“It was well written but not a huge fan of the novel. It was very sad to read! ”Amandalina wrote this review Tuesday, October 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is well written and haunting. ”Ovid wrote this review Sunday, October 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I was sobbing ”janel rice wrote this review Tuesday, October 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved this book! It had great imagery and I felt like I was living in the moment just like the characters from the story. Alice Sebold had a great plot and I had problems puting the book down. I also did a project on this book and I had to problem remebering the details in the story. My favorite thing though was the creepy charactoristics of the murder and how realistic it felt, loved it!”Olivia Lininger wrote this review Monday, September 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Final Review: I have finished The Lovely Bones. This book has affected me more than any other book has. For me reading is a way to experience reality in situations that most people would never be a part of, The Lovely Bones let me explore the feelings behind the victims of a rape and murder. I really appreciated the way Sebold was very direct with the reader of her book and didn’t skip around the plot of the story unlike other murder mystery books I’ve read in the past. After reading this novel my perspective of the world around me has changed drastically, not in a way that I’m watching my every step in order to make sure I’m not killed by a predator but in a way in which I think about how people cope with grief and loss and most definitely my views on heaven, I was taken a back by this quote. “When the dead are done with the living, the living can go on to other things,“ Fanny said. “What about the dead?“ I asked. “Where do we go?” (p. 145). As stated in my comment before I looked up to Susie’s father, Jack and Susie’s sister Lindsey. Their insistence in finding Susie’s killer is somewhat admirable and they never give up, even though almost all of the characters in the book are telling them too. This book also opened my eyes on the topic of making sure your opinions and beliefs are heard, “It was that day that I knew what I wanted, to tell the story of my family. Because horror on earth is real, and it is everyday. It is like a flower or the sun; it cannot be contained" this quote really effected me as Susie was talking about life in the 70’s and how people we oblivious to murders and abductions and how unaware/oblivious people were to how capable humans are of horrible things and how people sheltered their children from the truth about the world which is made quite evident from the very start of the book when Susie climbs into Mr Harvey’s hole. ”Emma K wrote this review Wednesday, October 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I enjoyed reading this book in middle school! This has such a haunted feel but so attention grabbing. The entire book is a great story that will always be one of my favorites. I chose it because it is the only book I have read written from this point of view.”Kelly Rethorst wrote this review Monday, September 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Start to the first chapter: My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. Susie has--and uses--the ultimate omniscient view as she tells us of both the afterlife and of watching her family and her murderer as they go on living without her.
Judging from reviews and my friends, many either love or hate this book. Being perverse I merely liked it. Some decry the writing as awful. One reviewer on GoodReads pointed out a doozy of a simile: Her pupils dilated, pulsing in and out like small, ferocious olives. I'd agree that line should not exist and the editor should be slapped for letting it go to print. I don't think it's typical of the writing though. Sebold goes to bat with simile and metaphor a lot, and some swings she misses, but most times she connects, and even some of her more eccentric imagery works better in context than when quoted in isolation--and they never jarred me enough to stop the flow of the story. The writing, I think, is decent--not awful, even if not remarkable, other than for its unusual perspective. Far worse-written books are wildly popular (Meyer's Twilight, Brown's Da Vinci Code) or incredibly celebrated by the literati. (Don Delillo, I'm looking at you.)
The author is good at giving ordinary little details that capture the time and place set (Suburban Pennsylvania in the 70s) and a family going through the worst of times: such as a father trying to explain to his four year old son why his big sister is never coming home through the game of Monopoly. I thought the author had some insightful things to convey about grief and the process of integrating the memory of those we lose without losing ourselves, and I'm guessing that's what people who love this book respond to and recognize from their own experiences.
The story never came close to moving me to tears, no. But the story made me care enough about its characters to keep me reading; I wanted to know what happened to Susie's family and whether or not her killer would be caught. And at the end if I don't consider the book a keeper, neither am I sorry I read it.”
“so far i love this book it one of my favorites[3”2020asalmo wrote this review Monday, September 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I am thrilled.....that I finished this book. I felt I owed it to myself since I stuck it out this long. I really believe that Alice Sebold could have taken this story line and make a great book, but its barely okay.
Happy town, girl goes missing, girl gets killed, family falls apart, etc etc. And the ending. I did not like the ending all at. No surprise, no nothing, just hum, drum!
I'm not sorry I read it as much as I'm sorry I wasted my time.
If your just wanting a mindless book that goes nowhere, then this is the book for you.”
“Wasn't at all sure I could read this book because of the story. I did finish the book in a weeks time so it did hold my interest. The story was just plain sad to me. I have to say that I like happy stories. This book was an interesting read but I finished it feelng depressed for the family. Not one of my favorites. ”debra lynn wrote this review Sunday, September 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No