Apr 30, 2011

#56 - "The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold

Title: The Lovely Bones
Author: Alice Sebold

My name was Salmon, like the fish, first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. My murderer was a man from our neighborhood. My mother liked his border flowers, and my father talked to him once about fertilizer'
This is Susie Salmon, speaking to us from heaven. It looks a lot like her school playground, with the good kind of swing sets. There are counsellors to help newcomers to adjust, and friends to room with. Everything she wants appears as soon as she thinks of it - except the thing she wants most: to be back with the people she loved on earth.
From heaven, Susie watches. She sees her happy suburban family implode after her death, as each member tries to come to terms with the terrible loss. Over the years, her friends and siblings grow up, fall in love, do all the things she never had the chance to do herself. But life is not quite finished with Susie yet.
The Lovely Bones is a luminous and astonishing novel about life and death, forgiveness and vengeance, memory and forgetting. It is, above all, a novel which finds light in the darkest of places, and shows how even when that light seems to be utterly extinguished, it is still there, waiting to be rekindled.

My rating: 3 of 5

My thoughts on the book:
I first watched the movie & I loved it, so of course I wanted to read the book, too! I thought if the movie was great, probably the book is amazing, but I was wrong! I didn't have high expectations, because I've heard that some people disliked it & couldn't even finish it, but I still wanted to read it & I didn't expect so depressing book! I knew it will probably be sad book, but it was just too sad, but not what I call beautiful sad (like The Book Thief) but depressing sad. Overall, I liked the book. Some parts I liked it, some parts I loved it & some parts I strongly disliked it, even hated. The parts I enjoyed the most were Ruth's parts. I can't really not-recommend or recommend this book, unless you want depressing books. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good, overall it's ok book. Although I'll have to watch the movie again, I think The Lovely Bones is one of the few cases when the movie is much better than the book!



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