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The Lovely Bones

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3.6 out of 5 stars
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Most helpful positive review
How do you describe in words a violation done against you that rips your soul from your body? How do you put yourself back together after your heart, body, and spirit have been ravaged? The answer - you don't. Susie Salmon is caught in between heaven and earth, and from there she shares with us her story. A story of how she was raped, murdered, and never to be found again. But more than just a story of brutal violence, The Lovely Bones is a story about letting go, of grief, of loss, and ultimately of the people we leave behind. The first chapter into the book, I knew this wasn't like any other story I have read. My stomach churned as the author describes how and where Susie is abducted and eventually murdered. She holds nothing back in the description and imagery so that you as the reader are left reeling in horror at the inhumanity and sheer evil that emanates from one single person. If the central focus of the story is to put a face on what evil looks like, I would have been left feeling hollow and scarred. But Alice Sebold goes on to weave a story from Susie's perspective about love and how that love keeps us anchored to earth. She paints a story about how a family is left to deal with the pieces and memories of a daughter who was torn away, and in the end understanding that however final death may feel, a part of her will always be found their everyday moments. I spent the first half of the book wandering and hoping that this guy, this monster would be found, caught and locked up until the end of his days, but by the end of the book, it was no longer about him, but about Susie and her relationship and love for the family she left behind. The journey of brokenness and healing in the end was front stage rather than the fate of the perpetrator. I will probably never read The Lovely Bones again, not for the lack of it being a good book, but rather the first time around is enough to haunt me forever.

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9781600248429
The critically acclaimed and commercially beloved novel about a young girl's murder in suburban Pennsylvania and her journey for justice from the afterlife.

Once in a generation a novel comes along that taps a vein of universal human experience, resonating with readers of all ages. THE LOVELY BONES is such a book -- a #1 bestseller celebrated at once for its artistry, for its luminous clarity of emotion, and for its astonishing power to lay claim to the hearts of millions of readers around the world.

"My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973."

So begins the story of Susie Salmon, who is adjusting to her new home in heaven, a place that is not at all what she expected, even as she is watching life on earth continue without her -- her friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her killer trying to cover his tracks, her grief-stricken family unraveling. Out of unspeakable tragedy and loss, THE LOVELY BONES succeeds, miraculously, in building a tale filled with hope, humor, suspense, even joy.


Specifications

Age Range
All Ages
Publisher
Hachette Audio
Book Format
Other
Original Languages
English
Author
Alice Sebold
ISBN-13
9781600248429
Publication Date
September, 2009
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
5.75 x 5.25 x 1.50 Inches
ISBN-10
160024842X

Customer Reviews

5 stars
126
4 stars
156
3 stars
113
2 stars
44
1 star
35
Most helpful positive review
5 customers found this helpful
How do you describe in...
How do you describe in words a violation done against you that rips your soul from your body? How do you put yourself back together after your heart, body, and spirit have been ravaged? The answer - you don't. Susie Salmon is caught in between heaven and earth, and from there she shares with us her story. A story of how she was raped, murdered, and never to be found again. But more than just a story of brutal violence, The Lovely Bones is a story about letting go, of grief, of loss, and ultimately of the people we leave behind. The first chapter into the book, I knew this wasn't like any other story I have read. My stomach churned as the author describes how and where Susie is abducted and eventually murdered. She holds nothing back in the description and imagery so that you as the reader are left reeling in horror at the inhumanity and sheer evil that emanates from one single person. If the central focus of the story is to put a face on what evil looks like, I would have been left feeling hollow and scarred. But Alice Sebold goes on to weave a story from Susie's perspective about love and how that love keeps us anchored to earth. She paints a story about how a family is left to deal with the pieces and memories of a daughter who was torn away, and in the end understanding that however final death may feel, a part of her will always be found their everyday moments. I spent the first half of the book wandering and hoping that this guy, this monster would be found, caught and locked up until the end of his days, but by the end of the book, it was no longer about him, but about Susie and her relationship and love for the family she left behind. The journey of brokenness and healing in the end was front stage rather than the fate of the perpetrator. I will probably never read The Lovely Bones again, not for the lack of it being a good book, but rather the first time around is enough to haunt me forever.
Most helpful negative review
3 customers found this helpful
This book was awful. ...
This book was awful. I regret every word and page that I read, especially when I think about the wonderful book that I'm reading now that I could have been reading then instead of the drivel that was "The Lovely Bones." The plot had WAY too many implausible holes in the story. I could have driven a chartered bus through some of those plot holes. I won't go into details, only because I don't like to post spoilers in reviews. The author also clearly didn't do her research on some points relevant to the plot. I don't necessarily expect my authors to become experts and be perfect, but when there are certain details on which the plot hinges, it would be nice if the author had a clue. The author's writing style really didn't do much for me, either. I constantly felt as if I was swimming in mud reading this. If Sebold was aiming for a slow, lyrical writing style, she overshot by far. This was muddled, messy, and mucky.
Most helpful positive review
5 customers found this helpful
How do you describe in...
How do you describe in words a violation done against you that rips your soul from your body? How do you put yourself back together after your heart, body, and spirit have been ravaged? The answer - you don't. Susie Salmon is caught in between heaven and earth, and from there she shares with us her story. A story of how she was raped, murdered, and never to be found again. But more than just a story of brutal violence, The Lovely Bones is a story about letting go, of grief, of loss, and ultimately of the people we leave behind. The first chapter into the book, I knew this wasn't like any other story I have read. My stomach churned as the author describes how and where Susie is abducted and eventually murdered. She holds nothing back in the description and imagery so that you as the reader are left reeling in horror at the inhumanity and sheer evil that emanates from one single person. If the central focus of the story is to put a face on what evil looks like, I would have been left feeling hollow and scarred. But Alice Sebold goes on to weave a story from Susie's perspective about love and how that love keeps us anchored to earth. She paints a story about how a family is left to deal with the pieces and memories of a daughter who was torn away, and in the end understanding that however final death may feel, a part of her will always be found their everyday moments. I spent the first half of the book wandering and hoping that this guy, this monster would be found, caught and locked up until the end of his days, but by the end of the book, it was no longer about him, but about Susie and her relationship and love for the family she left behind. The journey of brokenness and healing in the end was front stage rather than the fate of the perpetrator. I will probably never read The Lovely Bones again, not for the lack of it being a good book, but rather the first time around is enough to haunt me forever.
Most helpful negative review
3 customers found this helpful
This book was awful. ...
This book was awful. I regret every word and page that I read, especially when I think about the wonderful book that I'm reading now that I could have been reading then instead of the drivel that was "The Lovely Bones." The plot had WAY too many implausible holes in the story. I could have driven a chartered bus through some of those plot holes. I won't go into details, only because I don't like to post spoilers in reviews. The author also clearly didn't do her research on some points relevant to the plot. I don't necessarily expect my authors to become experts and be perfect, but when there are certain details on which the plot hinges, it would be nice if the author had a clue. The author's writing style really didn't do much for me, either. I constantly felt as if I was swimming in mud reading this. If Sebold was aiming for a slow, lyrical writing style, she overshot by far. This was muddled, messy, and mucky.
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How do you describe in...

How do you describe in words a violation done against you that rips your soul from your body? How do you put yourself back together after your heart, body, and spirit have been ravaged? The answer - you don't. Susie Salmon is caught in between heaven and earth, and from there she shares with us her story. A story of how she was raped, murdered, and never to be found again. But more than just a story of brutal violence, The Lovely Bones is a story about letting go, of grief, of loss, and ultimately of the people we leave behind. The first chapter into the book, I knew this wasn't like any other story I have read. My stomach churned as the author describes how and where Susie is abducted and eventually murdered. She holds nothing back in the description and imagery so that you as the reader are left reeling in horror at the inhumanity and sheer evil that emanates from one single person. If the central focus of the story is to put a face on what evil looks like, I would have been left feeling hollow and scarred. But Alice Sebold goes on to weave a story from Susie's perspective about love and how that love keeps us anchored to earth. She paints a story about how a family is left to deal with the pieces and memories of a daughter who was torn away, and in the end understanding that however final death may feel, a part of her will always be found their everyday moments. I spent the first half of the book wandering and hoping that this guy, this monster would be found, caught and locked up until the end of his days, but by the end of the book, it was no longer about him, but about Susie and her relationship and love for the family she left behind. The journey of brokenness and healing in the end was front stage rather than the fate of the perpetrator. I will probably never read The Lovely Bones again, not for the lack of it being a good book, but rather the first time around is enough to haunt me forever.

I avoided reading this...

I avoided reading this book for years because of it's subject matter. A 14 year old girl is raped and murdered in an underground bunker in a cornfield near her home. She is the narrator of the story. A little over a year ago I watched the film based on the book. It's a beautiful, imaginative film about love and grief. I decided then that I would read the book. I didn't like the book as much as the movie, but, it was still pretty good, except the ending. This is the story of a murdered girl who watches her family and friends process losing her. It is the story of how her family, particularly her father and sister, deal with their grief and move on, or not.

Rarely do you get to r...

Rarely do you get to read a book where the protagonist is dead and looking down on the life she has just left, but that's just what happens in the Lovely Bones. As I read this book I was transported to 1973 which was my 14th year -- the same year that Susie Salmon is raped and killed. There were so many descriptions of the time that I felt like I was 14 again. As Susie looks down on her grieving family she wants them to discover that their neighbor is the one who murdered her. The story is sweet and heartfelt, but at the same time it's creepy and unnerving. In a couple of parts Sebold gets way out there when Susie's desire to be alive again is so powerful that she actually transports herself back into another body. The story is unreal and bizarre in some parts, but it's not completely unbelieveable. Isn't there a small part of us that would like to look down on our family after we've gone and see how they're coping? If we were murdered, wouldn't we want to expose the guy?

I absolutely LOVED thi...

I absolutely LOVED this book. The writing is superb, especially considering the topic. So well planned, so thoughtful, so intelligently written - very impressive.I thought it would be depressing, or sad, but it absolutely was not..at all. Sure I cried, because it was so touching and emotional - but not depressing.I sincerely hope Alice Sebold's view of heaven and the relationship of souls with those left on earth is at least partially true. I could identify strongly with it, having experienced some of it after my beloved Mother died.This book is a treasure.

I absolutely LOVED thi...

I absolutely LOVED this book. The writing is superb, especially considering the topic. So well planned, so thoughtful, so intelligently written - very impressive.I thought it would be depressing, or sad, but it absolutely was not..at all. Sure I cried, because it was so touching and emotional - but not depressing.I sincerely hope Alice Sebold's view of heaven and the relationship of souls with those left on earth is at least partially true. I could identify strongly with it, having experienced some of it after my beloved Mother died.This book is a treasure.

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