Title: The Lovely Bones
Author(s): Alice Seabold
Publisher: Little Brown and company
Reading Level: Adult (rape and murder scene)
Cover Rating: 3.5
Summary: Susie Salmon was raped and murdered at age fourteen in suburban Pennsylvania. She tells the story of her family's reaction and later breakdown after her own murder. Susie's father Jack thinks the neighbor, Mr. Harvey did it but the police do not have evidence to hold him as a suspect. During the investigation the family finds out that Susie's mother is having a short affair with the detective on the case. In heaven, Susie does not want to let her family and friends go. She watching Lindsey (sister) doing everything that she would have done if she had remained alive.Mr. Harvey finally leaves the neighborhood for good, but before that Lindsey breaks into his house to search for evidence. Mr. Harvey is a creeper, he watches Lindsey's number five on the back of her soccer jersey while she runs; becoming obsessed by the vision of her running from his house letting the truth out. Soon his past begins to haunt him.Ruth, a girl who barely knows Susie in life, is fixated on Susie and death. Ruth sees places where people have died and feels Susie as she was being taken from the earth. Ruth and Ray Singh, a boy Susie loved, become friends and develop a relationship based on their love of Susie.Later the mom leaves the family. She ends up in California after she promises Lindsey that she will not leave. Grandma Lynn takes mom's place, watching over Buckley(brother) and Lindsey. Lindsey soon has a boyfriend who end up going to college together.The dad can't move on from his daughter's death, leading into having a heart attack. While Jack is in the hospital, Abigail(mom) returns from California to be with her family. She sees her Susie everywhere, as do Jack and Buckley.Susie towards the end of the book falls back to Earth into Ruth Connors' body. In Ruth's body, Susie fulfills her her desires with Ray. Soon Susie fades away to a different heaven, a wider heaven where her grandfather lives.Abigail and Jack come home from the hospital, and the anger the children feel toward their mother begins to fade. Mom decides she will stay, but she does not make any promises to Lindsey.Over time Susie watches, and she begins to let go of her family so they can move on. Not to far after Susie sees her killer dies, and her sister Lindsey's baby girl is born.
My Review: What can i say about this book?
It is rare that you find a book completely and utterly honest and compelling. That can tap into the veins of millions of readers and find a place to rest in each ones heart.
The Lovely Bones is one of those books that will stay with you for years.
It jumps right into the goar in chapter 1. Even those of us with the hardest backbone will feel tears and jump at the smallest noise.
I think what makes this book so unique, is the way it deals with human emotion, the way it deals with family, and the passage of time.
I was so enthralled, so drawn in by this book at times it knocked the air right out of me and left me breaking down in tears.
Letting go, moving o seems to be the theme and what that actually means, how hard it truly is to let go and say goodbye.
I absolutely LOVED this book. If you still haven't read it you need to go buy it NOW!
When I heard that the book Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold was much better than the movie, I knew that I had to read it. I finished this book in literally three days because it was so good and I do not have one bad thing to say about it. It is a suspenseful book that you will never want to put down. Although this is a mystery book, it is not all about the suspense because there are mostly calm parts. The Lovely Bones is narrated by Susie, the main character. On the first page, Susie tells us that she was murdered, so the author is making it clear that the story will not be about whether she was murdered or not. Throughout this whole story, we know who murdered her, yet her family and the police do not. She has disappeared and they did not find a body, so the family was forced to keep the hope of her life while the readers knew that she was watching from her heaven. I would recommend this book because it had a very unique setup. It wasn't like any other murder stories where it is only based upon finding the murderer. Susie was looking down on her family throughout the story, so we could see exactly what was happening on Earth with them and her murderer, but all through the young eyes of Susie. This is an excellent book that shows the struggles of a grieving family over the loss of a daughter and sister while subtly keeping the mystery of the police trying to find Susie's body and the murderer. It will keep you wondering whether this family could possibly stay intact while the murderer of their loved one could be living right next door to them.
I recommend this book for children ages 12+
I would have to say this book was really wonderful! It had the right mix of sadness, but it wasn't all depression. Happiness was mixed into each page, as Susie watched her family live their lives as she stayed in heaven. Another concept in this novel that intriguied me was the in-between and heaven in it. It was interesting and exciting for me to read about a girl who had been brutally murdered.
I give it 5 starts! The ending was good, too!
I thought Lovely Bones was horrible. I think the plot was okay, but the whole story was drawn out too much. I think that it was boring, because we didn't really get to know Susie and she was the main character. The book went through many years and some of them were unnecessary. I think that I liked the plot and I liked how they were trying to solve a case, but it wasn't that interesting. I think it was a little exaggerated with Mr. Harvey. I thought it was pretty obvious he killed Susie but they just wanted you to keep reading. I wouldn't reccommend this book to my friends.
I found this book very weird and really quite sad at times. I would be careful that kids be at least 14 to read this and even older if they are tender hearted or very naive. The idea of kidnapping rape and murder is a little old for some kids. Although I really enjoyed this book, except parts of the ending, there are some adults I know that I would not recommend it to due to disturbing content.
Overall,this book is for the hearty mature reader.
in this story you meet Susie Salmon and her family. after Susie is brutally raped, murdered then dismembered she goes to heaven. from there she watches as her family spirals downward from the grief. before her soul left the earth she reached out to a girl from her school Ruth, who barely knew her. the man who killed her lives down the street from Susie's house. he goes by undetected although Susie's father Jack suspects something. Susie's view from heaven you see her family go through depression and happiness. read the book and see who makes it out ok.
In The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, Susan Salmon was your average fourteen-year-old girl living in the suburbs. Susie was viciously raped and murdered by her neighbor. Instead of going into detail about her life and problems and building tension up to the killing scene, she was killed in the first chapter, unlike most books with similar concepts. The book works backwards to her life on Earth, and it discusses the lives of those who were close to her, and their relationships to her, both before and after the crime. The author does an excellent job of adding sufficient tension all the way through. Her very sketchy neighbor, Mr. Harvey is the murderer, and unfortunately for those investigating her death, he is a smart criminal.
The bulk of the story is told by the victim from "her heaven." She talks about what heaven is like for her, and about how she sees life on Earth. She watches her friends and family try to move on without her. She pays close attention to her killer, and wishes that someone would finally catch him. She learns everything about him, which includes meeting his previous victims in Heaven. She watches the boy she loved continue his life without her. She observes how her death starts to put strain her family's relationships. In the end, everything is solved in one way or another, so no questions are left. It is told from a first person omniscient point of view, which I would imagine it somewhat rare for books, so it is a refreshing change. After reading The Lovely Bones, I learned that Alice Sebold wrote this novel based on her own brutal beating and rape when she was in college. This book gives you deep new perspective, and it is a must read for both guys and girls.
Alice Sebold did an amazing job with this book. When I first heard about it I thought it was going to be depressing or maybe cliche. The way Sebold wrote it was neither of the two. She captures her readers so exquisitely.
Because of a certain expert, I'd say it should be rated P.G. 14. Just so that young minds don't travel to far.
This is a book, that once you start reading, you won't want to stop. It's just amazing.
This is one of the most chilling books I've ever read. You hear about a young girl being abducted and raped and then murdered and buried. You go through these actions as the girl describes them & it's almost to much to bear when you keep in mind all of the young kids who you read about in the news getting kidnapped.
Then, you watch her family search for her and you also see the family deteriorate as the omther begins an affair and the father begins to suspect who the killer is-and he's right, but can't do anything about it.
The only part of the book that seemed a little off to me was the girl's description of heaven-not because of what my own views are, but because it seemed so cold and sterile. Since she didn't get a normal school experience, her heaven is a high school, but the text books are magazines and there is no formal schooling.
All in all this is an excellent book, but I would not read this at night. I had to put this down for a bit when I was reading it because it is so easy to put a face to this character-one that you've seen on the news-and it makes it hard to get through. A very powerfully written book, but not one for the very young.
I really liked this book. It is about a girl and she is molested and killed by her own neighbor! Read this book as she watches from heaven and sees her sister and her "boyfriend" move on with their lives. Also her father is trying to find her murderer and her murderer is trying to carefully erase his marks. I really liked this book. What would happen is she came down from heaven and took over another body? What wpuld happen if she fell down from heaven? Read this book to find out what happens.