Title: The Lovely Bones
Author: Alice Sebold
Genre: Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Horror
Rating: /5 stars
**Mature content for a middle schooler
The Lovely Bones Review
The Lovely Bones is a great fictional novel. That takes place in the 1970’s and late 1980’s, this story of a young girl is told from her point of view in heaven. Susie Salmon, who is already dead when you first meet her, starts to tell the story of her short life from heaven. Heaven seems to have everything Susie would want, all the luxuries she could ask for. Yet Susie is looking down at her home ,and her family on earth. Susie can't let go of earth or her family. Susie's father, who is having trouble letting go of his lost daughter, sits in a room full of bottled ships she helped build. Her father finds out who the murderer of his daughter is, yet doesn't know what to do. The police don't like the idea her father has and disregard it. The family is really struggling to hold on. Susie's sister can't accept her death and lies to herself. While the mother thinks the only way to go about her problems is to run away from them ,and her family who everyday reminds her of the daughter she once had. Susie's sees her little brother trying to understand and grasp the word “gone”. While she watches her friends ,and a girl she new little about she realizes she may not be the only one, the only one “gone." One day in heaven ,when Suise does not look down on earth, instead she finds herself in a field with many other girls around her, she realizes they are all victims of the same man who killed her. She sees they have let go of earth ,and she wonders if she can do the same. One day while Susie watches a girl named Ruth, she falls ,she falls from the gateway where she stood watching. Susie fell right into Ruth's body while Ruth went to heaven. They both finally get what they wanted, in the little time the have they see and do everything they couldn't do where they were. And when that time ends and Susie returns to heaven ,she lets go of earth. And her family is able to move on. Susie realized, letting go is sometimes easier than holding on. Her sister can now move on with her husband and baby. Her mother now returns home to her family who will reminder of her beautiful daughter. And her brother now understand what the word “gone” means. And Susie can now move on from her grieving ,from her death. My favorite quote from the book is “Don’t worry Susie ; he has a nice life. He’s trapped in the perfect world.” liked this quote because it ties into Susie life ,and afterlife so well, it helps her let go. The quote helps her understand ,and be okay with letting go of earth and her family. The things in her perfect world she can't have. Anyone looking for a book that can make you so happy and sad at the same time will love this book. This book has a great message sent in it.
Contributed by: Shale Kennedy