30 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

This was third time reading this book. Once on my own and twice now for a book club. I remember really liking it the first time I read it, but perhaps because it does tend to drag on a bit in the middle, the last two times haven’t been as enjoyable. The writing is really outstanding this book, the author brings you along for the story. It feels like she’s not telling you the story, but letting the story tell itself.

As I mentioned, the middle of the book drags a bit, the story gets a little bogged down as time seems to move on aimlessly. You want something to happen – anything really, but instead we just watch both worlds move along at a snail’s pace.

Having said that, the story is compelling, it opened up some very interesting discussions and I’m glad I read it. But the next book club that chooses it, I’m not reading it again. 🙂

When we first meet 14-year-old Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. This was before milk carton photos and public service announcements, she tells us; back in 1973, when Susie mysteriously disappeared, people still believed these things didn’t happen. In the sweet, untroubled voice of a precocious teenage girl, Susie relates the awful events of her death and her own adjustment to the strange new place she finds herself. It looks a lot like her school playground, with the good kind of swing sets. With love, longing, and a growing understanding, Susie watches her family as they cope with their grief, her father embarks on a search for the killer, her sister undertakes a feat of amazing daring, her little brother builds a fort in her honor and begin the difficult process of healing. In the hands of a brilliant novelist, this story of seemingly unbearable tragedy is transformed into a suspenseful and touching story about family, memory, love, heaven, and living.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2010: 31

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