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REVIEW: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Lovely Bones

Alice Sebold

Kindle Edition

Goodreads Synopsis: 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, the author narrates the THE LOVELY BONES through the eyes of her winning young heroine. This story of seemingly unbearable tragedy is transformed into a suspenseful and touching story about family, memory, love, heaven, and living.

I had heard differing opinions on this book and knew there had been a movie made.  I knew Mark Wahlberg was in it.  Haha

It was interesting to see the story from the point of view of the murdered girl.  If it were me, I would get so frustrated at not being able to get in touch with my family and help them figure out who killed me. For the most part, the characters were quite believable.  They all handled their grief in different ways.  I got really frustrated with Susie’s mom, Abigail, though.  I understand that it was probably a way of expressing her grief, but through Susie’s narration, especially of the time when she took her mom’s pictures, I felt that perhaps Abigail was never completely happy in the family life that she had.  So when Susie was killed, she was able to use it as a way out.  That frustrated me.

I really liked all the other characters, though…except of course, Mr. Harvey.

I was pretty disappointed in the ending.  I assumed there would be some type of closure in the case itself.  The family finally gained their closure and came to terms with the loss of Susie (by the end of the 8 years had passed) but I still felt that there was unfinished business.  And Mr. Harvey’s demise was way less than satisfactory.

Overall it was a decent read.  There were a few points I was disappointed with, but all in all I moved through it pretty quickly.  Some parts were better than others.  Though, there were times were I kept expecting something to happen and nothing did.  That’s no issue, really, because I didn’t want to see anymore bad things happen, of course.


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