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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
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 10th 2010 by La Factoria De Ideas (first published August 1st 2007)
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Christopher
Aug 27, 2016 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorites. ;-)
Shaun Duke
Dec 22, 2008 Shaun Duke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kathryn
Jun 07, 2008 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-fiction
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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Cedony
Jan 05, 2009 Cedony rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one.
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Eric Kibler
Jun 08, 2013 Eric Kibler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Matthew
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
Haddayr
Dec 12, 2008 Haddayr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Antón
Jan 06, 2016 Antón rated it it was amazing
He leído bastante libros que sus críticas las comparan con el guardián entre el centeno, pero aun gustandome esos libros no se le acercan ni queriendo. Del camino al final si es un acierto, es un libro que más se asemeja con el de Salinger, pero teniendo voz propia. La historia cuenta con tres personajes principales, Adam que es el prota, un chico dulce y a la vez rebelde, conforme avanza el libro le vamos conociendo más, entendiendolo, se vuelve más complejo. Jamie, el chico asesinado, que Adam ...more
Kirsten
Jan 30, 2008 Kirsten rated it really liked it  ·  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
Logan England
Mar 26, 2010 Logan England rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, favorites
Great book. A lot of sadness without a clear cut happy ending, but a glimmer of hope nonetheless.
Brad Medd
Oct 07, 2015 Brad Medd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
My experience with this novel was comparable to sinking into a lonely, surreal, bitter sweet dream; that of someone I know but have never met. It lulled me from the first word and and had me captivated until the last, and with any successful book, the story doesn't end on the final page.

Barzak's ideas are original, fascinating, and tap into that lost, confused, lonely part of the soul we've all experienced. It's written beautifully, and every word, paragraph and chapter leads seamlessly into the
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Res
Mar 12, 2008 Res rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jose Luis Robles Magdaleno
Mar 02, 2015 Jose Luis Robles Magdaleno rated it it was amazing
<<¿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
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Carol Stowe
May 15, 2013 Carol Stowe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Julia Peak
Jan 05, 2015 Julia Peak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Descending Angel
Sep 30, 2016 Descending Angel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trash, barzak
Bad. Just really really bad. I liked some of the ideas, dealing with relationships in a family, friendship but as a sort of ghost story, but it goes no where and the last 100 pages were me just me speeding through just to be finished with it. No depth in anything and clearly someone's first novel.
Anthony
Jun 29, 2014 Anthony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Tânia
Jan 30, 2016 Tânia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People into contemplation
2,5*

“Sometimes you've got to be able to listen to yourself and be okay with no one else understanding.”

I was really looking forward to the “as hunting as The Lovely Bones” suggestion on the blurb but turns out this was not what I expected. It sounded way much better in my head than it did on paper.

I can’t quite put my finger on it but there’s just something about this story rather than the book itself. I liked the first half all right: Adam’s family dynamics, his relationship with Gracie, which
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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
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_incubus
Jan 20, 2011 _incubus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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

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Kelly
Sep 19, 2014 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, film-tv
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
Alex
Aug 02, 2015 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Started this book Friday evening. Finished it Sunday afternoon. If I didn't have to work, sleep, eat or spend time with other human beings I would have finished it much sooner. Not only was this one of the best books I've read this year, it is one of the best books I've read in my life. The underrated film version of "One For Sorrow" has the unfortunate title of "Jamie Marks is Dead" and I cannot understand why that switch occurred. I saw the film a few weeks ago and enjoyed it quite a bit. I fo ...more
Angie
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
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

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Dan McGuire
Dec 13, 2015 Dan McGuire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The movie Jamie Marks left me pretty much spellbound and wanting more, and after several days of not being able to get the characters and their stories off my mind, I sought out One For Sorrow by Christopher Barzak.
Wow...Every other chapter left me with cold chills; the imagery is brilliant, and accesible to readers of any level. One For Sorrow is so much more than a ghost story. It's a beautiful, moving story of love, loss, and ultimately finding our way home again, wherever that may be.
I can't
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georgia
this hurt me a lot. but mostly in a good way.

“I tried. I tried to burn that memory of my regret. But I wasn’t dead yet, I was just on my way to dying, and it’s harder to burn memories when you’ve still got life left. When you’re alive you have to learn how to live with things like regret.”

gorgeously written, beautifully crafted; weird as hell, but so unique and with wonderful characters. and oh yeah: really damn painful.

basically, this was great.
Will
Mar 13, 2016 Will rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Tipper
Jul 23, 2009 Tipper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Claire
Oct 16, 2008 Claire rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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.
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Christopher Barzak is the author of the Crawford Award winning novel, One for Sorrow, which was 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. His third novel, Wonders of the Invisible World, is a 2016 Stonewall Honor Book. He is also the author of Before and Afterlives, which won the ...more
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