💛3: Charlie St. Cloud (The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud)

by Ben Sherwood

“Qualcuno ti ama. Somebody loves you.”

IMG_4494.JPGGenre: Fiction

I’ve already shared this one before, but I’ll also include this wonderful book on the list.

The film was good. But wait until you read the book. Or the other way around. How do you actually do it? Book first then movie? Or movie first before reading the book?

I picked this novel because I fell in love with the movie. I love extraordinary plots, the ones that will make you applaud the author for being such a genius that he came up with something like that. And combine that unusual plot with a heartfelt narration, there you go–The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud.

I love how it’s the “death and life” instead of the “life and death”. It shows a lot about the author’s personality (if I read into that correctly and it’s not just the literal death and life). I don’t know a lot about him (the way, for example, I know that Sarah Dessen loves dogs and has a very cute daughter with curly, golden hair), but I could tell to a certain extent the kind of person he is. One thing’s for sure–I’ll always be on the lookout for his other books.

This is also one of the stories wherein a side character gave life to the story in such a way that it won’t possibly work without him. The narration of Florio Ferrente is one of the most wonderful aspects of this book. It’s like listening to a wise man as he tells you his views about life and living.

For: 16+ or 18+

Freesia’s Rating: 💛💛💛💛💛

I can’t give it any other rating. It’s too precious. Too beautiful.


This book in five random words…

💛 Life

💛 Death

💛 Brothers

💛 Boat

💛 Hope


Why I think you should read this book…

💛 It’s inspiring. Charlie St. Cloud’s life basically stops after his younger brother died. He blames himself for it. And with this guilt, Charlie’s life revolves around his brother’s ghost.

Yes, this book also has a touch of paranormal/fantasy. The plot starts with the tragic night Charlie’s younger brother died and he miraculously survived. And then the once promising Charlie secludes himself from people, only living day by day for his brother. Until the day Tess enters his life.


💛 Again, extraordinary plot. If you want something different, then I recommend that you watch the film or read the book. This time around, I’ll probably suggest watch the film first and then the book (instead of the usual book first before movie). I don’t know, but I think it will work better that way.

💛 Should I include Zac Efron on the list? Hahahaha. 😂


What I love about this book…

💛 I read and reread a lot of phrases from this book. I love listening to people, you see. I love hearing about the way they live and see life. It’s fascinating. And this character, Florio Ferrente, or perhaps the voice of the author himself, captivated my attention. He got me listening to the words he said.

💛 The effective narration and characterization. You’ll understand the characters and their choices. You’ll hate them at some point or love them. But all in all, at the end of the book, you’ll realize how real they are. And if you are in their shoes, you’ll probably do the same thing.

💛 Charlie St. Cloud.


Favorite quotes from the book…

“That’s death and life, you see. We all shine on. You just have to release your hearts, alert your senses, and pay attention. A leaf, a star, a song, a laugh. Notice all the little things, because somebody is reaching out to you. Qualcuno ti ama. Somebody loves you.
― Ben Sherwood, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud


“…the enduring human need to be remembered.”
― Ben Sherwood, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud


“There’s a reason for everything, you said, and though it’s a mystery to me now, I know it won’t always be so.”
― Ben Sherwood, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud


“That is the inescapable math of tragedy and the multiplication of grief. Too many good people die a little when they lose someone they love. One death begets two or twenty or one hundred. It’s the same all over the world.”
― Ben Sherwood, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud


Book Description:

In a snug New England fishing village, Charlie St. Cloud tends the lawns and monuments of an ancient cemetery where his younger brother, Sam, is buried. After surviving the car accident that claimed his brother’s life, Charlie is graced with an extraordinary gift: He can see, talk to, and even play catch with Sam’s spirit. Into this magical world comes Tess Carroll, a captivating woman training for a solo sailing trip around the globe. Fate steers her boat into a treacherous storm that propels her into Charlie’s life. Their beautiful and uncommon connection leads to a race against time and a choice between death and life, between the past and the future, between holding on and letting go — and the discovery that miracles can happen if we simply open our hearts.

(from: http://www.amazon.com/Charlie-St-Cloud-A-Novel/)


“Now turn the page, come along on the ride, and let me tell you about the death and life of Charlie St. Cloud.”
― Ben Sherwood, Charlie St. Cloud

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