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The Lovely Bones
The Lovely Bones
Author: Alice Sebold
ISBN-13: 9780316168816
ISBN-10: 0316168815
Publication Date: 4/20/2004
Pages: 352
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Publisher: Back Bay Books
Book Type: Paperback
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  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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I cried, I cried, I cried some more!

The novel is about a young teenage girl who is raped and murdered by her neighbor. She spends the story watching her family from heaven as she narrates, and wishing that she could help them as they all move through separate periods of grief. I know, sounds depressing and awful, right? It's not! It's poetic and beautifully descriptive, and you get sucked right into the story. I would go so far as to say that it's an important book about grieving, but even so, it is a worthwhile read. Wonderful story. I won't be posting my copy, as I can't part with it.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Reviewed by Cana Rensberger for TeensReadToo.com

THE LOVELY BONES will haunt you. This book tells the story of the most horrific thing a family could ever endure, the murder of a loved one, a child.

The child is 14-year-old Susie Salmon. We see the murder through her eyes, after she is killed. Susie narrates her story from heaven, a place like I'd not before imagined. Her heaven begins as her school playground. Slowly it grows to become more. Susie merely longs for something she misses from earth, and it appears, except, of course, the living. Although she can watch her loved ones, know what they are doing, thinking, and feeling, she cannot be with them, or they with her.

The book begins with the emotional, frightening, and vividly shown homicide. Through Susie's eyes, we understand how he tricked her. We feel her terror as we realize, with her, what's about to happen. Then the scene moves to another, equally heartbreaking moment, three days later when a neighbor's dog finds a body part.

You would think, at this point, that you wouldn't be able to read further, that you'd close the book and never reopen it. But you won't be able to. Like Susie, we want to know her family will be okay. We want to know the killer won't get away with it. The author, Alice Sebold, artfully forces you to read on.

Susie watches her friends whisper about her at school. She watches as her younger sister, Lindsey, hardens to stone. Her four-year-old brother, Buckley, is passed from neighbor to neighbor, having sleepovers, told his sister has just gone away for a bit. She listens to the detective, Len, tell her parents the inevitable, that they are now investigating her disappearance as a murder. Her family slowly begins to crumble and Susie can do nothing to help.

This sounds like a suffocating, depressing book, but as you read you'll feel encouraged as Susie's family begins to move on, never to forget, but to begin to live life without her. Buckley struggles to understand the meaning of forever. Susie's dad becomes obsessed with proving he's not crazy, that he's certain who killed his daughter. Susie's mom handles the stress by hiding from it. And Lindsey, known as the girl whose sister was murdered, strives to find herself again. She searches for love. And she takes a huge risk to help her dad flush out the killer.

The ending is incredibly sweet. Amazing as it may seem, you will feel Susie's joy as she lets go of those she's left behind. For me, the ending wasn't perfect, it left me wanting, but I imagine that was deliberate. Life itself is not perfect. But life has hope. And that's the feeling that will stay with you as you turn the last page. It's a memorable read, not for the faint of heart. Expect to feel. To fear, to cry, and, yes, to laugh. THE LOVELY BONES will touch the very core of your being. Alice Sebold has written beautifully of the ugliest scenario possible. Wow.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Mesmerizing I could not put this book down. It takes a tradedy and makes into a personal quest of change. A beautiful book.
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i have never had such a physical reaction to a book! i had to put the book down after the first chapters. actually felt phsyically ill. but once i was able to pick it back up it was a very unique and touching story. just not for the faint of heart
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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"The Lovely Bones" is a beautiful story. Hard to read, heart-wrenching in parts, but well worth it. The emotions it subjects you to are honest and true, and that is a rare thing. I highly recommend it
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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This is a very unusual story of a girl who was murdered, from her point of view. She is in "her heaven", looking down on her family, friends, and even her murderer - watching how each of them deals with her death, and seeing how it affects each person in a very different and special way. It keeps your attention, keeps you wondering how things will or won't resolve themselves in the end. Very good book.
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This is one of my all-time favorite books. I was really moved by this story told by the victim of a rape and murder. It's very well written.
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A young victim of murder comments on the lives she left behind on earth from her perch in heaven. Terrifying, sad and uplifting at the same time.
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This is one of the best books that I've read in a very long time. It makes you think about the loved ones that you've lost and the little "chill" that you feel so often. I recommend this book to anyone who has lost someone
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One of the best books I have ever read. A true picture of human relationships and the meaning of love and commitment. I have this in hard back. I read it every year and cry.
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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I just finished reading Sebold's first novel, "Lucky", and must admit that she has become one of my favorite authors after having read only two books. She writes with such truth and emotion in "The Lovely Bones" in was hard not to become emotionally connected to the story. Sebold is a great memoir writer (Lucky) as is she a story teller (The Lovely Bones). The Lovely Bones is an interesting story and Sebold has told it with great detail and care, its a story I will never forget and a book I will share and re-read time and time again.
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This book was exhausting and I couldn't through it. I couldn't get over a dead narrator talking about the afterlife in a way like she went to live at boarding school, but looked in on her family to catch her killer from time to time.
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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When I had read the blurb on the back of this novel, I had mediocre expectations...the story of a teenage girl, murdered, watching her family from her custom built heaven, narrarating their, and her, story? It sounded sickly sweet, almost contrived, but, seeing raving reviews, I decided to give the book a try. What I found was Alice Sebold has created a beautiful, poignant story that touches the heart and soul without being sappy or preachy or even judgemental about her demise. It simply "is." The writing style is refreshing, the novel flows well and the character development is impressive. Highly recommended!
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Picked it up on a whim at the airport and so glad I did. I had absentmindedly put my book for the weekend in my checked bag, so there I was, with hours to kill and no book. I could not put this down once I started. This story punches you in the gut from the get-go and then takes you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. Touching.
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Alice Sebold hooked me with her first paragraph, the penguin snow globe, and didn't let me go until the end. I can look back and remember that I skipped and skimmed bad descriptions but was never tempted to put the book down. I'm a fan of murder mysteries and thrillers so I didn't find the initial violence gory or difficult to read.

Plenty of people wonder what the dead would say to them if they could give advice. Some also wonder if the dead have a hard time letting go, especially victims of violent crimes. I believe Alice Sebold shows every characters reaction to Suzie's death in an accurate, realistic way, including the much argued about ending which I won't spoil here.

This is truly a story of family and how they deal with and move through their grief over losing a loved one way too soon. I hope you enjoy this book.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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One of the best books I have read this year. This is a painful book about the tragic death of a child. A young girl is murdered in a shocking tale filled with suspense. Not always tragic, this story is often humorous and full of life in spite of the subject. Told in first person, the book has the murdered child telling her story of adjusting to life in heaven while watching her friends and family continue their lives on Earth. Slowly the mystery unfolds and you are unexpectedly handed clues to her death and murderer. You cannot read this book without being affected by the horrific story. I found the most fascinating aspect of the book was the way the tragedy touched so many lives and how those individuals coped with the loss of the child. A very good novel and one that will not disappoint you. Don't let the subject of death put you off of this book. It is surprisingly uplifting. I highly recommend you read this one!
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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I found many parallels between Sebold's TLB and Lisa See's Peony in Love. Both stories are of girls who die tragically before they have come of age. Each girl watches the world below from her heaven as they try to understand thier life and death. As others have said, a haunting and beautiful story. Excellent book club selection.
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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An okay book. A bit slow through the middle but you trudge through to find out the ending. All in all a worthwhile read.
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
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I was in tears every chapter of the first half of this book. I did not really embrace her perspective of a spirit being able to influence people or "step" into their bodies once they have departed, so the second half of the book did not continue to hold me emotionally.
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The Lovely Bones works as an odd yet affecting coming-of-age story. Susie struggles to accept her death while still clinging to the lost world of the living, following her family's dramas over the years like an episode of My So-Called Afterlife. Her family disintegrates in their grief: her father becomes determined to find her killer, her mother withdraws, her little brother Buckley attempts to make sense of the new hole in his family, and her younger sister Lindsey moves through the milestone events of her teenage and young adult years with Susie riding spiritual shotgun. Random acts and missed opportunities run throughout the book--Susie recalls her sole kiss with a boy on Earth as "like an accident--a beautiful gasoline rainbow."
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I read half way through this book before I put it down - it was boring, the characters were flat and the story dragged on and on. I kept reading chapter after chapter hoping that the something worthwhile would happen - it never did.
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this is the worst book ive ever read. it was so slow i couldn't finish it. i hated it
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I personally didn't like this. it was too depressing. but I hear that people who like depressing stuff liked this book. It's about a girl who is murdered and she's watching the world from "heaven"....well there, I murdered the description now..I didn't even finish it.
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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This is the best book I've read in a while. I was captivated from the beginning and finished the book in 3 days which is quick for me. A wonderful read!
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
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Tried to read it...just couldn't get into it.
  • Currently 1.5/5 Stars.
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i didnr finish this book since it was so dark where I was readig.I had been through 5 deaths in my family so it was a little much.

I think it depends on what you r going through in life sometimes that will determine what books will help you
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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I loved this book.. it was a very touching story that urged me to hate certain characters just when my heart was being warmed by others. It's been placed among the favorites on my bookshelf.
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
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This is an interesting book, but rather dark. The accounts of the afterlife are somewhat strange and disturbing.
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It truely is lovely.... although I thought it bordered on cheesy at the end. All in all though it was a great read.
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I loved this book, though I often found it hard to read. Terrifying, tender, beautiful. Autor Alice Sebold has given us a treasure. Thank you Ms. Sebold.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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this seems to be one of those books readers either go ga-ga over
or dont get at all...
I loved it.
I liked the author's style and the way she creatively broke up the chapters...
and I adore the idea that those that have passed over are watching us from a gazebo on the edge of heaven.
  • Currently 1/5 Stars.
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this is the only book I have read so far that I had to force myself to finish. Was not happy with it's progress. Though an interesting view of Heaven, not worth the read.
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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This book has a sad concept, but was very interesting written and kept my attention.
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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This was an incredible story. At first the subject matters appears very depressing and even gruesome, and then the story turns into something else. I couldn't put it down. It moved me deeply.
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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I really enjoyed this book. It was a great story! I recommend it. Lots of book clubs have read this book.....this book was a mix of emotions, but overall I think it is a keeper for me.
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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How can you say a book about child abuse and murder is good? Well just read this one. Susie Salmon is already dead when we meet her. She watches from above, watching her family deal with, and come to grips with, their grief. She watches as they attempt to track down her murderer. And while doing this she also comes to grips with her own idea of "heaven".

This book was recommended to me by a 14 year old girl - the same age Susie is when she leaves us. She raved about it.
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I read this book in two nights. It was so good I wanted to stay up all night and read it. I wish it ended a little different, but overall one of the best books I have read in a long time.
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Excellent book! A very sad story, yet still very touching. I definatly recommend it but make sure you have a tissue box nearby!
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wow , very intense! makes you wonder what your perfect heaven would be like.
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An interesting story. There are some slow points to it. But all in all it was a page turner.
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Pretty good read. A tale told from the perspective of a young murder victim, who watches her loved ones move on from the beyond. The author skillfully weaves the themes of hope, humor, sorrow, and heartbreak.
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One of the most intriguing books I have read in a long time...the perspective from which it is told is so novel, and allows the reader to get "inside the heads" of so many of the characters. Couldn't put it down!
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Overly long and unbelievable. Didn't live up to the hype at all.
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The story was engrossing. I would never have imagined a story written from the deceased victim's point of view, but it works. I couldn't wait to get to the end. I felt like a member of her family and really cared about the characters. Unique.
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This book is written (unusually) by the character of a girl that was killed when she was 14 and is watching the happenings down on earth. A horrible crime, but this books shows you how love goes on. A very good book.
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
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This book definitely hooks you from go and it has a pretty clean, crisp style. Ultimately, it's a pretty odd little book, and a bit of a downer. Well written, and the characters felt real and she never swayed into melodrama. But I just didn't particularly LIKE it.
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A very tragic story about a girl who was abducted and murdered. It shows how each family member and friend was affected. The thing that intrigued me most was it showed how the girl was adapting to heaven while at the same time watching how her family and friends were coping on earth.
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This book was a lot different than I expected. The riveting details of the lives of the subject female's friends and family are followed for years following her murder from her point of view from a secular sort of heaven showing how her murder affected their lives.
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this book has it all...murder, love, sadness and joy....all told from the view of a murdered 14 yr old girl. Heart wrenching
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Very well written. I read it quickly because it kept my interest, but I didn't really feel like it was very personal.
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When we first meet Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. As she looks down from this strange new place, she tells us, in the fresh and spirited voice of a fourteen-year-old girl, a tale that is both haunting and full of hope.

In the weeks following her death, Susie watches life on Earth continuing without her -- her school friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her family holding out hope that she'll be found, her killer trying to cover his tracks. As months pass without leads, Susie sees her parents' marriage being contorted by loss, her sister hardening herself in an effort to stay strong, and her little brother trying to grasp the meaning of the word gone.

And she explores the place called heaven. It looks a lot like her school playground, with the good kind of swing sets. There are counselors to help newcomers adjust and friends to room with. Everything she ever wanted appears as soon as she thinks of it -- except the thing she most wants: to be back with the people she loved on Earth.

With compassion, longing, and a growing understanding, Susie sees her loved ones pass through grief and begin to mend. Her father embarks on a risky quest to ensnare her killer. Her sister undertakes a feat of remarkable daring. And the boy Susie cared for moves on, only to find himself at the center of a miraculous event.
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Sebold has written an emotionally compelling tale. It's sad and disturbing, but never mawkish or maudlin. Memorable for its originality and sensitivity.
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I wasn't too impressed, it was very stretched out unfortunately but there were parts that kept you going. It's a sad story and it gives a different perspective on heaven, interesting but not one of my top favorites.
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This is a captivating story, told by the spirit of the deceased. Imposible to put it down.
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Disturbing and graphic, but thought provoking and interesting, at the same time.
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Teen girl is murdered and then gets to look down at her family and world from heaven. I loved this read: I felt many emotions while reading this book...highly recommended!
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I really loved the opening and was extremely excited about the book but by the end I was bored and just trying to finish it. Maybe I was bored because of other things but it didn't hld my attention throughout.
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This book explores the dark side the brutal crimes done to our children everyday in america, but it also goes beyond to explore how the families are vicitmized over and over again. Not an easy read for it makes you terrified to let your children out of the house, but very well done. Writing in its most raw form.
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Whenever I think that maybe, one day, I could write the Great American Novel, I then think of Alice Sebold and "The Lovely Bones" and realize that I have no shot in hell.

A magnificent, heartbreaking book, bittersweet yet uplifting all at the same time. What true writing is.
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Holy sh-t. I cried and cried.
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A very touching story about a young girl who gets raped and then killed. The story went back and forth and it was a little confusing. What I wanted to happen in the end didn't happen. But it was a good read.
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mildly entertaining.

I read this in two days. This is a very popular book. Easy to read. Lots of words that sound real pretty together but what does it mean? I didn't find it very satisfying...for one thing I think the view of "heaven" represented here was extremely limited. The icicles at the end held some substantial redeeming value. A solid event...thank you very much. I dont like to grope around much for a moral lesson in a book , but I'm sure there is one in here somewhere. I did read it to the end, but I am a very patient person.

lots of people like it tho, so i'm reposting it.
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This book is moving and vivid. I can't remember the last time a novel made me weep so much! You will love it!
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It's difficult to classify The Lovely Bones as a mystery. On the first page, the reader discovers that the narrator is dead, has been murdered, and by whom. I suppose the mystery is in watching the family of Susie, the victim, find out what we the reader already know.

Rather, this is a human interest story. Sebold delves into the ways that a family and community deals with tragedy. Some never move on, some forget easily. Some see the dead in the living. Some go on a quest to solve the mysteries of other dead young women. Some families break under the strain.

Certainly the story is a tragic one; in an age of Amber alerts and where images of missing young women flood our news shows, The Lovely Bones is a timely story. These true life stories parallel this fictional one in many ways; the communities have pulled together, people with no connection to the deceased feel one after her death, etc.

A touching novel, The Lovely Bones will make you feel for the characters. You will celebrate in their triumphs and recoil in their miseries.
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I could not put this book down. I was surprised at the ending of the story, I kept waiting for a resolution for Susie and it never came...just like life doesn't always have a resolution. Sometimes things just aren't tied up in a pretty bow...just like this story. It did break my heart, though, I cried through most of it.
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Mesmerizing.Extremely well written and unusual way to handle the subject matter. I can see why it has been on the best seller list for so long.
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This is a great mystery! Written in diary form from the dead girl looking down on her family. You don't know who-dun-it until the last page is turned!
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Chilling account from the point of view of a murdered child. Excellent story, couldn't put it down.
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this book left me unsettled for a few days after reading it. it so beautifully done and yet the horror of what happend..yikes. you will be glad you read it.
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One of the top ten books I have ever read. Once started I COULD NOT put it down.
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In the over 2,000 books I have read, I would have to say without a doubt this is the best one. It moved me and took me on a ride with Susie. Alice Sebold is an up and coming writer for a reason, I have no doubt she will surpass some of the best authors of our time. She writes almost passively, but in a way that you feel as if you are discovering something with the characters in her book, the way you might look at a best friend and together the two of you are thinking the same thing at the same time, a realization you both donít have to speak, this is what Alice Sebold creates with Susie Salmon, like the fish. And I wonít ever forget this book. I will be surprised and awe-stricken if I can ever find another book that can hold a candle to this one. I donít know where this book came from or how Seboldís first fiction book was able to do what established authors have been trying to do for years, but I pray she keeps on doing it.
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A dead girl's narration, a very troubling journey, not a light read. New York times "Mesmerizing".
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Amazing. Will make you cling to your family.
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This book is a National Best Seller. Interesting story that akes the reader think about love, relationships and the loss of youth. Narrator is a dead girl who sees the life she will not lead unfold from heaven.
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Well written story of a young girls adjustment to her new home in heaven. She watches as life on earth goes on and the search that is conducted for her and eventually her killer.
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Great book. It sas so much more than I expected. When first told about it I thought it was going to be depressing but it's actually a hopeful tale. Loved it and would highly recommend it.

On a side note: If you do read the book please do not watch the movie it does not do the book justice at all and will leave you thoroughly upset because they did not develop the characters well and others, that are pivitol in the book, not at all.
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A beautiful, awful, heartbreaking, moving, tragic, powerful, awe-inspiring story. Just like life.
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This book was really good. It was a good read but I was a little disappointed of the ending. Overall, it was a good read. I wonder how the movie is going to interpret the storyline?
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I kind of hate to review this book, because I am not with everyone else.... for me it was just ok and about 100 pages too long... it took me way too long to read it, for me a non keeper and I won't try to get her other books!
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This is one book that I refuse to part with even though I will probably never be able to read it again. The characters aren't incredibly formed, but if you know people you can fill in the gaps. The most remarkable thing about this book is it's feeling and the emotional journey it takes you on. It's an incredibly powerful and moving story. The only reason that I doubt I'll be able to read it again is because every single time I picked it up, I cried. Everyone I have mentioned this to has had the same experience.
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This was an amazzing book! i could barely put it down and finished in 4 days! can't wait to see the movie.
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Haunting. Sad. The story Susie tells will haunt you long after you have finished the last page & I guarantee that you will read it again.
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As I was reading this book, I was reminded of Million Dollar Baby in that I felt the movie was very well done but that it was painful to watch and I probably would not want to see it again. I had a hard time reading it in that it made me sad for the family. She was very good at describing their emotions and I felt them as I read. It was hard to read about Susie's murder and even though I wanted vindication for her, I was glad that the book turned into a healing process for the family instead of a revenge storyline.
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This book kept my interest throughout the entire book. When a girl is murdered in 1973, she watches her family and friends try to cope from heaven. It is an interesting premise and had at least one major twist that I didn't see coming. I would recommend this book.
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This book was hard for me to read as a parent. I enjoyed having it told from Susie's perspective, but would frequently have to stop reading because it was too emotional to continue. I decided to read it after seeing the movie preview, which made it appear to be a murder mystery. The book is much more of an emotional journey into a family's grief. I would recommend it to those who enjoy that type of book, but it's not for traditional murder mystery fans.
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While the storyline was on the depressing side the writer was amazing and there was so much imagery and interesting themes running throughout the entire book. My book club had one of its best discussions ever on this book!
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Wow! This novel was at once heartwarming and bone-chilling! I highly reccomend it to everyone that is interested in supernatural novels or mystery novels!
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WOW!!! This book is truley amazing.I was drawn in form the very start. I cant put into words how this book moved me. I cried ALOT! The story is not for the faint of heart but by the same token it is a must read. Alice Seabold is amazing.
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Probably one of the best books I've read in a long time. Very emotional and beautifully written, it's definitely something I will read again. I cannot wait for the movie to come out and hopefully it's close to the book.
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I tried to read it in seventh grade and couldn't really get into it. I would suggest being at least 15 or 16 before reading this book to really enjoy it. Great book!
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This was a very good read and one I was not knowing what to expect but once I got into the first chapter I had to finish it that night because it heart touching.
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Susie Salmon was 14 when she was murdered and tells her story from heaven. This is absolutely brilliant! Every word captivates you, haunts you, and forces you to follow the lives of family and friends who suffered from the loss of Susie. This book is not to be missed.
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This book had many elements of a good story; raw emotion and the quest to understand the human condition. At points it was hard for me to keep reading, but I am so glad that I finished the story.
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I read this book after it was suggested to me by some co-workers. Honestly, I can say it was an interesting read, but not something that I would classify as a great book. The story of Susie Salmon is told from an interesting point of view, but I don't think I really connected to the characters.

I actually think this is one of the few books that will turn out to make a movie that is actually better than the book.
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Being a male, I wasn't sure at first if this book would be aimed toward me. But once I read the first page, I was hooked. The pictures it paints are so vivid. You learn to love most the characters and hate one. Reading this book was an emotional journey, and probably the only book in which I cried while reading. There are some funny and happy parts too. This was by far the BEST book that I ever read.
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A little scary, but a good book.
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kind of a slow read!
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I borrowed this gripping novel from the library in audio book form and couldn't wait to get into my car to hear what would happen next. At first the detail of what happened to Suzie turned me off but what progressed with her family in the months after her disappearance became fascinating to listen to. Very creative and in a way comforting to hear Suzies' commentary as the years progress and she actually gets to experience something special to her. So, do not be put off by the subject matter.
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I enjoyed this book very much, although it does contain some troubling descriptions of a rape and murder of the main character--a 14 years old girl--so if this is a sensitive topic, you may not want to go there. The rest of the story though is a very interesting and tender narration--from the point of view of the dead girl watching from heaven, as her family and friends deal with the loss.
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Loved it!
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Great book. I usually don't like books involving the death of a child but I read this for a book club and thought it was excellent.
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Takes you through a range of emotions but in the end it brings you to a calm acceptance; narrative is very well written, I highly recommend this book.
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This is an absolutely gorgeous book. I bought this immediately upon its release and just absorbed it.... often think about this little girl, she is so alive.... amazing story. Admittedly, on The Color Purple has ever left this much of an impact on me as a reader.
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I couldn't put this book down once I started--unique story told from the perspective of a teenage girl who was murdered. She watches over her family and friends as they try to discover how she died.
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Good read overall
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Beautifully written.
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Haunting and beautiful. I think this may be a new classic.
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Wow This book was really interesting and sad although it wavered for me towards the end(I'm not going to give away details). Great read.
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wonderful... it brought smiles as well as a few tears...
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A haunting book narrated by a dead teenager watching over her family after her violent and untimely death. When you read it, you can feel her family's sorrow and the narrators lonliness and urge to hang on to the last of her life. It was heart-wrenching and I had to set it down a few times. A must read!
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Excellent story. Kept me reading and page-turning. Well written.
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A great read.
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I really enjoyed this book. Everyone I know has liked it. It does have a sci-fi feel to it, being that the girl who was killed is narrating the story from her perspective. I thought it was beautifully written and it makes a person think.
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Autographed copy! Sensitive and insightful account of a teenage girl who was murdered by a neighbor. Suzy narrated from heaven the story of her life and death, expressed her regrets, and watched her loss and its effect on her remaining family on earth. Her father, mother, sister and brother all were impacted by missing Suzy in their own ways, their lives shaped by her absence. Unorthodox and thought provoking novel.
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Great book,I read a book reveiw of this book that was written by Stephen King .Glad I listened to him, and I agree, awesome book.
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a really good book, will make you cry
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Really enjoyed this book, couldn't put it down.
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Wonderful book...never expected to like it this much.
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This was a great book from start to finish! I couldn't put it down until I was at the last page.
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Excellent book. I finished it very quickly because I couldn't put it down. A young girl that is murdered narrates this story from heaven as the events on Earth play out after it happens.
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From the Publisher

Sebold has given us a fantasy-fable of great authority, charm, and daring. She's a one-of-a-kind writer."
Jonathan Franzen, author of The Corrections

When we first meet Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. As she looks down from this strange new place, she tells us, in the fresh and spirited voice of a fourteen-year-old girl, a tale that is both haunting and full of hope.

In the weeks following her death, Susie watches life on Earth continuing without her -- her school friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her family holding out hope that she'll be found, her killer trying to cover his tracks. As months pass without leads, Susie sees her parents' marriage being contorted by loss, her sister hardening herself in an effort to stay strong, and her little brother trying to grasp the meaning of the word gone.

And she explores the place called heaven. It looks a lot like her school playground, with the good kind of swing sets. There are counselors to help newcomers adjust and friends to room with. Everything she ever wanted appears as soon as she thinks of it -- except the thing she most wants: to be back with the people she loved on Earth.

With compassion, longing, and a growing understanding, Susie sees her loved ones pass through grief and begin to mend. Her father embarks on a risky quest to ensnare her killer. Her sister undertakes a feat of remarkable daring. And the boy Susie cared for moves on, only to find himself at the center of a miraculous event.

The Lovely Bones is luminous and astonishing, a novel that builds out of grief the most hopeful of stories. In the hands of a brilliant new writer, this story of the worst thing a family can face is transformed into a suspenseful and even funny novel about love, memory, joy, heaven, and healing.
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Moving.
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This was a great book. I truly loved Alice Sebold and I also loved her book Lucky. Both great reads.
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Amazing story. I was completely absorbed by it and unable to stop reading.
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Wonderful book, glad I read it.
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exceptional book.
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A fourteen year old ghost tells the story of her death. Very good read
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I enjoyed this book very much.
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A disturbing book that you just can't put down!
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This was a throughly haunting book. I enjoyed it so much!
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Excellent book! Not your ordinary thriller. No wonder it was a book of the year.
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This is an amazing book, one of the best I've read.
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Great story that just makes you want to take a second look at your life.
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Achingly beautiful. This book sticks with you.
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This is one of my most favorite books of all time! Very spooky with all the recent child abductions and comforting by the end.
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Quick read. Very original
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Be prepared to get lost in this book. You won't be able to stop until you've reached the back cover.
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My name was Salmon, like the fish;first name,Susie,I was fourteen when L was murdered on December 6,1973.So begins the story of Susie salmon,who is adjusting to her home in heaven,a place that is not at all what she expected,even as she is watching life on earth continue without her.
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Haunting and poignant.
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I really enjoyed this book
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Haunting and powerful.
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Good book
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A great read!
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If you haven't read it yet, do so now. It's moving, thought-provoking, and even humorous at times. Soon to be made into a motion picture directed by Peter Jackson.
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Very good... great job of being in the mind of someone else
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Read in a day. Couldn't put it down. Interesting concepts.
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This has to be one of the best books I've ever read!! It was sad but it also kept me glued to it until I finished!! I loved it!!
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Excellent book. I even cried while reading certain parts. It's a book you'll go through quickly!
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This was a very interesting book in which I enjoyed during my vacation in Jamaica. Great laid back read.
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Sad and sweet at the same time. A young girl tells the story of her own murder.
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what a great read...the story will stay with you for a long time after you finish it!
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A great book... One of my favorites I've read!!! Very hard to put down.
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This is a book you pick up and can't put down until you finish. I highly recommend it.
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Really loved this book even though the story was about a young girl who is murdered.
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ewwwww
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wonderful beyond words...broke my heart.
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wonderful book by an excellent author.
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Very interesting book. I liked it but I don't think it's a book everyone would like. My mother in law who is very Catholic couldn't get past the first two chapters because it upset her. I enjoyed it.
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Got it as a gift... Never read it. But we've all heard the reviews.
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Great book! I dont normally read stuff like this and I liked it!
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A comforting book if you've lost a loved one. Beautifully written, a definite page turner.
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Great book! Very emotionally charged!
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This was the most unusual book I have read. Very good read.
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Very different reading than I normally read and I found it to be a very good book.
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One of my favorite books! So good, I read it twice!
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The more you read the better it gets..I wish I had not read it and could start over.
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Really good book - it really pulled me along; hard to put down
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Wow! Unexpected, different, keeps you hooked from the beginning.
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A portrait of family love and how it endures and changes over time. I found it deeply affecting.
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This book is so good. I really enjoyed it!
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Wow, amazing book. I loved it. Interesting perspective, at moments heart-wrenching.
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It's a very insightful book. With very interesting views on the after life. At some parts the pace is a little slow, but manage to get around that, and it's an over all good read.
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Excellent!!
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I absolutely loved this book.
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really sad and comical at the same time.
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0ne of the best I've read
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0ne of the best I've read
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This book was very intriguing and brought about some personal questions about the neighborhood I like in with my children. It was entertaining in a very eery way. I would read it again because I thought it was that good.
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Wonderfully written, haunting story.
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Well written. Quick read.
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A very nice read.
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Haunting story, well written.
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Wonderful book - I couldn't put it down.
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This is a very good book. I breezed through it on two 3 hour plane rides. I could not put it down.
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Susie Salmon has been murdered. She is adjusting to heaven and watching life play out on earth. It is a humorous, sad and suspenseful tale.
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I couldnt put it down. An easy read.
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Excellent book, was a best seller. Not as sad as you would think depite being about a murder victim.
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a good read
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A very emotional read.
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A great book! Incredibly provocative in many ways.
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I hesitated reading this book but it was wonderful
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Very different read from the other book I read. But I enjoyed the book.
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This book was so gripping that I could not put it down for one second..I cried reading this book..Alice Sebold is a wonderful story teller. This is a MUST READ!
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I couldn't put this one down. It made me cry bittersweet tears.
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Great book in a unique perspective. A great lesson for life and gives it to you in an entertaining way.
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very intense, but good.
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This is an AMAZING BOOK!!! Read it in 3 days-almost crying the whole time.
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I couldn't put it down.
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This book was amazing it was a real page turner.
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I loved the unusual and original point of view of the main character ( a deceased rape victim).
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This was a great book. I enjoyed it immensely.
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Haunting and inventive.
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Deeply affecting- a keenly observed portrait of familial love and how it endures. Michiko Kakutani, N.Y. Times
I enjoyed this book immensely. You will, too. Won American Booksellers' Association Book of the Year Award
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This was a great book!
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A compelling novel I couldn't put down once I started.
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I thought this was a great book.
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This was a very good book!
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Great read. Better than I had hoped.
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Dark but intriguing. 4 stars.
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Beautifully told story, but this novel is much more than that, due to its unusual perspective of a young girl who has died. The insights revealed through fiction are incredibly diverse, and they pertain to caring souls, journeying souls, of any age.
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I really enjoyed this book. It is so unique.
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I loved this book...very haunting, strangely beautiful and sad.
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I loved this book!Catches your attention right off!Its a real page turner.
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Very tragic but couldn't stop reading it. Good read.
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An amazingly indescribably wonderful book. A must read.
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I loved this book
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This was a very unusual book but very interesting and written very well.
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A tale filled with hope, humor, suspence and even joy.
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This book made me laugh and cry. I just LOVED it!
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I thought this book was a really good read. I wasnt sure if I was going to enjoy it or not but to my suprise, I did!
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I loved this book!!! Have read it three times, gets better every time!
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Mesmerizing - triumphant - sad - funny - great book!
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Awesome book, I loved it!!
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Excellent book. Slightly chilling.
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you'll love it
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On her way home from school on a snowy December day in 1973, 14-year-old Susie Salmon ("like the fish") is lured into a makeshift underground den in a cornfield and brutally raped and murdered, the latest victim of a serial killer--the man she knew as her neighbor, Mr. Harvey.

Alice Sebold's haunting and heartbreaking debut novel, The Lovely Bones, unfolds from heaven, where "life is a perpetual yesterday" and where Susie narrates and keeps watch over her grieving family and friends, as well as her brazen killer and the sad detective working on her case. As Sebold fashions it, everyone has his or her own version of heaven. Susie's resembles the athletic fields and landscape of a suburban high school: a heaven of her "simplest dreams," where "there were no teachers.... We never had to go inside except for art class.... The boys did not pinch our backsides or tell us we smelled; our textbooks were Seventeen and Glamour and Vogue." Though sentimental at times, The Lovely Bones is a moving exploration of loss and mourning that ultimately puts its faith in the living and that is made even more powerful by a cast of convincing characters.
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An exciting novel, full of surprises
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This was a deeply moving book...
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"Inside the snow globe on my father's desk, there was a penguin wearing a red-and-white-striped scarf. When I was little my father would pull me into his lap and reach for the snow globe. He would turn it over, letting all the snow collect o the top, then quickly invert it. The two of us watched the snow fall gently around the penguin. The penguin was alone in there, I thought, and I worried for him. When I told my father this, he said, "Don't worry, Susie; he has a nice life. He's trapped in a perfect world.""

Thus begins The Lovely Bones. Susie is a young girl of just fourteen years when she is taken, raped, murdered and dismembered. Instincts tell her father who committed this crime against his child whose body is never found. He goes to the police with his suspicions and though they investigate the man they need evidence which they are unable to find.
One would think this a difficult book to read but this reader did not find it so. It is told from the perspective of Susie, the victim, who is in heaven. A heaven such as I, who believe in heaven and hell, have never envisioned. It is rather a casual place and Susie's enjoyments on earth are also her enjoyments in heaven. And Susie can see and hear what is happening on earth, within her families and others, even her murderer. But she doesn't spend all of her time in this way. There are times when those remaining on earth feel the presence of Susie near them.
As Susie tells her story the horror of it does not become negligible but she tells it in a way that one can accept and move around it and remain within the story. Not just the event.
This is the story of how a family deals with and yet cannot deal with the tragic loss of a beloved child. And Sebold tells this tale in a masterful way very different from those you have read on like subject matter.
The climax of the book may not be what you expect, need or desire. But it suits what comes before.
This is my second Sebold read. I am only saddened that there is only one more currently out there to read. I highly recommend The Lovely Bones and rated it 4 stars.
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Very interesting and thought provoking book.
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Very good book. Was a Christmas present for someone else.
Will NOT be reposting it.
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xoxo
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Haunting
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This book was really good... hard to put down. However, I did not like the ending.
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Don't judge a book by its movie. This is a gentle, sensitive, insightful and tender story of a young girl love for her family and friends after her murder and her community's love and grief. Despite the painful topic it is deeply life-affirming and not emotionally exploitative.
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Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful read!

I couldn't put it down and I was in a Borders, Books and Music when I was reading it. It had such grief, but at the same time a peaceful understanding comes over the main character and you at the same time. As another reviewer said: Simply poetic!
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awesome book. Keeps you on the edge of your seat.
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I enjoyed this book and its layers.
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A heartwrenching good read.
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Beautifully written, mesmerizing, heartbreaking, disturbing, so many emotions in just one book. I had a hard time with some parts, but couldn't put the book down. I needed to know the family would eventually be "ok." I had to know that Susie's killer met justice.

If you have children, this book will definitely break your heart.

Excellent book.
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I finished this a little bit ago but let it sit, mulling it over, trying to decide if I really liked it or not.

There's not a whole lot to say about the plot, since there's been a movie made and nearly everyone knows that the book starts with fourteen-year-old Susie Salmon's murder. So I'm not going to dwell on the synopsis...you can find it easily enough.

Here's what I did like: Heaven. Everyone's Heaven fits them and their personalities/experiences/dreams. Sometimes they overlap with dear friends and relatives; sometimes people are missing. You can't force someone to be with you if that wouldn't be Heaven to them. Things Susie saw on earth also affected her Heaven. Loved that. And I cried when Holiday arrived. Because it wouldn't be Heaven without my dog.

And what I didn't like: Omniscience. Susie sees all, even things that are happening at the same time. It gets a little overbearing and more than a little creepy. Would you want your dead sister peaking in while you lost your virginity? Yeah, more than awkward.

There's one other thing that bugged me but with time, I've decided it was fitting. I can't say what it is without spoiling the end but watch out for icicles.
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I enjoyed this book even though it was a little outside the scope of what I normally read. It's written from an interesting point of view.
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I can't think of anything deeper to say than "WHOA...WOW". I wish I could forget what I read so I can read it all over again.
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Loved it, can't wait to see Marky Mark and Stanley Tucci in the movie!
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I managed to avoid seeing the movie or hearing too much about this story so I could read the book first - it was a very good book, one that does keep you emotionally invested. Even though it concerns the horrific murder of a child, and some descriptions are very explicit, part of it is actually very uplifting as the story is told from her point of view from heaven or "visiting" her loved ones here on earth. It's a very good read - I was somewhat disappointed in one twist near the end and an anti-climactic ending, but still enjoyed the book.
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We found the storyline timeless. People need to be aware of their surroundings and trust their intuition. The book was able to drive that point home without being preachy.
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I must be the only person to not understand all the "Hoo-Haa" surrounding this book.
I started out enjoying it and then couldn't wait to finish it ... not because it was a good read but because I wanted to know why everybody else thought it was a good read.
I found the story-line so fragmented that it was hard to keep all the characters in place.
It was a relief when it was over and left me with a feeling of "wha???"
Maybe it is only me but I did not have a feeling of "I wish the story had never ended."
It was a relief when it was over.
Sorry Ms Sebold. I must say though that she has a marvelous demand of description and emotions.
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An interesting prespective of life after death. While the context of the story had great potential, the ending was lacking. There were a number of "make you think" moments and situations scattered throughout the story, but the author failed to follow through on the original idea/suggestion that was presented. This is a great read for a Book Club as it will create much discussion.
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WOW!
This is a gripping story of the path to healing after a brutal murder. How the victim recovers and how her family copes is heart rending.
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I have not finished it yet--about 50 pages left but I love it!! It is so beautifully written.
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I enjoyed the overall story, but wish it had a better ending. It shows how a tragedy can tear a family apart.
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An expertly written book. Alice Sebold takes the readers imagination to places it's never been before.
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Really enjoyed and it was a fast read I like that the little girl tells her own story
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Well written, engaging/tearful story. I did find the ending kind of open, with a lack of satisfying closure, so not the kind of book that leaves me feeling "well, that was really good". (And not the kind of book that imho would present itself well as a movie)
Nevertheless, evocative prose style and content of the first 150 pages had me riveted and on verge of tears.
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Interesting and "strangely enchanting".
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I don't usually read this kind of stuff but it's a popular book so I thought I'd give it a try- and I liked it. Great writing. Glad I took a chance.
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This book was not good, despite what all the other reviews say...it just wasn't. The Lovely Bones was sad, depressing, and disturbing. On top of that it didn't even end well...I could have gotten over the depressing parts of the book if it ended on a happy note. Don't read it. Don't waist your time.
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A must read book.
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Great book!
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I found myself completely gripped to this book. Sebold's fluid writing enchants readers. However, it is a haunting tale that made my skin creep and a first chapter I would rather erase from my memory with the next book I read. The story is tragic and weaves throughout the pages in an unexpected path; rarely taking the form where you would find other books going involving the same subject. I found it as disappointing as I did enchanting. It is without a doubt though, absolutely a good book; even fantastic at levels.
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Very good book.. Keeps your interest the entire time. A must read
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I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be disturbing, emotional, and loving throughout the book.
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Riveting! I could not put it down. I got the book and had it read in 24 hours. Fabulous... I would highly recommend this book.
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I had heard of this book and had friends say they had read the book and liked it. My interest was really peaked once I started seeing the previews of the new Peter Jackson movie that comes out this month. I started reading the book on a Wednesday and finished it on a Friday - that's how "in" the book I got. You truly feel like you are a part of the book and going through all the emotions the family is going through. I am not going to say that this is a GREAT book, but definetly a GOOD book...and a must read. It makes you think! I am anxiously awaiting the movie so that I can compare and get a chance to see what Suzie's heaven looks like on the big screen.
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This book was a very enjoyable read. Enjoyable is a strange word to attribute to a novel about a fourteen year old girl who was raped and murdered, but I found myself not able to put it down. It is suspenseful in a beautifully abstract way. Sebold establishes rich character who are routed in real emotions. They fear, love, and fail. Hope is redemptive, and love- prevailing. This book was enriching to my thoughts. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a quick, meaningful read.
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I felt compelled to write a review on The Lovely Bones. I saw the movie poster the other night in the theatre. I, of course, had heard of the book, but didn't want to read it because of the graphic content. I changed my mind and started......I could not put this book down! I read it in two days, and for me that is amazing since I have four kids. It reminds us how fragile life is and also to cherish what we have. Told through the eyes of Susie, a 14 year old girl, it is truly fascinating. Enjoy.
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So good! And SOOOOOOOO much better than the movie. The movie tries to shield you from what actually happened to Susie Salmon whereas in the book, you are aware of every minute detail. It is so horrifying and yet so poignant and beautiful.
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A family struggles to accept the brutal murder of their 14-year-old daughter, as she watches them from heaven.
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* *. Drama. A young girl who is brutally murdered watches from heaven as her family copes with her loss and her unsolved murder and tries to move on.

While the book held my attention, I was often taken out of the story by some far-fetched scenes. From the adult language of the child-narrator, to the mind-reading, the voyeurism (sans curiosity), the "eviction" (you'll understand when you read it), asking all of this seems over-the-top in a novel that wants to be "literate".
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It took awhile, but the book did eventually grow on me.
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This book was so morbid and kind of uncomfortable to read at times. I would never read it again. The topic of book though was so horrific. :( It was well written though.
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Good book but sad.
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Good. Ejoyed it
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My name is Salmon, like the fishm first name Susie, I was fouteeen when I was murdered on Dec. 6, 1973. So begins the story of Susie Salmon, who is adjusting to her new home in heaven, a place that is not at all what she expected, even as she is watching life on earth continue without her-her friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her killer trying to cover his tracks, her grief-stricken family unraveling. Out of unspeakable tragedy and loss the Lovely Bones succeeds, miraculously, in buidling a tale filled with hope, humor, suspense , even joy.
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My name was Salmon,like the fish: first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. "So begins the story of Susie Salmon, who is adjusting to her new home in heaven, a place that is not at all what she expected, even as she is watching life on earth continue without her-her friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her killer trying to cover his tracks, her grief-stricken family unraveling. Out of unspeakable tragedy and loss, The Lovely Bones succeeds, miraculously, in building a tale filled with hope, humor, suspense, even joy.
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From the back cover:
"My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973" So begins the story of Susie Salmon, who is adjusting to her new home in heaven, a place that is not at all what she expected, even as she is watching life on earth continue without her- her friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her killer trying to cover his tracks, her grief-stricken family unraveling. Out of unspeakable tragedy and loss, The Lovely Bones succeeds, miraculously, in building a tale filled with hope, humor, suspense, even joy.
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"My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973"
So begins the story of Susie, who is adjusting to her new home in heaven, even as she is watching life on earth continue without her-
her firends trading rumors, her killer covering his tracks and her grief stricken family unraveling.

Wonderful Book..
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I ended up with two copies of this one~
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"My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973." So begins the story of Susie Salmon, who is adjusting to her new home in heaven, a place that is not at all what she expected, even as she is watching life on earth continue without her--- her friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her killer trying to cover his tracks, her grief-stricken family unraveling. Out of unspeakable tragedy and loss, The Lovely Bones succeeds, miraculously, in building a tale filled with hope, suspense, even joy.