I was pretty excited about reading this book as a couple of friends had told me that it was one of their favorites. The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold, felt like it was a very quick read but only because the story line drew me in and I couldn’t put the book down. The story starts out by telling, from her perspective, of how Susie Salmon is raped and killed. It’s definitely a shocking intro to the story but it is effective in how quickly you are wrapped up in it and the main character’s tragic death. The story that follows after Susie’s death is how her family and friends respond to her death and it’s told from her point of view looking down from heaven. I was fascinated with the author’s interpretation of heaven. I thought it was interesting that each person had their own heaven and that they could overlap so that they would interact with one other. But still, they could be in an area of their heaven that no one else could access. And then beyond that, there was a level of heaven that you only accessed once you were done watching people on earth? I’m not sure if I understood that correctly, but that was my interpretation of what the author was saying. But altogether, it was interesting to read how she visualized heaven. There was one point towards the end of the story that I thought felt out of place and unnecessary and it has to do with her relationship with Ray and Ruth. You’ll know it when you read it (if you read it). Ray and Ruth are two ‘outsiders’ that both hold Susie in a special place in their hearts. Ray was Susie’s first love and first kiss and Ruth feels inexplicably drawn to the spirit world after Susie’s death. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone that is not afraid of reading a book that is very candid, up front and doesn’t hold back on the shock factor (although it’s worth noting that it’s not terribly graphic or explicit). 8.5/10
Book Club:: Lovely Bones
This entry was written by Elizabeth, posted on February 11, 2009 at 7:45 am, filed under Book, Reviews and tagged Alice Sebold, Book, book, book club, Books, The Lovely Bones. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post. Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.