“Most of all, I miss that feeling when you go to sleep at night and when you wake up in the morning. It’s that feeling that everything is all right in the world. You know, that amazing feeling that you’re whole, that you’ve got everything you want, that you aren’t missing anything. Sometimes when I wake up, I get it for just a moment. It lasts a few seconds, but then I remember what happened, and how nothing has been the same since.”
The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud is a romantic and exhilarating novel written by Ben Sherwood that looks at the conflict of holding on and letting go, and at getting a second chance at love. The story evolves around the character of Charlie St. Cloud, a devoted family member who promises to play baseball with his younger brother Sam every single day, at sunset. But when Sam dies in a car accident, Charlie remains determined to keep his promise, finding that he has the gift to still interact with his brother to do so. 13 years later, still atoning for his loss and playing baseball with Sam’s memory in the depths of the forest, Charlie meets a girl named Tess, and must now choose between the past and present, between living with the memory of his dead brother or saving the life of another.