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The Lovely Bones (book)

264 Ratings: 2.7
A book by Alice Sebold.

The Lovely Bones is a 2002 novel by Alice Sebold. It is the story of a teenage girl who, after being murdered, watches from heaven as her family and friends go on with their lives, while she herself comes to terms with her own death. The novel received … see full wiki

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Author: Alice Sebold
Genre: Drama, Light Horror, Supernatural Fiction, Life After Death
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (June 2002)
Date Published: (June 2002)
61 reviews about The Lovely Bones (book)
review by . July 14, 2010
The Lovely Bones, by author Alice Sebold, came out in 2002 but it wasn’t until this past winter that I picked up a copy to read. I knew that a movie version of the book was due out in January 2010, and call me masochist if you will, but I am big on comparing a best-selling novel to its over-hyped theatrical offspring. This book is one of obvious discomfort, from its very first few pages with the grisly murder of young Susie Salmon, a teenager living in a small Pennsylvania town. The …
Quick Tip by . June 18, 2011
This is a book that I've been wanting to re-read for a long time. From what I recall, it was haunting, moving, and engaging. I read it quickly, and to some degree, I regret that fact because there are many details that I can't remember. I recommend people pass on the film and read the book instead. It's guaranteed to be 100x better.
review by . August 05, 2010
   I read this when it was fairly new and didn't know much about it. It turned out to be one of my all-time favorite novels. In my opinion, the film did not do the beautiful writing or the story line justice.      You know right away that the protagonist, Susie Salmon, is dead and telling the story from Heaven. You quickly learn that she was molested and killed, snatched on her way home from school. The book evolves with two sub-plots: One, her father's search …
review by . July 14, 2010
I admit I was hesitant to read this book as it clearly states teh death of the main character from the start. The book kept my interest throughout and I was unable at some points to put it down. The emotional factor of the book was up and down. It left me depressed in places and happy in others. I did especially love Susie's interpretation of heaven.     I would recommend this book to anyone that was interested in a thought provoking short novel. It is not a large …
review by . July 07, 2010
In 2002, Alice Sebold published The Lovely Bones.  And when she did it didn't actually take off immediately.  It was a book that slowly grew to have a large audience.  The book didn't actually take off and become ridiculously popular until a year or two (if even that) after it's publication.  The Lovely Bones has a reputation for being one of the most shocking books out there.  It begins tragically and terribly but ends on a fairly uplifting and happy note.  …
review by . July 02, 2010
           My emotions were crazy reading this book! I went from Happy to sad to mad to happy to scared for my own daughters! I hate that there really are sick people out there like this.      I would recommend this book to absolutely anyone. Especially girls. It's scary but I think it's important young girls know how easily these things can happen. I made my older daughter read this book, then when the movie came out I watched it …
review by . July 09, 2010
Absolutely Artistic
This is a story told by a 14 year old girl named Susie who was murdered during her short life. She speaks about how her Heaven looks to her and how she can still look down on earth at her family. She sees how everyone deals with her loss, and how her murderer's thought out plan to kill her wasn't his first. She sees that he has killed many young girls. Her father becomes obsessed with finding her killer, and her mother ends up dealing with Su …
review by . August 29, 2010
When the movie came out for The Lovely Bones, I started hearing about how good it was. I bought the book and once I began carrying it around, many more people told me how good it was. Half way through I stated it was one of the worst books I'd read recently. After finishing it, my statement remains true.      This book portrays Susie Salmon and her heaven as depressing. For years she stays up there watching her family fall apart, her friends grow up, and dreams of a boy's …
review by . July 02, 2010
For years my friends have been telling me to read this book, but the way they described it never seemed to entice me: "It's about this girl, who gets murdered, but she can still see her family and she's telling you about them." However, from the very first line, Alice Sebold had me reading. I couldn't stop, and I found myself trying to shout and warn Suzie or Lindsey every time something bad was about to happen. When we find out the horrible crimes that George Harvey commits, …
review by . June 16, 2010
A story about a young girl with so much left that she hasn't yet experienced whose life is ended suddenly and tragically by the desire and mania of one misunderstood man in her neighborhood and the family she leaves behind trying to grapple with their loss and inability to solve her murder / disappearance. When I first started reading I thought it might be another story about teenage heartbreak and school woes. Until the major incident that the whole story revolves around happened. The characters …
review by . August 03, 2010
I really enjoyed this book--- much more so than the movie.  The author does a good job of pulling you in, but it was tremendously difficult to read the chapter where Susie is murdered.  The character development is rich and full, which is more than I can say about the movie.
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
I started this book but ended up putting it down after a few pages. I thought it was just oo sad!
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
This book has a very slow beginning but if you hang with it, it is a decent read.
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
Not a great book or movie. Just a little creepy. I wasn't gripped.
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
I own this book, and i admire the depth the author gives to describe the ongoing lives of Susie's family and friends.
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
very very sad book, nearly made me cry in the first chapter. alice sebold is genius, yet disgusting. the after life for this little girl isnt the one we would want to imagine for a little girl who just was raped and murdered. but if she just went to heaven or something it wouldnt make it an interesting and movie worth story now would it?
Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
A professor asked me to give the book a try and handed me her copy. The book didn't leave my side until it was over. It's a truly gripping story that has you hoping for the best.
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
This book opens with a disturbing scene, so be prepared. But it's an interesting story about a family coping with the murder of a young girl.
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
Heartbreaking and wonderfully voiced.
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
the movie is better
Quick Tip by . June 28, 2010
Interesting book - have not seen the movie yet, but it will be interesting to see how they transfer it from the written word to the screen
Quick Tip by . June 28, 2010
sad story but oh so very well written kept me glued to the couch all day getting it read - good rainy day book
Quick Tip by . June 26, 2010
Very good read. Hard to keep your emotions in check. As a parent or anyone who loves a child this is a nightmare. Not sure if I want to see the movie because the book was so good and also it was almost more than I could take reading about this family I'm not sure I could watch it all going on on the big screen.
Quick Tip by . June 25, 2010
The Lovely Bones is a haunting tale told colorfully, and if you can suspend your disbelief in the afterlife scenes, not so bad. If you have voyeurism issues, probably not the book for you.
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