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The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood
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Jan 02, 11

bookshelves: 11th-grade-advisory
Read from December 31, 2010 to January 02, 2011

Charlie St. Cloud
Ben Sherwood
306 Pages

Death is one of the most depressing things that a person would have to go through. Its knowing that person isn’t there anymore in the world and that their existence is only in your heart now. Many people can learn how to overcome the monsters of depression but not all of us, are so strong. Take Charlie for example, when he was fifteen, his brother, Sam and he got into a car crash. Somehow they were able to talk to eachother when they were both “in the in between” of life and death, Charlie made a promise to Sam to never leave Sam. But when only Charlie was saved and Sam passed away, Charlie blamed himself for the horrific tragedy but he then discovered something. He could see Sam’s spirit. So now at age twenty eight, he works in a cemetery and plays with his brother every night. Little did Charlie know, adventure was heading his way, when he met Tess Caroll.


This book is truly enchanting. The essence of the brotherly bond is amazing. Each page I turned, I felt the connection of the brothers. That a brother with such promise and future doesn’t use his full potential, in order to stay with his brother and keep to that promise. This comes to shows the strength of that promise and the love of the older brother is too strong to overcome.


Sherwood’s writing was fascinating, when he would switch back and forth to the character’s lives but leaves the story in third person view, is cool. The book gives you a sense of each characters characteristic without risking giving away anything. Charlie St. Cloud is something that would leave you breathtaking and shows the morality of true brothers.


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