Monday, July 23, 2012

Book Review: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Hi everyone.  I made some time to finish a few books and I'm very excited to share my thoughts with all of you. 

Synopsis: The Lovely Bones is about a fourteen year old girl who decides to follow a elderly neighbor to a "secret hideout" to only be brutally raped and murdered.   The family is torn apart from the crime and not sure if they will ever be the family they once were.

Review: The book follows the girl's soul through the tragic scene and the aftermath that is her family.  You are given a front row seat into the moments where the mom and dad begin to show signs of "I'm lost and don't know what to do".  This is where you think the family could somehow unite but unfortunately, very slowly everyone begins to drift apart.  While the little brother is too small to understand, it is the middle sister who becomes the glue of the family only to quietly suffer while stepping into mother role.

The most interesting deal with this book is that while you see the family cracking, you see this whole perspective from the fourteen year old.  She is in this forever state of "her version of heaven".  The heaven is brilliantly described by the author.  Her heaven every now and then changes according to her attachment to her family.

As for the crime and who done it, that is a big part of the book, but I don't want to spoil that.

The book, while a bit scary for me because of the topic, I still decided to give it a chance.  I wanted a difference pace and subject matter and it was very moving.

I recommend you not read the book before you go to sleep.  It only leaves a feeling of dread and sorrow for the young protagonist.   

Bottome Line:  The author paints a rich and wonderful heaven, but back at the family's home, tragedy is always one step away.  Great book, great change of pace and I do recommend this book for older readers especially because of the subject matter.

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