Monday, September 6, 2010

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

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The Lovely Bones
In The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold, Susie Salmon is murdered. However, the reader is able to see Susie's perspective of the afterlife. Susie describes the mysterious place she finds herself living in and watches over her family. Her father attempts to solve the murder case with little support from others. And everyone tries to heal and cope with the grief.
 There was nothing "lovely" about The Lovely Bones. I thought it was boring and very depressing. It was supposed to be an amazing story about a girl helping her father solve her murder case from beyond the grave. It was supposed to be uplifting and thought-provoking. But I just thought it was a big downer. I just didn't understand it and it wasn't what I expected. Thousands of people love the book but it just wasn't what I was expecting. I took me forever to get through this book and I had to push myself just to get to the end. I give The Lovely Bones a big Thumbs Down.

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  1. ok i have watched the film and that was very depressing at times it sounds like the book is the same as the film. really like your honest review :)

  2. annmarie . . . I havent seen the movie and I probably won't. I think I misunderstood the book because I heard the actress that plays Susie say that it is really an uplifting/inspiring story.

  3. I didn't enjoy the film a lot because I felt the climax wasn't giving very good closure. However I really enjoyed the book (which I read after). By that time I had learned that the book is not about finding justice and closure for Susie's murder, but simply snapshots about how her family move on and cope from her disappearance. Once I realised the book was not about what I thought it was about, it was a lot more enjoyable.

  4. I wouldn't call it uplifting or inspiring, but I liked the book a lot. I thought it was just a bittersweet novel and took it as such. Maybe I wasn't disappointed because I wasn't expecting anything profound.

    I thought Sebold did a good job of writing simply and charmingly, like the young girl she was trying to portray.