Author: Ben Sherwood
Year Published: 2004
Pages: 277Publisher: Picador
Price: Rp. 85.000 (Times Bookstore)
This is the first book and movie review for my personal project: I Saw It, I Read It.
I loovveeee Zac Efron. That's why, i chose to read and watch Charlie St. Cloud first. Hehe.
Charlie was 15 when the accident that took his younger brother's life happened. Sam was 12 at that time. It happened after Charlie illegally borrowed their neighbor's car and drove it to a baseball match.
|The scene of the accident.. There was a truck behind Sam|
|Charlie and Sam's spirit practicing base ball|
|The scene where Tess found she was a spirit. In the movie, it was |
when she looked at the store's glass
I LOOOOVE this book so much.
I love St Cloud brothers. I love Tess. And I love the story so much. It is so romantic and magical.
By reading the story, I can feel that Charlie still felt guilty for making his brother died. That's why he couldn't move on and let Sam crossover although actually Sam was feeling okay with it and ready to crossover at any time. But he chose to stay for his brother. I love how they loved each other. Really sweet.
Sam might be 12 and forever would be 12, but as a spirit, he also had a mature way of thinking. He didn't envy Tess because Charlie had fallen in love with her. In fact, he helped Tess to be with Charlie. And the ending... OMG!! I love what happened to Sam at the ending!!
I also love the chemistry of Tess and Charlie. I don't think that Tess was originally a romantic character. She was a tomboy and an adventurer. She's a risktaker. But when she met Charlie and suddenly felt connected with him.. Aaww... So sweet.
Well, this book is perfect in my opinion.
And now, talking about the movie.. Well.. Despite of Zac Efron whom I love so much (since I watched him on Hairspray), I have to say that the movie was very disappointing. So many differences with the book. So many characters that were different with the book. For example, Fabio Ferrente's character. He was a fireman who saved the St Cloud brothers. In the book, he was supposed to die on duty but in the movie, he was still alive when he met grown up Charlie and then died because of cancer. And then, Sam's character. In the book, he was a lovable young boy, very cheerful and love his brother so much but in the movie he became a spoiled and pushy little brother. Too childish. Charlie was also portrayed as a sailor before the accident happened in the movie while in the book, he was not. But I have to admit that the scenery was beautiful and i love the cemetery so much. It feels like in the botanical garden instead of cemetery. I also love that they didn't remove the geese scene in the movie because it was hillarious.
Overall, this is a nice book. It taught us that no matter what happened, it happened for a good reason and we have to keep moving on to be able to know what the good reason is.
VERY VERY RECOMMENDED!!