Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Review: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold is a book that caught my attention back in 2002 when it was released. At the time, although I was interested I couldn't fathom reading this book. It just seemed too unfair what happened to Susie Salmon, the main character. Yet, this book carried a lot of interest for me. I wondered how the author could write a book about a girl who gets brutally raped and murdered on her way home from school and yet keep her in the book as the main character despite her death.

Author Alice Sebold did an amazing job with this. Susie Salmon goes on to her "heaven" which does sound heavenly. Her family and friends are left to deal with her death. Each person handles her death differently and it's the interactions of the friends and family members that keep the book interesting.

From Heaven, Susie looks in on both her loved ones and her killer. Although this is not a *must read* in my opinion, it was a short read. Despite it's horrific beginning, the pieces come together at the end in a nice, happy way.

I look forward to renting the movie soon, which was released to DVD on April 20, 2010.

Excerpt can be read here:

DVD Trailer:


Teacher/Learner said...

Amazing book! Have you seen the movie? I haven't yet, but plan to soon, though I imagine (as I felt about The Time Traveler's Wife) that it is not going to live up to the novel.

A Writer's Pen said...

Yes, I did see the movie. The casting was exceptional. I loved the way the 1970's were portrayed in the movie. I would definitely recommend reading the book first though.

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