The Lovely Bones
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Once in a generation a novel comes along that taps a vein of universal human experience, resonating with readers of all ages. The Lovely Bones is such a book - a phenomenal #1 bestseller celebrated at once for its narrative artistry, its luminous clarity of emotion, and its astoniishing power to lay claim to the hearts of millions of readers around the world.
"My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973."
So begins the story of Susie Salmon, who is adjusting to her new home in heaven, a place that is not at all what she expected, even as she is watching life on eath continue without her - her friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her killer trying to cover his tracks, her grief-stricken family unraveling.
Out of unspeakable traged and loss, The Lovely Bones succeeds, miraculously, in building a tale filled with hope, humor, suspense, even joy
"A stunning achievement." -The New Yorker
"Deeply affecting. . . . A keenly observed portrait of familial love and how it endures and changes over time." -New York Times
"A triumphant novel. . . . It's a knockout." -Time
"Destined to become a classic in the vein of To Kill a Mockingbird. . . . I loved it." -Anna Quindlen
"A novel that is painfully fine and accomplished." -Los Angeles Times
"The Lovely Bones seems to be saying there are more important things in life on earth than retribution. Like forgiveness, like love." -Chicago Tribune
From Publishers Weekly
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Beautiful,heartfelt and sad at the same time
I read this book in 2002 when it came out. I was either 17 or 18 at the time but I love the book. I enjoyed the movie just as much. As a parent now of a two year old son this story hits home especially thinking of all the perverted people in this world that could bring harm to your child(ren). This book was well written and I have been a fan of Alice Sebold ever since I read,The Lovely Bones. As a teen girl at the time I understood how one could be easily lured in to a trap. My heart goes out to all parents of any missing child.
Only read if you can handle the beginning
I read the first chapter of the book and could barely get through it! Its really disturbing (let's just say it goes into detail about all the things that her killer does to her before she dies). I'm 15 and I guess I'm too young to handle a book like this. So I would only recommend this book to people over 17 .
Beautiful to read
What should be a very depressing topic was so beautiful to read that I couldn't put it down. If you have seen the movie, it is absolutely nothing like the book... Read the book for the real full story... It has so much more to offer than the movie.