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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 lost world of the living, following her family's dramas over the years. 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, Amazon.com --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
I hated this book and I'm mad at myself for having read the whole thing. What a waste of my time!Published 4 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 8 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 9 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 9 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 12 months ago by Ally
needed it for daughter. she loved it . it was an essay in high school. she thought it was a little disturbing at the beginning but then enjoyed itPublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
I saw the movie first and then read the book. I loved both of them. It's a good, bittersweet read...from start to finish.Published 14 months ago by Phoebe Buffay