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The Lovely Bones (book)

334 Ratings: 2.6
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)
70 reviews about The Lovely Bones (book)
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
Good reading!
review by . October 13, 2009
The Lovely Bones
I have had this book on my shelf for years. I am not sure why I did not pick it up before now except for no time to read and when I did find those few precious moments, I always seemed another book ended up in my hands. With the release of the movie, the urging of my daughter and the extra reading time, I was able to give this book some attention. I was not disappointed.  The narrator is Susie Salmon speaking as she wanders around heaven looking down upon her family, friends and her murderer. …
Quick Tip by . June 04, 2010
I'm still not sure how I felt about this book, but the fact that I'm still thinking about it and trying to decide has got to mean something.
Quick Tip by . June 03, 2010
An excellent work of modern literature that examines the viewpoint of a deceased teenage girl and the viewpoints of those she left behind.
Quick Tip by . June 03, 2010
Engrossing!
review by . April 09, 2010
This was third time reading this book. Once on my own and twice now for a book club. I remember really liking it the first time I read it, but perhaps because it does tend to drag on a bit in the middle, the last two times haven't been as enjoyable. The writing is really outstanding this book, the author brings you along for the story. It feels like she's not telling you the story, but letting the story tell itself.    As I mentioned, the middle of the book drags a bit, the story …
review by . February 24, 2010
I had come across "The Lovely Bones" in my local Borders bookstore a few years ago. I started reading it back then, and I really liked what I read. It's a story of a young girl who is raped and killed by a sexual predator/ serial killer, as told from the dead girl's perspective. This was a very unusual and interesting premise, with a lot of potential for a very original and imaginative novel. At the time I did not continue reading the book, but when the movie based on it came out earlier this year …
Quick Tip by . February 21, 2010
Flashback within flashback; the creation of a life that Susie Salmon could have had; a story of grief and acceptance.
review by . November 14, 2009
Susie was murdered when she was fourteen years old. She's getting used to life in heaven while watching what's going on in the lives of the living.    I cannot believe how wonderful this is! If you only read one book or listen to one audiobook this year, it should be this one.
review by . November 29, 2008
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
New and interesting look at death, told by a young girl who is murdered by her neighbor, and ethereally hangs around afterward to watch after her parents and friends. Unable to communicate, she watches as they suffer the after effects of loosing her, and watches as her killer goes unpunished. We follow Susie, as she follows them, and tells us of her regrets, things she wishes she had done in life, and what she wishes for her parents and friends in their lives without her. Only four stars instead …
review by . September 19, 2008
I was given this book by a friend to read not long after it was released and because of certain events in my life it was a very difficult read to say the least. It took me over a month to finish it, but once I did I told my friend she wasn't getting it back. It was passed around a group of friends and family and everyone had their chance to read it. I appreciate Alice Sebold attempting to write a book with such a difficult story and doing an wonderful job in the process.
review by . April 17, 2007
It is strange, to find a book like this. Heartbreaking, yet uplifting. Deeply disturbing, yet compelling. Sad, and yet joyous at the same time.    This is the story of Susie Salmon, 14, who is tragically raped and murdered on her way home from school as the book opens. The rest of the book is about how she looks on after her death, and observes (and in some ways, still can affect) how those around her deal with her absence. Her parents, her sister, her little brother who was …
review by . September 08, 2006
Lovely Bones might forever be a mystery to me, as I remember new facts and reach deeper conclusions of life itself, days after reading it. The story is told softly and eloquently through Susie, unusual first-person narration from heaven since her death and rape at a tender age of fourteen. She peaks down and stands guard like a sentinel watching down on her family that gets lost in despair and grief from the moment she went missing. The loss of a child, a life altering experience for the parents, …
review by . May 12, 2005
I usually pass hyped books; yet, a friend had recommended The Lovely Bones, so I ventured into Susie's world of heaven and earth. Susie's experience mirrors my own childhood idea of journey from life to death. The concept of wanting to comfort those you love, while you have absolutely no ability to do so. Though the story moves along quickly enough, the murderer was uninterestingly obvious.
review by . October 23, 2003
Intrigued by the unique first person perspective of one's murder seen after the fact, a relevant topic, along with several recommendations with several warnings that the ending may disappoint, I decided to pick up this popular novel. Indeed, the lead pulls the reader in immediately. It is a page turner, quickly read and digested. I can understand the book's general popularity, for reasons already stated, as well as the reasons for the warnings of a disappointment at the finish line. I would add …
review by . March 09, 2003
This book is so many things packed into one: lovely, thought-provoking, anger-stirring, frustrating, funny, sad, melancholy, hopeful, helpless, silly, deep and so on.It shoots for greatness, and in my opinion, it falls short. But only a little short. The subject matter seems like it would be repellant. Who wants to read about a raped and murdered 14 year old girl who watches her family go through the incredibly painful grieving process that transforms them all? There's a nice read for the beach, …
review by . October 28, 2002
The theme of a dead girl looking down on her family and friends isn't a new one, for so did Emily in "Our Town", a play that Sebold even mentions in Lovely Bones. Sebold reworks the subject by having the girl, Susie Salmon, the victim of a violent crime that remains unsolved. From Susie's unique perspective in a heaven "where nothing changes and everything is like yesterday", Susie looks down upon her family. She watches the anguish of each family member, as they search for ways to deal with their …
review by . August 02, 2002
I remember the first time I read "To Kill A Mockingbird", and felt that, somehow, this was a special work and would be around literary circles for a long time. Now it's a modern American classic, and I felt the same way when I read this book. It's simply a wonderful story to read, and I feel that it is destined to be shortlisted for the Pulitzer in Fiction. The writing and character development are first rate, and the plot moves you along at a perfect pace. At times you cry, at times you laugh, …
review by . July 24, 2002
The Lovely Bones is a wonderfully well written and thoughtful book from beginning to end. It is about how the murder of a 14 year old girl named Susie Salmon changes the lives of her family and friends. This book has an interesting premise that people in heaven still long for things on earth. Each character is affected by her death greatly. Susie watches the lives of the people she loves from heaven. She watches her friends and siblings grow up. I loved reading about the romantic relationship between …
review by . July 21, 2002
Every year, usually in summer, there seems to appear a much heralded new book that everyone rushes to gush over and buy and it becomes a best seller and seems bound for the movies. This summer's quirky winner is Alice Sebold's THE LOVELY BONES and while it rolls around the country gathering admirers it raises the question of "What will the book be a year from now?" Sebold writes well and knows how to maintian interest in her characters, yet I think the main reason this little book is raising attentive …
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