Friday, January 22, 2010

7. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

I've heard so much about The Lovely Bones since it was released years ago, that I probably shied away from it. With the release of the movie and seeing the commericals for it, I decided I had to read it. It seemed like something I would really like, so I was able to borrow it from someone I work with. It was all right, and I give it a B+.

Back cover:
Susie Salmon, murdered at age fourteen, is adjusting to her new home in heaven, a place that is not at all what she expected, while back on earth her grief-stricken family is unraveling. Out of unspeakable tragedy and loss, The Lovely Bones succeeds, miraculously, in building a tale filled with hope, humor, suspense, even joy.

This is not the usual type of book I read, since there are aspects of the supernatural in it. I often have a hard time turning off my reality colored glasses and while I like to believe there is a heaven, how can someone right a book where the main character is there when no one has seen it? I also had a hard time reading this book because of the writing... it was done beautifully and it was so touching. I thought Ms. Sebold does a fantastic job of accurately describing and showing all of the different emotions Susie's family faces and deals with as they come to terms with her disappearance and murder. I mainly read suspense novels that are sometimes graphic and tough to read, but nothing as affected me like some of the passages from The Lovely Bones. I only hope the movie holds up to the book (though I doubt it!).

Up next is more of my usual fare, a suspense novel by a new to me author called No Mercy by John Gilstrap. I just picked it up from the library and hope to get through it this weekend. I do have some plans this evening and am talking my nephew out to lunch tomorrow, but other that I hope to get some reading and relaxing time in! I've been busy and tired lately and just haven't been placing much focus on my reading and visiting of other blogs. I've tried to keep up, but haven't had much time to comment. I hope to fix that this weekend! Happy Reading!


Staci said...

I read this one quite a few years ago but I really did enjoy it. I'm not going to ruin the experience by watching the movie!! From what I've heard it isn't that great!!

Have a great Sunday!

Literary Feline said...

I hope to see the movie, but I am not sure I'll see it while it's in the theaters. The part that worries me most about the movie are the heaven scenes, so it was funny you mentioned them in the book. I really liked the book when I read it.

GretchTM said...

The Lovely Bones was a good read for me. I just finished it yesterday and watched the movie right after. Though the movie isn't exactly like the book, it was still presented well.