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Alice Sebold's haunting and heartbreaking debut novel, The Lovely Bones, unfolds from heaven, where "life is a perpetual yesterday" and where Susie narrates and keeps watch over her grieving family and friends, as well as her brazen killer and the sad detective working on her case. As Sebold fashions it, everyone has his or her own version of heaven. Susie's resembles the athletic fields and landscape of a suburban high school: a heaven of her "simplest dreams," where "there were no teachers.... We never had to go inside except for art class.... The boys did not pinch our backsides or tell us we smelled; our textbooks were Seventeen and Glamour and Vogue."
The Lovely Bones works as an odd yet affecting coming-of-age story. Susie struggles to accept her death while still clinging to the edge of the living, always attached to her lost world, following her family's dramas over the years as if watching an episode of My So-Called Afterlife. Her family disintegrates in their grief: her father becomes determined to find her killer, her mother withdraws, her little brother Buckley attempts to make sense of the new hole in his family, and her younger sister Lindsey moves through the milestone events of her teenage and young adult years with Susie riding spiritual shotgun. Random acts and missed opportunities run throughout the book--Susie recalls her sole kiss with a boy on Earth as "like an accident--a beautiful gasoline rainbow." Though sentimental at times, The Lovely Bones is a moving exploration of loss and mourning that ultimately puts its faith in the living and that is made even more powerful by a cast of convincing characters. Sebold orchestrates a big finish, and though things tend to wrap up a little too well for everyone in the end, one can only imagine (or hope) that heaven is indeed a place filled with such happy endings. --Brad Thomas Parsons --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This was a good read, but not worthy of the hype, in my humble opinion. From reading other reviews, I guess my expectations were set a little high. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stephanie V Carson
The author wrote about the murder of the young girl as if it were a fantasy, then later romanticized teen sex and possession to have more teen sex.Published 3 months ago by Anna
I hated this book and I'm mad at myself for having read the whole thing. What a waste of my time!Published 8 months ago by Brandy
I totally enjoyed this book. It's an old story but told from the victim's point of view. Interesting and unnerving at times, but genuine. Enjoyed it very much.Published 12 months ago by Christine
A deeply moving story about a young woman's terrible murder. Her family and boyfriend's lives are forever changed by their loss and by their unique responses to the tragedy. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Eleanor Cowan
I purchased a used book, expected to see a lightly battered book, would have been thrilled to get it any old way at that great price........I wanted it so much...... Read morePublished 13 months ago by diane desjardins
This is good winter reading. Interesting and believable characters who each learn to deal with their grief in their own inperfect way.Published 16 months ago by Ally