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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

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

Holy crap is it hard to type something up for a book, I thought this would be fun. Yet I keep deleting everything I type up. I get angry cause it isn't flowing how I want it to. Or how I want to type something that is in the book without it being a spoiler.

I can't be perfect, so this may suck to you. It sucks to me, but thats okay.

Damn I should just be my weird self and type this damn whatever you wanna call it..... Enjoy you other library whores.

If you already didn't read the title, below is the title and author.

Book - The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud
Author - Ben Sherwood

3/5 stars

When I started reading the book, I was confused. Even the title confused me. I discovered this book because of the movie trailer I saw on a website. I was instantly pulled in by the trailer, but I can't say that about the book. The book and movie trailer are different. The book is soo hard to get into, it was like torture for about 30-40 pages, maybe even more. I kept waiting for the romance aspect to come. Also, I should mention the book and movie are different, in the movie he is about 17-18, where as in the book he is 28 (I think, I already forgot). The promises are also even different, even probably the girls role in the movie is different.

This books is basically about promises, moving on and the bond between brothers.

Anyways....

"I believe in miracles."

Is what the first sentence of the book says.


It opens with the narrator, for just the beginning and ending, recalling some of his past rescues and times he has failed to save a life. There he takes you to the story of the St. Cloud brothers; Charlie and Sam.

Fuck it, if you read the back of the book, then you know Sam dies. I don't know why I'm screwing around and not wanting to say that but yeah, I just did. ANYWAYS, Charlie and Sam "borrow" their neighbors car to go to a baseball game, on the way home they are hit by a drunk driver. The narrator appears at the scene and finds both technically "dead". Then it goes to the after life with Charlie and Sam and there they make their promise to never leave each other. Though Charlie is brought back to life and Sam is failed to be revived.

After the accident Charlie soon discovers he can see Sam's ghost. Basically, Sam is in the "in between". Other words a ghost. Charlie soon learns what he has to do to make sure he is always able to see Sam's ghost. Flash forward 13 years and thus the story begins.

The book is told from not just Charlie's point of view but from Tess', the main female lead.

The romance in this book is fast romance. Meaning "Hey I met you yesterday, but damn I'm in love with you like I've known you for years."

Also, there are moments you want to chunk the book at a wall (Esp. in the middle of the book). I don't recommend doing that, seeing as I hate seeing abused looking books. All I can say is stick with it and don't assume what I assumed.


Anyways,

I liked these lines from the ending narrators part.

"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."

"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 the little things, because somebody is reaching out to you. Qualcuno ti ama. Somebody loves you."

Basically I didn't want to blog about this book, but I did. I will go back and edit this better, when I dont have a killer headache and sleep deprived.

Oh and I'm soo not behind on my blog! You know who you are! Why don't you make a blog and we will see how fast you blog about a so-so book! Hehe.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Currently Reading

So these are the books I have checked out. If I finish reading them, I'll make their own little post. Finished = RED

Didn't Finish/Returned = Blue

  • The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud - Ben Sherwood
  • Water For Elephants - Sara Gruen
  • Voices of Dragons - Carrie Vaughn
  • A Kiss of Shadows - Laurell K. Hamilton
  • It's Not Summer Without You - Jenny Han
  • The Sky is Everywhere - Jandy Nelson
  • Girl, Interrupted - Susanna Kaysen
  • School's Out Forever - James Patterson
  • Dead Witch Walking - Kim Harrison
  • Night Embrace - Sherrilyn Kenyon

100 Book Goal List

So this is the list of books I've already read this year (2010). I'm off to a good start and should make my goal and plus some.

Well here is the list: (Book Title - Author) - Green = Going to buy
  1. My Sister's Bones - Cathi Hanauer
  2. Shadowland - Alyson Noel
  3. Sweethearts - Sara Zarr
  4. The Passion of Alice - Stephanie Grant
  5. Wicked Lovely- Melissa Marr
  6. The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
  7. Inside Out: Portrait of an Eating Disoder - Nadia Shivack
  8. The Novice - Trudi Canavan
  9. The Dust of 100 Dogs - A.S. King
  10. Purge - Sarah Darer Littman
  11. Skinny Ibi Kaslik
  12. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
  13. Stargazer - Claudia Gray
  14. Angels' Blood - Nalini Singh
  15. Thirst No.1 - Christopher Pike
  16. The Sea of Monsters - Rick Riordan
  17. Evernight - Claudia Gray
  18. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
  19. Moon Called - Patricia Briggs
  20. Moonlight - Rachel Hawthorne
  21. Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side - Beth Fantaskey
  22. The High Lord - Trudi Canavan
  23. Need - Carrie Jones
  24. Wake - Lise McMane
  25. Story of a Girl - Sara Zarr
  26. The Titan's Curse - Rick Riordan
  27. Dark Lover - J.R. Ward
  28. The Devil Inside - Jenna Black
  29. Cry Wolf - Patricia Briggs
  30. Blood Bound - Patricia Briggs
  31. That Summer - Sarah Dessen
  32. Captivate - Carrie Jones
  33. Thirst No. 2 - Christopher Pike
  34. The Darkest Night - Gena Showalter
  35. Out of the Darkness - Jaime Rush
  36. The Battle of the Labyrinth - Rick Riordan
  37. The Darkest Kiss - Gena Showalter
  38. Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea - Chelsea Handler
  39. Look Again - Lisa Scottoline
  40. Fallen - Lauren Kate
  41. Bitten - Kelly Armstrong
  42. Graceling - Kristin Cashore
  43. The Devil's Kiss - Sarwat Chadda
  44. Perfect Chemistry - Simone Elkeles
  45. Hotter After Midnight - Cynthia Eden
  46. The Summer I Turned Pretty - Jenny Han
  47. The Angel Experiment - James Patterson
  48. Archangel's Kiss - Nalini Singh
  49. The Last Olympian - Rick Riordan
  50. Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher
  51. Brightly Woven - Alexandra Bracken
  52. Hex Hall - Rachel Hawkins
  53. Storm Born - Richelle Mead
  54. The Iron King - Julie Kagawa
  55. The Life and Death of Charlie St. Cloud - Ben Sherwood
  56. It's Not Summer Without You - Jenny Han
  57. If I Stay - Gayle Forman
  58. Hourglass - Claudia Gray
  59. The Sky is Everywhere - Jandy Nelson
  60. A Kiss of Shadows - Laurell K. Hamilton
  61. The Turning - Jennifer Armintrout
  62. Going Too Far - Jennifer Echols
  63. Bloom - Elizabeth Scott
  64. Two Way Street - Lauren Barnholdt
  65. Rules of Attraction - Simone Elkeles
  66. Girl, Interrupted - Susanna Kaysen
  67. Voices of Dragons - Carrie Vaughn
  68. Wings - Aprilynne Pike
  69. Heart of a Dragon - Gena Showalter
  70. A Hunger Like No Other - Kresley Cole
  71. Jacob - Jacquelyn Frank
  72. Thorn Queen - Richelle Mead
  73. Darkfever - Karen Marie Moning
  74. Show No Mercy - Cindy Gerard
  75. Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac - Gabrielle Zevin
  76. Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver
  77. White Cat - Holly Black
  78. Forgive My Fins - Tera Lynn Childs
  79. Blood Promise - Richelle Mead
  80. Spirit Bound - Richelle Mead
  81. Dairy Queen - Catherine Gilbert Murdock
  82. Half to the Grave - Jeaniene Frost
  83. Full Moon Rising - Keri Arthur
  84. Kissing Sin - Keri Arthur
  85. One Foot in the Grave - Jeaniene Frost

Library Whore Intro

I suck at introductions, but I shall suck it up and write one.

Library Whore. The name for the blog popped in my head instantly when I started to think of titles for it. I visit my library about 2-3 times a week. I also request 15 books online(I hate limits!) and have about 10 books checked out right now. So technically, I am a library whore.

Purpose of site? For fun? Really to write about the books I read, whether they suck or are totally mind blowing. And to waste some time!

Readers? Who knows. If people read this or don't its okay. ^ it says for fun, not to entertain people, just basically to entertain me.

Where do I get my books? Library. Duh. I only buy the books I truly enjoy. Seriously why buy a book and it suck? So I check out the book from the library and decide whether its a book I want in my small but growing collection.

What genre do I read? Mostly Paranormal Romance. Young Adult. Some erotic books.

Favorite Book? Two come to my mind, Just Listen by Sarah Dessen and Madness by Marya Hornbacher.

Where/Who do I get my recommendations from? Mostly from book sites like goodreads.com or booksamillion.com or from other book blogs I follow!

I don't know big words, so don't expect my reviews to be super awesome. Spoilers, I hate spoilers (though I occasionally put some in my reviews). Read the book, so I might slip on some spots, but I'm not going to lay the whole book out for you and ruin it.

So thats it.

Oh before I end this. I'm very random when typing things. So I could be talking about one thing and fly into a whole other subject. Thats all.

The End.

PS. I forgot to mention I have a goal to read 100 books this year. I'll upload the list of books I've read in order in the next post, didn't really know where to throw this in so I put it in the bottom.
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