The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom

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I consider myself as one of  Mitch Albom’s fan, well because his books are truly life-changing and it provides inspiration to the readers. And I don’t know why I wait this long to have the copy of his latest novel, The First Phone Call from Heaven. It talks about the story of a small fictional town in Michigan that gets worldwide attention when a few chosen citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife, most specifically from their love ones. The story then becomes a kind of mystery when Sully Harding, one member of the town, who is still grieving for a lost wife but who has never received a phone call from heaven, decides to look into a rational explanation for the calls. He manages to unravel the truth before the waiting world, bringing the story to a decisive climax.
The First Phone Call from Heaven is book that I found very surprising and that is what kept me fervently turning pages. I also found the cast of characters to be engaging and true to how people would act if actually faced with this kind of phenomenon. It centers around some important and delicate issues; loss and regret after the end of a life (failed to say that you love a person/ hugging that person or any kind that allow you to made him feel how much you love the person). Mitch Albom once again wins my book loving heart and let me see things differently. He cleverly adds the true story of Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of the telephone, putting a piece of history balanced into the fictional story.
It was an easy to read, fast paced with a storyline that keeps the reader guessing to the end, truly touching, thought provoking and uplifting.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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Because of Goodreads I discovered the novel, The Kite Runner, it is a Historical Fiction Novel by Khaled Hosseini. It begins in Afghanistan’s relatively liberal monarchy of the 1970s, briefly before a military coup and the Russian invasion would forever change the landscape of the once beautiful Kabul. While political developments initially remain in the backdrop, cultural issues of pre-war Afghanistan are presented up close and personal. It is told in the perspective of a young boy, Amir,son of a wealthy Afghan businessman. The story begins in the early 1970s when Amir is a child and Afghanistan is a monarchy. When the communist government assumes power, Amir, now a teenager, and his father flee to the United States. Amir carries with him the private shame of having betrayed his best friend, Hassan, who was the son of his father’s trusted servant. Leaving his friend suffer the terrible humiliation is a coward deed. However, and since he’s not a naturally bad kid, his anger and fury get beyond description and for him to redeem himself, He plans to kick Hassan and his father, Ali, out of their mansion. Guilt and disgrace are killing him in the inside and he can’t stand looking Hassan in the eye anymore. The tale continues with the family’s financial struggles as refugees in California and concludes with Amir’s eventual return to Taliban-ruled Afghanistan where he finally confronts his guilt.
The Kite Runner is the first novel by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini. Whereas the author introduced me to the protagonist that deals with a secret in his past and that secret shaped him to for his future. When I met Amir, he made me cheered for him, symphatized with him and felt mad at him in his different situations. I almost called him a “coward one” for betraying his great friend Hassan, who’s a truly good and beautiful person even though he’s had his fair share of hard times. Regardless, his mother rejected him, Hassan is a selfless and joy-filled creature, he covers for Amir when they are intoruble, He defends Amir when the neighboorhood bullies threaten them. Him and his father serves Amir and Baba (Amir’s father) with a thoughtless kindness of a saint. Khalid Hosseini brings me to the temporal past and in this novel he really portrays the manners and social conditions of the persons in the story. He chose to explore notable historical figures in these settings, allowing readers to better understand how these individuals would have responded to their environments. The Kite Runner is a page turner novel, a heart rending story of friendship and secrets., talks about love, cruelty and redemption. I highly recommended this novel and it will give the reader a lasting impression.

5 out of 5 stars

Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

I first watched the Film of Heaven is for Real, having no idea that the film was adapted from Todd Burpo’s Book. The movie never doubts Colton is telling the truth. As a film, it’s shabby storytelling, setting up a mystery it’s not curious enough to want to solve.Greg Kinnear (The Last Song / Little Miss Sunshine), however, manages to keep his portrayal grounded. Connor Corum plays Colton Burpo, a 4-year-old who seems to have had a near-death experience, in “Heaven Is for Real.” This blue-eyed child did a great job in every scenes.

Connor Corum plays Colton Burpo

                                               Connor Corum plays Colton Burpo

After knowing that the film was based on a book, I instantly decided to read the book.

HEAVENHeaven is for Real (A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back), it’s the true telling of a small-town pastor whose almost 4 year old son Colton’s journey to heaven during a surgical procedure for a severe ruptured appendix. Following the procedure, and over a period of months and years, Colton, Todd’s son, gradually “revealed” bits and pieces of his alleged journey to heaven.
The book contains some beautiful truths about Jesus and His hearts towards us. How the Lord loves the children. Having a Child like faith is one of my favorite quote from the book, because it speaks directly to my heart (and I know it really comes from the Lord).
This book will minister to you, encourage you, increase your faith, challenge you, and cause you to desire Jesus even more. This little boy that was miraculously healed and came out of his experience with a message that has brought hope, peace, wonder, excitement, thirst for God, and a thirst for more of who He is and where He is.” Heaven is for Real is a very well written page turner and easy to read.

Adobong Pusit for Lunch

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When the clock struck at 12 noon. Office door closed but never forget to put a note on the office door “Lunch break – 12:00nn to 1:00pm”.

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For today I decided for lunch to eat something that I hadn’t eaten yet for the year of 2015, and it is Adobong Pusit with Mango Shake. In our home, I think when 2015 entered Mama has forgotten to cook this for us. And maybe I just miss eating this.

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Adobong pusit is a very common way to cook adobo, a Spanish name for a Filipino dish, a stew with vinegar, soy sauce, garlic and black pepper. The texture is more gummy. My Mother says that the technique in cooking squids is not to overcook since cooking them in longer time will make it the texture harder. And for me to enjoy eating this is to pour out hot sauce over my adobong pusit.

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

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It begins as an assignment for English class: write a letter to a dead person – any dead person.
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira is the story of a young girl, Laurel, who has lost her sister. She processes both her grief and coming of age by confiding in people long gone through a series of letters. There’s a nice and sometimes surprising selection of recipients and you’ll likely find yourself overflowing with nostalgia and dusting off some Nirvana CDs. As you move through the book, the depth of the story reveals itself and some real gems surface. But the writing was so gorgeous and Laurel’s story was absolutely heartbreaking. Whether or not this form of storytelling is for you, the characters and insightful, candid thoughts of this young girl will be affecting. Laurel’s voice and her observations of the people in her life carry the plot and many complex themes are explored as a result. There’s the typical friendship, boys and wanting to fit in aspect of high school that’s completely relatable. But there’s also grief (her own and her parents), divorce, sexuality and abuse. I couldn’t help but feel for Laurel as she both loved her sister May and constantly compared herself to her — usually finding herself lacking the light and beauty she saw in May. I think that’s what made her friendships, her letters and the romance so heartwarming, even when it was sad. Because Laurel was finding herself. She was living and coming to terms with her warring feelings for her sister and secrets she’s kept quiet about for too long.
Stephen Chbosky described Love Letters to the Dead as ‘a bold new literary voice’, I found myself agreeing. Even though Laurel was still finding her own voice, it stood out to me. Her character growth was really well done and sweet to watch. It’s filled with so many wonderful quotes and sweet to sad scenes. Just overall a great read and an even better debut. Dellaira brings her own unique writing voice to the coming of age tale. I connected with all of the characters, which is pretty amazing considering the format of the book being letters written to dead people. I definitely highly recommend this novel to all readers.

Looking for Alaska by John Green

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Weekend for me, means books and movies and bed (sleeping). This weekened I am able to finish reading this Novel by John Green, Looking for Alaska.
Looking for Alaska is divided into “before” and “after” . In the “before” part, Miles “Pudge” Halter leaves home to attend a boarding school in order to leave behind the same old things and seek “the Great Perhaps.” Not having any friends before, Miles surprisingly makes a few friends who totally kick ass: , “the Colonel”, Alaska and Takumi. Miles gets pulled into their pranks and become a part of this circle of great friendship. More than anyone, Miles is drawn to Alaska—the reckless, unstable, unstoppable, impulsive, loud, fun, beautiful, rude, unhappy, bookish Alaska Young, the girl who “embodies the Great Perhaps” and changes everything in his world in the “after” part. Looking for Alaska was the way it didn’t shy away from things like that. It dealt with things like teenagers hiding booze in their rooms and sneaking out to smoke in a very matter of fact way which I really admired, because teens do those things, and I don’t think it’s an accurate portrayal of school life if you gloss over them. It also tackled sex in an equally brilliant, head on way. I liked how we saw Miles explore his relationships with the girls around him and how it wasn’t all boring love story, but at the same time he had a real understanding of what he wanted and what things meant to him. He’s a pretty caring person.
I enjoyed the story, the characters, the writing, everything. I loved how this is a coming-of-age story with heartfelt heartbreak and love and loss and sadness and misery and friendship and nostalgia and mistakes and regrets and longing for a better future. This book has everything that I love to read about, and it blends all these things together perfectly. I was really fascinated with the character of Alaska, a lot of people who read this Novel, they are keep on asking why Miles is madly in love with Alaska who is not an ideal girl to fall for. But as I am reading this book, I find Alaska Young as being slightly obsessed with the dichotomy between death and life. Alaska’s mother’s death only fuels her self-destructive tendencies, perhaps because it’s only when Alaska is doing something that could contribute to her destruction (drinking, smoking, cheating on her boyfriend, pranking) that she feels the most alive. More important than her fascination with death or her destructive tendencies, is the fact that Alaska feels both emotionally and physically homeless. We never know whether this is because of her mother’s death or a situation Alaska has created for herself by failing to forgive herself, but we do know that home isn’t just about a place for her. We come to understand that it’s about the sense of security and unconditional love that Miles finds with his parents at home in Florida. And since it doesn’t seem like Alaska seems to feel safe anywhere, this leaves her homeless even when surrounded by her friends at school. The simple things Alaska wants are things like the ability to read her Life’s Library. But while reading all of her books might seem like a simple enough pursuit, what it means is that she still has an appreciation for life and a plan for the future that hasn’t yet been subsumed by her guilt over her mother’s death. And this are the reason why I am falling in love as well with Alaska. She remains perpetual mystery in this book, for Miles and for all the readers.
Looking for Alaska, is one of the perfect Novel for me, that I really failed to put down, and I also made myself being drowned in this book. This Novel managed to hold of my emotions and my heart, captivating my full attention and imaginations. John Green shows us how formative teenage friendship, love, and grief are—and he does it without making teenagers seem small and their situations contrived. He doesn’t just show us the peaks and valleys of friendship, but instead he attempts to show us how Miles works through his grief following Alaska’s death and forgives himself for letting her go.

5 out of 5 stars

3 Idiots (2009)

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One year ago, officemates recommended 3 idiots movie to me, according to them it’s a must watched film. And at that time I wasn’t able to watch the film because I still don’t have the copy of the movie and I don’t have yet a laptop that time. And then I totally forgot about the movie, until this month of February, while watching the Television, there was this commercial of 3 idiots being tagalized in one of the network here in the Philippines, and having the idea that surely there will be a lot of cuts. I have decided to watch it in my laptop and I luckily I already have the copy of the film.

3 Idiots is about three engineering students, namely Rancho (Aamir Khan), Farhan (Madhavan) and Raju (Sharman Joshi). Together, they engaged in adventurous and stupid yet humorous walks along life. They encounter joy, hatred, and all the worse. However, Rancho is always lifting their hope, giving reason to everything and that it should not obstruct or destroy them. 3 idiots made me laugh so hard, and it also touched my heart when it comes to tha scene that talks about Raju(with his family and in the hospital) and how Rancho always encouraged him with the help of Fahran. After finally seeing the movie, I’ve really learned a lot of things to the point that it has changed my perspective when it comes to learning. Some of the many things I learned from the movie are:

  • “College is not a pressure-cooker”– Rancho
    A lot of students considered that being in high school is the most happiest moment in their lives. And being in College is the hardest, because pressure to deadlines, sleeping late just to finish a project/assignments/presentations (and sometimes they didn’t sleep at all). Which is it shouldn’t be like that, College life must enjoyed by the student because after College they will enter the corporate world whereas they will learns more to work hard for their future.
  • “Pursue excellence, and success will follow” – Rancho
    In studying, in working do it with happiness, and you will see that what ever you do you learned from it, you excel from it. Until you realized that you are enjoying what you do. Opportunity and success will chase you wherever you go. And that’s the goal of every individuals to be successful in every aspect of their lives.
  • “Make your passion your profession” – Rancho
    In choosing what you want to be, do not allow your parents or other people decide for your future, instead. Decide on your own, all you need is their support and guidance in every thing. Because doing what is your passion will be more easier for you to succeed and most importantly is your happiness. It will reflect in your life, even if people will let you down for not earning so much compare to other peoples earning. Do not mind them as long as you live a happy life and with contentment. You are successful!
  • “All is well” – Rancho
    Despite the situations, problems, or chaos that may have ensued in an effort to reach the desired conclusion, it is fine as long as the end result is positive. Everything will be alright!

3 Idiots is a great combination of humor, love, emotions and knowledge. The performances by all the actors are worth acknowledging. On one hand Three Idiots has shown the circumstances faced by the engineering students and on the other side it has also tried to bring out the true meaning of friendship. The plot touches upon applicable issues in the Indian education system which sometimes forces rote-learning, peer-competition, strict nature of professors, etc which are prevalent in engineering colleges of subcontinent today in India and Pakistan as well. The plot is light hearted, in that the viewer experiences emotions even through comic scenes and dramatic gestures like a strict professor finally breaking down, or after problems, folks meet with success – two of basic human feelings, which on a practical level, most of us empathize or rejoice with respectively. It does not only give us entertainment, but it also gives us lessons in life that we can apply in our journey of learning. Learning they say is a continuous process, we learn every second, every moment, every day in our life, and watching it is one way of learning several things in life that we least expect to get from a movie.

5 out of 5 stars

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

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Set in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, is a controversial Novel, why do I say this a controversial? because it tackles some difficult subject – the civil rights movement, and it’s the reason why I decided to read this Novel.
The Novel introduced me to the three main characters, Skeeter, is a white educated and prosperous young woman with no real plans for the future. Aibileen is withdrawn, respectful, and religious whereas Minny is opinionated and outspoken, traits that keep landing her in trouble.
Aibileen and Minny are two women who supports each other, and help each other to survive the difficult realities of being black maids for white families. While Skeeter, desperate to get into the world of journalism and publishing, she is given a challenge by a New York publisher of writing about something different, writing a column on home cleaning tips for women, but she doesn’t know anything about the subject. She begins to consult Aibileen, a black maid in her friend’s house, about the column. Both Aibileen and Minny, slowly opens Skeeter’s eyes to the plight of black maids who wait on white women, and take her writing career in an unexpected and dangerous direction.
While reading this novel, I fully understand that the Kathryn Stockett was taking her own experience as a white woman growing up in Mississippi with a beloved black caretaker, and she also used it as her starting point for the story of humanity and courage. She made her Novel emphasized how dangerous it was for these women to tell their stories. For Skeeter, she may earned a temporary banishment from society and for the two black maids, it may resulted to a termination from their jobs, and possibly much worse. As I was reading I could feel and hear the voices of Aibileen, Minny and Skeeter.

The Help can broke it’s readers heart and then at the end will healed it (like what it did to me). It will allow you to laugh (because of Minny’s hilarity narration) and tense (because reading this made me feel the anxiety and nervousness that I don’t want it to put down, keeping me to read page after page, hoping that everything would turn out alright). The Novel allows me to fall in love with the characters, that I wanted to meet them in person. Even if it tackles the major issues Kathryn Stockett manages this novel to be entertaining, lively, affecting, compelling and definitely thought-provoking. It’s a book that has stayed in my mind ever since reading it. And want it to recommend to everyone. I bet it’s not a waste of time!

That Thing Called Tadhana (2014)

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February 19, 2015, is a Special Non-Working Holiday in the Philippines because of Chinese New Year, so let me greet you “Kung Hei Fat Choi”. In this day I allowed my feet to bring me to a movie theater and watch the popular and trending indie film, That Thing Called Tadhana (just Me, Myself, and I). Actually, it’s usual for me to do a things unexpectedly (I mean without planning, it’s just kapag pumasok na sa isip kong gawin, gagawin ko talaga). But my intuition tells me, that you will relate in this film, that this film has a sense and every movie goers will learn something and their money and time is not a waste.
That Thing Called Tadhana (TTCT), is an indie film directed by Antoinette Jadaone (Relaks’ it’s just Pag-ibig/Beauty in a Bottle/English Only Please). The movie’s initial release was November 2014 for the Cinema One Film Festival and since the film received such positive reviews from the critics and gotten some movie awards, the Star Cinema decided to released in Nationwide last February 4, 2015 (and they did the right decision), because the movie grosses P100 million in the box office as of February 16, 2015, and is still showing in over a hundred theaters nationwide.. That Thing Called Tadhana or the netizens tagged it as the “Ultimate Hugot Film”, opens with this

“Para sa mga umibig,
nasaktan,
pero umibig pa rin.

You know, tatanga-tanga”

Followed by an open-ended short story’s epilogue narrated by Mace, entitled ” The Arrow with a Heart Pierced Through Him”. TTCT, follows the story of Mace Castillo (Angelica Panganiban) and Anthony Lagdameo (JM De Guzman), strangers who met at an airport in Italy because of Mace excess baggage. And Anthony with a helpful-heart offered some space in his baggage to put other Mace’s things, that’s where the friendship begins and other truths unfolds and eventually the film allowed me to travel up north to Baguio and Sagada (where I find myself witness the amazing clouds-sun-mountain view) in search for the answer to the question: Where do broken hearts go?” (And I find myself loving the song and wanting to sing this in a videoke!). TTCT made me laugh, and giggle with different scenes. The conversation between Mace and Anthony feels sincere, so natural, so simple, so wasak and napaka burgis! And there are so many kilig moments that the viewers never realized that Angelica Panganiban and JM De Guzman will have a great chemistry on screen. Here are Their Hugot lines na talagang may sense at tumatagos sa puso ng mga manunuod, simple but very relatable, at talagang hindi makakalimutan ng mga viewers:

  • “Bakit ba kayong mga mapeperang mga babae, ang hilig n’yong hinahanap ang sarili n’yo sa Baguio? Ba’t ba Baguio? Hindi ba pwedeng sa inuman na lang?” – Anthony
  • “Alam mo ‘yung love na 8 years na kayo? Sa ganong love ka pa ba magdududa? Pero wala pala sa tagal ng relasyon yun. Ke eight months kayo o eight years, kung gusto ka niyang lokohin, lolokohin ka niya. Pag hindi ka na niya mahal, hindi ka na niya mahal.”- Mace
  • “Hindi. Na. Kita. Mahal. Makakaalis. Ka. Na. Seven words. ‘Yung 8 years namin, kinaya niyang tapusin in 7 words.”- Mace
  • “Hindi ka na niya mahal. Yun na yon. Ano di malinaw dun?” – Anthony
    “Tang*** naman, sabihin naman niya kung bakit-” – Mace
    “Bakit, kapag sinabi ba niya kung bakit, may magbabago? Ang bottomline, hindi ka niya mahal.”- Anthony
  • “Kung mahal mo, habulin mo, ipaglaban mo. Wag mong hintaying may magtulak sa kanya pabalik sa’yo. Hilahin mo, hanggang kaya mo, wag kang bibitaw. Sorry, mahal ko eh.” – Mace
  • “Alam mo yung sinabi ni F. Scott Fitzgerald?, There are all linds aof love in this world, but never the same love twice.” – Anthony
  • “Wow. Love is blind. Naniniwala na ako, love is blind.” – Anthony
  • “Gaano katagal bago mo siya nakalimutan?” – Mace
    “Matagal.” – Anthony
    “Gaano nga katagal? One year? Two? 3? 4? 5?” – Mace
    “Importante pa ba ‘yun? Ang mahalaga, nakalimutan.” – Anthony
  • “Kapag may dumaang shooting star, ano’ng iwi-wish mo?” – Anthony
    “Na sana…sana hindi ko na siya mahalin.” – Mace

The actors deliver the script perfectly and very true. And now I shared the lines that really got to me and to other viewers. So allow me to share the an open-ended short story by Mace and will carried on by Anthony at the end of the film.

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“The Arrow with a Heart Pierced Through Him”
There was an Arrow who was getting tired of his pointy life, until one day he woke up feeling heavier than usual. He woke up with a heart pierced through him.
“Whose heart are you? and how did you get here?” he asked.
But there was no reply.
As time passed, he felt the weight decrease. He was either getting used to the weight he was carrying or the heart was carrying itself. One day, the Heart just slowly moved back from the Arrow. Slowly.., very slowly.. until the Heart is no longer pierced through the Arrow. And so the Heart move on. The Arrow who used to have a Heart pierced through him tried to move on… but he was too heavy and he was dragging himself down. The Arrow could not understand why he felt heavier when he actually no longer had the load of carrying somebody’s Heart. So the Arrow go back to his olf, pointy life and every day, he would wake up feeling heavier than usual. But there was no Heart pierced through him each time. So the Arrow decided to be patient and just try to be the old Arrow that he was before he bacame the Arrow with a Heart pirced through him. So he can live normally again, And He did.
One day, he just woke up feeling a little stranger than usual. The Arrow woke up being tired of his pointy life again. Until he heard a question too familiar that it was not stranger at all. ” Excuse me, but have you lost your heart?”..
The Arrow was surprised. It was the Heart who used to be pierced through Him. And there was no reply. The Arrow and the Heart didn’t need any.

Sometimes we meet people not knowing if they’ll stay or leave. If they stay, then it’s probably meant to be.

That Thing Called Tadhana, has a very minimal characters, the two leading roles and others are extra such as the passengers at the bus, people at the airport, customers the the restaurants. The performance of the leads are very realistics, Angelica Panganiban’s performance made us laugh and cry at the same time, she was able to manipulate her emotions without going over the top, and aside from that, her narration alone has its honest and compassionate way of saying it, it felt like she was talking to the viewers. And JM De Guzman, the very handsome man (I have a confession to make, I have a huge crush on him! OMG!) brings the best on subtlety and charm as Anthony, he comes off as this shy, soft-spoken person and one thing, he does a great job on conveying Anthony’s expressions (his smile, oh-my-God! it melts me, hahaha) through his eyes and not to mention, he carries his character’s sorrow and honesty, little by little. They are so effective in their roles and chemistry is that their body of work, these actors were able to connect themselves and played them like human beings, one of us.

And of course a big round of applause to Direk Antoinette Jadaone, for making this “Ultimate Hugot Film” so natural to the viewers. You truly deserve the Palanca Award. Antoinette Jadaone, is really a genius for adding excess baggage as metaphor for the weight that Mace carrying from her past (as what she said, her baggage contains her whole life), And here comes Anthony, willingly offers to carry some of the weight for her, even if he has his own baggage too. And at the end both of them learned to let go of these burden (and none of them already carrying their own “baggage”).

That Thing Called Tadhana, is a perfect movie for everyone who falls in love, who have experienced heartbreaks, and wanted to fall in love again. It will remind us of our forgotten memories and thank every lessons we learned from it and leading us to where we are today.

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

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“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”.

Because of Zac Efron I met this new character, Charlie St. Cloud, one of the awesome character that I know, a twenty eight year young man. Back in his past.., when he was 15 years old, Charlie St. Cloud and his little brother Sam “borrowed” their neighbor’s car and drive into Boston for the Red Sox game along with their family dog, Oscar. After having a great time at the game, as they are headed home they get into a front-end collision with a drunk driver on a drawbridge. Sam is instantly killed, along with their dog Oscar. Charlie also dies, and as they head toward the light, they make a promise to never leave one another. But as they approach the light, Charlie is pulled back by a paramedic who has restarted his heart. Thirteen years later, Charlie is still able to play catch with Sam and Oscar every evening at sundown. And then One day Tess Carroll enters Charlie’s world at the cemetery and it’s all he can do to stop thinking about the beautiful sailor. It makes Charlie have to choose between the two people he cares about. He has to make a choice between holding on to the past or letting go and moving on.
The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud, makes you the reader think that miracles really can happen and makes you wonder how much of life you’re missing and makes you want to make sure you’re not just wasting your life. Luminous, soulful, and filled with unforgettable characters, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud is one of those rare, wise books that reveal the mysteries of the unseen world around us, gently transforming the worst pain of loss into hope, healing, and even laughter. Suspenseful and deeply moving, its startling climax reminds us that sometimes tragedies can bring about miracles if we simply open our hearts.
Ben Sherwood did a great job in creating a very special Novel that talks about a tragedy of two brothers separated by death, yet bonded together through the everlasting power of love. Filled with suspense, the boundaries between physical life and the spiritual living merge into an experience the reader will be hard to forget.