. I was walking out of the bookstore, and One For Sorrow was on the very end of the shelf; I glanced it ...more
It tackles the complicated emotional stew of adolescence and uses a teenager's relationship with ghosts, caught in between death and life, to do it.
I'm giving this book five stars even though it probably doesn't hit me as hard as it would a teenager. However, in the hands of a disaffected teen, this book would be powerful stuff ...more
It was also an incredibly creepy and interesting view of life and death. His ideas about what/where ghosts go, and their interactions with people . . . I believed Adam, and I believed _in_ him, and I believed his family and his town and his
random angry desperate wandering.
He is a lost boy in a town that everyone else has forgotten, and his family is unhappy and confused, but this is still a b ...more
Un libro que descubrí gracias a su película "Jamie Marks is dead" la cual me gusto mucho y decidí que tenia que leer el libro.
Nos encontramos con la historia de Adam quien tiene una relación con el alma de un compañero de colegio Jamie, quien fue asesinado recientemente. Una historia de ...more
I had two problems with it: style and motivation. The style is a little too true to the way a fifteen-year-old might tell a story -- which is to say, meandering, repetitive, and trite. (In fact, all the actual fifteen-year-olds I know would probably do a better job than this, though maybe not on the first draft, which is what it reads like.)
And I couldn't make sense of why any of the characters made the choices the ...more
Adam is a 15 year old about to discover how troubled he is. For Adam, trouble comes in threes - his classmate Jamie is murdered, his mother is paralyzed in a car accident, and his grandmother dies. Bothered by Jamie's death in ways he cannot define, Adam befriends Jamie - Jamie's ghost, that is. Adam's world begins to deteriorate further, and he runs away with Jamie to Youngstown.
Barzak lets the details of the ...more
cmq... di cosa parla questo libro? della morte, della speranza, dell'amicizia, dell'amore, della famiglia, del fatto che si può sempre correre e di un viaggio; un viaggio che il protagonista fa sia materialmente che...more
I can relate to this book, as I'm sure many can, with all the dysfunction of the family and such. In a weird way, this book reminded me of E.T. A boy with a dysfunctional family (less so in Elliot's case) who meets a supernatural entity of sorts. As their bond grows, the protagonist becomes less attached to his own, true environment. It's a great concept and I thought it was captured beautifully in this story.
Christopher Barzak's One for Sorrow is a rare thing indeed--a horror novel with heart. It's not often that such a book, particularly a debut (Barzak's reputation comes from his short fiction), is described as "lovely, melancholy" (Village Voice). But Barzak balances his story's supernatural aspects, which he delivers with simple assuredness, with the uncertainties and complexities of adolescence. One for Sorrow has been compared to The Catcher in the Rye and Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones. In t...more
I debated how to try to do it justice in a review; I really cannot since I am not that good of a writer. I decided the best way was to let Mr. Barzak's book literally speak for itself. The following passages touched me, or rather smacked me upside my head, to the point where I needed to write them down:
At one po ...more