Charlie St. Cloud was written by Ben Sherwood. It was published by Random House in 2004. This novel is a fictional tale that tells the emotional journey between the main character Charlie and his deceased little brother.
Charlie St. Cloud and his little brother Sam decide to take their mom’s car to go see a Red Sox game. On the way home Charlie takes his eyes off of the road to look at the moon. They get into a car crash , and they die. When they are dead Charlie promises Sam that they will never abandon each other. Within a few minutes a paramedic then revives Charlie, but he is unable to rescue Sam. Soon Charlie realizes that he has the gift of seeing ghosts, and he goes to play catch with Sam every single night.
A girl named Tess Carroll sets out on an around the world trip on a yacht. She decides to drive the ship into a storm where he boat ends up flipping. She wakes up sitting in a cemetery where her dad is buried. It seems as if Tess is invisible to everyone, except Charlie St. Cloud. Soon enough the two begin falling in love. Charlie then hears that a woman by the name of Tess Carroll has a boat that is missing and so is she. Once he realizes that he has only been seeing her spirit, he sets out to find her body. This conflicts with his daily meeting with Sam.
The biggest message of this novel comes from its theme of grief and letting go. This is a strong theme that any reader can relate to. Overall, Sherwood does a fantastic job telling this heart wrenching story that really keeps the reader turning the pages. I would highly recommend this if you are ready for an emotional read.