I have had The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold on my book shelf for a very long time. As you know, the book was made into a movie which was released today. (I have posted the trailer below.) So- why not? Lets get this thing read and review it! I had heard so many great things about this book, so I set myself up expecting something fabulous.
The plot is simple. Girl is murdered. Girl goes to heaven. Girl watches (and narrates the book) as her friends and family deal with her sudden death. Girl helps to try and bring said murderer to justice. The story isn't a pretty one, it is intense and will make you sad. You will feel a sense of relief when you see the family finally move on. This book hit a little close to home for me, for reasons I won't talk about here. The writer very accurately and passionately writes her characters.
That being said a lot of the characters were two dimensional, but I did come away from the book being able to connect to some of them. There were some parts of this book that were underdeveloped- like she should have expanded on a few parts... Ruth, for instance. A "maybe" lesbian that knew almost everything Susie did through her dreams. I really wish I would have known how Ruth felt after the ending. I can't give away the ending- although I'm dying to.
The ending seemed silly to me. Gross, even. I didn't like what happened between Susie, Ruth and Ray at the conclusion of the book. I'm all for a happy ending... but... not that kind.
This book wasn't bad by any means, it is worth one read. Just skip chapters... 3... to..hm... page 165. The first chapter grabs on to you and doesn't let you go- it put me in a frenzy wanting to find out how the family copes with the loss of Susie, how the bad guy is brought to justice. Then it turns around, it slows down... no, it comes to a total halt. Maybe there were too many flashbacks, too much of how Susie felt? I can't pinpoint this exactly.
Wow, I am really jumping around with this review, aren't I? Almost finished. The only reasons I am giving this three stars instead of two is that Sebold did a beautiful job at showing how the dynamics of the family changed after Susie's death and how the entire community reacted to the gruesome tragedy. Also, there is one part (other than the actual murder) where I was on PINS and NEEDLES for Susie's sister. Gosh, and her father- wonderful character. I could envision him so well.
Ok- time to nurse my headache, so below is the trailer to the book's movie. I've been hearing the movie is better than the book- I'll see it when it comes out on DVD/BluRay. Anyone go see it? Thoughts??
- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (September 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316166685
- ISBN-13: 978-0316166683