Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood

Genre:  Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Published:  2004, 277 pp. by Picador USA
Source:  Personal library
Review:  3/5 stars

Brief Summary:  It's hard to give a good brief description of this book without giving away too much.  If you've seen the movie previews you know that Charlie St. Cloud can see and talk to is younger brother who is dead.  I think I'll leave it at that to avoid any spoilers.

My Thoughts:  We read this for my neighborhood book club.  I liked the premise and the ideas the author, Ben Sherwood, put forth about what happens after we die.  I really liked the relationship between Charlie and his brother, Sam.  Their conversations were fun and witty and I enjoyed all the parts when they are together.  I thought the romance part of the book wasn't as well developed but I still enjoyed it.

Recommendations:  I liked this book and it kept me interested but I can't say I would recommend it to many people.  There is a sex scene that isn't really graphic but is still descriptive enough that it made me a little uncomfortable. Not for teens.

Rating:  3.1.3  Unmarried, descriptive sexual relations and moderate profanity.

Thanks for reading!


Jenny said...

I was wondering what you'd think of this one. Im glad you enjoyed it a little. I can't remember the differences between it and the movie very well but the were quite different.

Suey said...

Did you say you'd seen the movie? If not, you'll have to try it and then report. I really enjoyed it.

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Kami said...

For some reason I thought this was a Nicholas Sparks book. I haven't seen the movie or have read this. I probably won't pick it up. I love that there is a blog dedicated to clean reading!

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