Whiskey & Charlie

Whiskey & Charlie

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"Whiskey and Charlie might have come from the same family, but they'd tell you two completely different stories about growing up. Whiskey is everything Charlie is not--bold, daring, carefree--and Charlie blames his twin brother for always stealing the limelight, always getting everything, always pushing Charlie back. By the time the twins reach adulthood, they are barely even speaking to each other ... When Charlie hears that Whiskey has been in a terrible accident and has slipped into a coma, Charlie can't make sense of it. Who is he without Whiskey?"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2015]
ISBN: 9781492607861
Characteristics: 327 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Whiskey and Charlie


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Brothers who are totally different from each other, until one has a near-fatal accident, and the other starts to reflect on how inseparable they were as children. You find out why, and you'll probably cry, but you'll be into it.

Sep 18, 2015

A bittersweet story. In the first half of the book, Charlie remembers all the trouble that his brother Whisky raised, leading up to their rift. In the second half, Charlie becomes self-aware that he is not such an angel either. The sad part is that it took a traumatic event to bring them together again, though luckily, they have the chance to repair their relationship, through the catalyst of a surprise brother arriving on the scene.

Sep 16, 2015

A good story of sibling rivalry and family relations shown through a brother's journey of self discovery while his twin is in a coma. There are times you want to give Charlie a swift kick, but he slowly becomes a better person. I thought this was a touching story. (I also thought it was very clever how the author worked the story around the radio-alphabet chapter-titles.)

Sep 05, 2014

27/7 - This was half coming-of-age, half fictional memoir. Whisky Charlie Foxtrot tells the story of twin boys who drift apart over 20 years, eventually being drawn back together after a life-threatening car accident puts one of them in a coma. I completely sympathised with Charlie as my brother and I had major personality clashes of our own as we were growing up and now, nearly at the same age as Whisky and Charlie, are managing to have family get togethers without an argument. He lives in another state and only comes back home for special occasions a couple of times a year (thank God! I don't know what I'd do if he actually moved back in with us).

I really enjoyed reading a book set in my (what I now consider) hometown of Melbourne. Talking about places I actually know and recognise from their descriptions. Some of the frank discussions with the counsellor regarding Whisky's prognosis were almost enough to give me nightmares thinking about how I would handle it if I was in Charlie's place with a member of my family in a coma. I know what their wishes are, but I don't know how successful I would be in carrying them out, always thinking "they might start to wake up tomorrow" and therefore never being able to do what's best for them, instead of me. There was a certain point near the end where I had to put the book down to wipe the tears properly, they were too copious to just blink back and they just kept falling. I'm not a big fan of books that make me cry, so it was fortunate that the worst scene was towards the end. I'd read too much to say "I'm not reading anymore in case there's more crying", so I just wiped my eyes on my sleeves and kept reading. Glad I did. Three and a half stars, not four.


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Sep 05, 2014

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Mar 31, 2017

William (AKA Whiskey) and Charlie were identical twins and inseparable in their boyhood. It seemed to Charlie, though, the Whiskey was better at everything, and more popular, without really even trying. Everything came easy to him including beautiful women and career/financial success. A rift fueled by jealosy and resentment developed and grew until several years passed without their speaking to each other. Then Whiskey was hit by a car and stayed comatose for weeks, with dim chance of survival let alone recovery. Charlie began to see himself and his relationship with Whiskey more clearly during this time. Rosa, Whiskey's surprisingly down-to-earth plain-talking wife and Juliet, Whiskey's gorgeous ex-girlfriend who was attracted to Charlie's good heart and became his live-in girlfriend, persuaded Charlie to explore and confront his feelings about himself and about his brother (as well as about his previously unknown half-brother who showed up unexpectedly, to boot!) Whiskey did awaken from the coma and slo-o-only begin recovery, and love reigned amongst everyone.

It was a quick read, sort of in the YA vein. It tugged at my heartstrings but didn't affect me deeply or spark any insight.


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