One For Sorrow (Google eBook)

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Random House LLC, Aug 28, 2007 - Fiction - 308 pages
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Part thriller, part ghost tale, part love story, One for Sorrow is a novel as timeless as The Catcher in the Rye and as hauntingly lyrical as The Lovely Bones. Christopher Barzak’s stunning debut tells of a teenage boy’s coming-of-age that begins with a shocking murder and ends with a reason to hope.

Adam McCormick had just turned fifteen when the body was found in the woods. It is the beginning of an autumn that will change his life forever. Jamie Marks was a boy a lot like Adam, a boy no one paid much attention to—a boy almost no one would truly miss. And for the first time, Adam feels he has a purpose. Now, more than ever, Jamie needs a friend.

But the longer Adam holds on to Jamie’s ghost, the longer he keeps his friend tethered to a world where he no longer belongs…and the weaker Adam’s own ties to the living become. Now, to find his way back, Adam must learn for himself what it truly means to be alive.

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Lots of truth inside fine writing. - Goodreads
Sometimes it was hard to read this book. - Goodreads
The pay off with the ending is really great though. - Goodreads
Also, I didn't find the ending particular satisfying. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Kelly - Goodreads

This book was well written overall (though some parts of it fell flat construction-wise) and had an interesting premise. Barzak has a talent for matter-of-factly inserting the bizarre into the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Matt Cresswell - Goodreads

When I came across this online, I pigeon-holed it (immediately and unfairly–I really must learn not to do this) as a kind of 'gay Lovely Bones'. It's not, not at all, except in the most superficial ... Read full review

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Page 4 - I think, even, if I ever die, and they stick me in a cemetery, and I have a tombstone and all, it'll say "Holden Caulfield" on it, and then what year I was born and what year I died, and then right under that it'll say "Fuck you.
Page 4 - That's the whole trouble. You can't ever find a place that's nice and peaceful, because there isn't any.

About the author (2007)

Christopher Barzak was born and raised in rural Ohio, has lived in a southern California beach town, the capital of Michigan and the suburbs of Tokyo, Japan, where he taught English in rural junior high and elementary schools. His stories have appeared in many venues, including Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Trampoline, Interfictions, Nerve, Salon Fantastique and The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. Currently he lives in Youngstown, Ohio, where he teaches writing at Youngstown State University. One for Sorrow is his first novel.

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