Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

I'm going to be completely honest and just say that I really DIDN'T like this book. At the beginning it had me, It was interesting to me to read about how she couldn't rest until her murder was captured, and about the "in-between." It sort of reminded me of the movie What Dreams May Come with Robin Williams, but then the book started to drag on and then it just got plain WEIRD! The neighbor that killed Susie (Don't worry, I didn't ruin anything for you. That's what the story is about.) was a total creepster, and I felt that there really wasn't any justice done for Susie. Some may disagree, but that is my opinion.
I hated Susie's mom for being so selfish. I know people grieve in their own ways, but she was just a stupid slore. I would definitely slap her. And I felt really bad for her dad. I can't imagine what it must be like to lose a child and then have to deal with his selfish wife.
I just didn't have a connection to this book. I couldn't wait to finish reading, just so I could start a better book. I actually let Christina borrow it, and if she is willing to trade for another book, preferably the Time Travelers Wife (review coming soon), I would gladly take her up on the offer.
I haven't seen the movie yet, I've heard mixed reviews, but I'm sure if I didn't like the book, the movie wasn't going to make it any better, so I'll just watch it when it's HBO and I can watch it for free :)


Almost everyone I know didn’t like this book, and I’m not sure why? It isn’t your normal book, set in the earth we know, which makes it even cooler.

Susie Salmon, the main character, is raped and murdered by her CREEPY ASS next door neighbor. The whole book is about Suzie’s after life and how she watches over her family, friends, and even her creepy killer!

Some may not like this book because it does not have a happy ending, and it is basically extremely depressing, but I find that certain parts of the book makes up for the sadness.

My favorite part of the book is how Susie is not bitter or upset about what happened to her. If I was raped and killed, you better believe I would be pissed and I would try my hardest to get back to earth and chop the guys you-know-what off! Susie on the other hand, is content in her own heaven and comes to peace with the cards she was dealt.

I would recommend this book for both guys and girls, over the age of 18. I think its too depressing to read if you are any younger. It is definitely a page turner, and many parts keep you at the edge of your seat. Can’t wait to see the movie!

Ps: There is so much more I want to say about this book , so if your someone who HATED it, please comment so we can talk about it!



  1. I DO agree with the fact that her mom was selfish

  2. ok first and foremost I am not a fan of this book. I will concurr with Mimi in that there was no justice for Susie in the end. Now that may also be one of the underlying factors in why i didnt like the book (there are a few others). My thing with novels is this: there doesnt necessarily have to be a happy ending (although i do gravitate more to that genre) but there atleast needs to be justification, redemption, Kahrma, SOMETHING that led me to beleive that i didnt just go through the last 200-something pages just to say UGH at the last paragraph.
    Also i felt that the lovely bones = way disturbing, too much for my taste.(again i lean towards cheesy easy to follow plots but still!)I was repulsed by the discription of the murder and how anxiously close the father way all along. It was just frustrating, not suspensful. Thats my opinion and im sticking to it... now to go and comment/rant on your Twilight opnions

  3. hahaahaha claudetta you made me laugh...I know, it sucks about the ending, and yeah it is gross how they describe it, but after reading it I learned not to follow strangers lol