Title: The Lovely Bones
Author: Alice Sebold
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Date Published: June 1, 2002
Genre(s): Young Adult, Paranormal, Mystery
Book Cover Summary:
When we first meet 14-year-old Susie Salmon, she is already in Heaven. This was before milk carton photos and public service announcements, she tells us; back in 1973, when Susie mysteriously disappeared, people still believed these things didn’t happen. In the sweet, untroubled voice of a precocious teenage girl, Susie relates the awful events of her death and her own adjustment to the strange new place she finds herself. It looks a lot like her school playground, with the good kind of swing sets. With love, longing, and a growing understanding, Susie watches her family as they cope with their grief, her father embarks on a search for the killer, her sister undertakes a feat of amazing daring, her little brother builds a fort in her honor and begin the difficult process of healing. In the hands of a brilliant novelist, this story of seemingly unbearable tragedy is transformed into a suspenseful and touching story about family, memory, love, Heaven, and living.
This was just terrible…
I picked up this book because I heard about the movie and wanted to read the book first. From the movie previews, I assumed it would be really cool in that she would be helping her dad to solve her murder.
Not at all.
This book as no plot whatsoever. It kind of has a plot for a second here and there where you think that maybe it’ll be trying to solve her murder, and then later on, catch her murderer.
But no, this is literally a bunch of mumble jumble. It has no where to go and just ends because it ended. Very strange and not a fan.
I gave it the extra star because it did keep me wondering if it was going anywhere so it was pretty easy to read and finish, I didn’t drag through it like some books.
But overall, this was really a waste of time. Nothing was resolved.
On another note – being a Christian – I think that the portray of heaven was just really sad. We get whatever EARTHLY things we want? That’s not what heaven is about, come on. I kind of believe that those in heaven can look down on us, but I don’t think that the people in heaven can make flowers grow and prevent people from dying. Only God can do that. I just wanted to put that out there that the view of heaven is just pathetic and really very sad if that’s what you think heaven will be.
Also, I think that the beginning part where she is raped could have just been a little less detailed. I don’t really want to know the details, it’s really disturbing. They could have cut away and then we would have known, and assumed what happened, without it getting into like that.
But oh well, this was bad. I don’t recommend it at all. Total waste of time…
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