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De camino al final / One for Sorrow

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  440 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Part thriller, part ghost tale, part love story, One for Sorrow is a novel as timeless as The Catcher in the Rye and as hauntingly lyrical as The Lovely Bones. Christopher Barzak’s stunning debut tells of a teenage boy’s coming-of-age that begins with a shocking murder and ends with a reason to hope.

Adam McCormick had just turned fifteen when the body was found in the wood
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 10th 2010 by La Factoria De Ideas (first published August 1st 2007)
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Aug 27, 2010 Christopher rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorites. ;-)
Shaun Duke
Barzak's debut novel is a heavy hitter. It's a story of being a teenager in a dysfunctional family, going through the trials of the teenage life, of falling in love and having one's heart ripped out, of being confused about the world and about where you're supposed to be. It's about the emotional roller coaster that is the teenage years, dead friends, first loves, and trying to understand one's place in the world. It's the story of Adam, a fifteen-year-old boy who becomes friends with Jamie, som ...more
Everyone needs to read this book.

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
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Eric Kibler
Take this book and put it on your bookshelf right between Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye" and Gaiman's "The Graveyard Book". It belongs there, and that's a compliment.

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
Jan 30, 2008 Kirsten rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kirsten by: Celia Marsh
One for Sorrow is a unique ghost story that goes in some unexpected directions. When Adam McCormick's classmate, Jamie, is killed, Adam finds himself obsessed with Jamie's death and the friendship that the two of them could have shared if they hadn't both been so hesitant. When Adam learns that Gracie, the girl who found Jamie's body, has been seeing Jamie's ghost, he purposefully seeks her out. What follows is a strange almost-love-triangle, as Adam is torn between his loyalty to Jamie and his ...more
This book moved me. I believed it. I believe in the characters. It was so sad and beautiful and _honest._

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
I found "One for Sorrow" by accident. As it turns out, a movie I want to see---"Jamie Marks Is Dead"---is based on this novel. Boy am I glad I found it. "One for Sorrow" is one of the best books/stories I've ever read. Now there were some parts that dragged a bit. Not many, but some. However, you could say the slower parts were essential to the novel because of the great detail and character background they provided. As a whole, "One for Sorrow" touched me in a way I never expected. Even though ...more
Jose Luis Robles Magdaleno
<<¿Cómo se puede querer algo y tenerle miedo al mismo tiempo? Seguro que era la sensación más estúpida del mundo. Seguro que era el tipo de sensación que hacía que la gente perdiera el sentido común.>>

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
The one where a kid is murdered and Adam befriends his ghost. I gave it 65 pages.

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
Carol Stowe
This was a good book, part young adult, part coming of age story. When Jamie Marks is found murdered, his would-be friend Adam becomes the only thing that keeps the murdered youth tethered to this life. But the tether that gives Jamie life sucks the life from Adam. Adam must decide to choose life and after that, must choose how to live. It starts with death and ends with life. Read it now so that when the movie comes out you have a comparison.
Logan England
Great book. A lot of sadness without a clear cut happy ending, but a glimmer of hope nonetheless.
Julia Peak
The novel One for Sorrow is written by Christopher Barzak. It revolves around Adam McCormick, a 15 year old boy who tries to overcome the conflicts he faces in his daily life. Adam befriends Jamie Marks, who is soon after found murdered in the woods. With the death of Adam’s grandmother, his mother being paralyzed, and living with a neglectful father who makes Adam feel unloved, he just couldn't take the death of his friend. Adam needed Jamie, and so he found a way to see him, even if he had to ...more
Barzak's novel, the basis for the soon-to-be-released motion picture Jamie Marks is Dead, can only be described as "haunting." I'm not trying to be clever or precious by describing a novel about ghosts with that word; I'm trying to capture the idea that months after reading it, the sense of the story still sticks with me. Certain scenes replay behind my closed eyes after I glance at the book cover or someone mentions it on Twitter or Facebook. Interestingly, not the scenes most heavily featured ...more
This book was well written overall (though some parts of it fell flat construction-wise) and had an interesting premise. Barzak has a talent for matter-of-factly inserting the bizarre into the everyday in a way that was compelling; I was reminded of some of Kelly Link's short stories in this respect (incidentally, she apparently liked this book, as she has a blurb on the back cover). I didn't find the protagonist to be a particularly sympathetic character, though (he's really whiny and convinced ...more
Pamela Huxtable
A gloriously complicated novel that makes you give up on trite, wrap-it-up solutions.

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
l'ho finito in treno... oddio che libro strano.. però gli ho messo quattro stellette lo stesso... perchè adam se le merita per il viaggio che ha fatto e perchè non ha abbandonato jamie, non l'ha dimenticato ma è riuscito ad andare avanti, e perchè girasole è una parola bellissima *-*

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

I can't contain how much I loved this book. The bond which is created between Adam and Jamie is just beautiful. As outcasts one alive and one dead they come together to define love and what it means to really live life. Both who are bullied for being who they are. Although Adam felt he should have stopped them from bullying Jamie he can't change what has already happened but he can let Jamie know someone cares about him now that he is gone. So when Jamie attaches himself to Adam an incredible bo ...more
***I received a free copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads program***

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.
Bookmarks Magazine

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

Nancy Kress
A fascinating novel that is hard to classify: part ghost story, part love story, part family drama, part coming-of-age story. The writing is lovely. The story wanders a little in the middle but gets back on track by the end. I hope the forthcoming movie can preserve the lyrical feel of the novel.
Scott Graham
Eerie melancholy story of the friendship between two teenage boys, one living and one dead. Made into the also quite effective film "Jamie Marks is Dead"
Jack Skillingstead
It dawned on me, as I neared the end of this book, that I might be reading a so-called Young Adult novel. I'm glad to report that categories of ALL types eluded the reading experience. Barzak is a fine writer. Period.
Jessie Young
Very different. Refreshing. I'll be interested to see what the film's like
I received this book as a Goodreads winner. The book is a great coming of age story that kept me reading till the end. One for Sorrow is an honest piece of work that young adults as well as adults will enjoy.
One for Sorrow was a very powerful book. The book is a ghost story, a coming of age story, and an exploration of the effects of bullying on adolescents. It is more than just that though.

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
Margery Bayne
This is a book I wanted to like more than I did. When professional reviewers say this is an original take on a ghost story, they are completely accurate. This doesn't follow ghost story tropes. It really is it's own thing, so I do want to commend the author on that. There is definitely originality, thought, and depth on the part of the author. These are all things I profess to like, but I just didn't find this book compelling. There were some passages that were really compelling to me but a lot ...more
One for sorrow took me by surprise. It is full of touching realistic characters with interesting progression. The plot is engaging. The world building fully realized and thought-provoking. But what really drew me in was the brilliant language and treatment of words as things and things as abstractions. All of these things make for an excellent read and a book im sure I'll read again.
This story started with such an interesting premise and some really interesting and unexpected phrasing. My hopes were high for a little bit, but then the whole thing crashed into a muddle. The writer could have cut lots and lots out of this story. It seems like he just didn't know where to go with it after a certain point.
Sometimes it was hard to read this book. It was so sad and depressing. But nonetheless, I really enjoyed it because I thought it was really different from any other story line I've read and an interesting look at dealing with grief. I myself was grieving when I read this and it gave me a small push toward moving on.
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Christopher Barzak is the author of the Crawford Fantasy Award winning novel, One for Sorrow, which has been made into the Sundance feature film "Jamie Marks is Dead". His second novel, The Love We Share Without Knowing, was a finalist for the Nebula and Tiptree Awards. He is also the author of two collections: Birds and Birthdays, a collection of surrealist fantasy stories, and Before and Afterli ...more
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