Charlie St. Cloud
Author: Ben Sherwood
Pages [paperback]: 320
Notice the little things, because somebody is reaching out to you.
Sam & Charlie
Charlie St. Cloud tells the haunting story of a young man who narrowly survives a terrible car wreck that kills his little brother. Years later, the brothers’ bond remains so strong that it transcends the normal boundaries separating life and death. Charlie St. Cloud lives in a snug New England fishing village. By day he tends the lawns and monuments of the ancient cemetery where his younger brother, Sam, is buried. Graced with an extraordinary gift after surviving the accident, he can still see, talk, and even play catch with Sam’s spirit. But townsfolk whisper that Charlie has never recovered from his loss.
Into his carefully ordered life comes Tess Carroll, a captivating, adventuresome woman training for a solo sailing trip around the globe. Fate steers her boat into a treacherous storm that blows her back to harbor, to a charged encounter with Charlie, and to a surprise more overwhelming than the violent sea itself. Charlie and Tess discover a beautiful and uncommon connection that leads to a race against time and a desperate choice between death and life, between the past and the future, between holding on and letting go.
Once this movie came out, I wanted to see it. Unfortunately, I never got the chance. But when I found out it was based on a book, I bought it. I usually try to read the book before seeing the movie anyway. This book goes into plot points that the movie trailer barely grazed or left out completely.
I loved this book. What Charlie feels after the accident, well, most everyone has felt like that at one point or another. Having lost someone so suddenly. I’ve felt that way before. But he and Sam cling to each other, barely managing to stay connected through the years.
I like how the book talks about grief and how to move past it. The relationship between Charlie and Tess moves way too fast to seem realistic, but it all redeems itself in the end. This book is filled of fantastic characters: Florio, Sam, Tink. Even the minor characters have something special to add to the story.
Overall, it’s a great love story, on top of everything else. I give Charlie St. Cloud 5/5 stars. Now I just have to see the movie.