Book Title: The Lovely Bones
Author: Alice Sebold
Category: fiction: general
I was told last week that I was the only one in the house who had not read The Lovely Bones, so it became my next book to read & review.
I’m still quite conflicted about this book, more than 2 days after finishing it, I’m unsure of what exactly to write in this review. The story is told from the perspective of a young girl, Susie, who is murdered, and then narrates the consequences, following her family, friends, and her murderer for years following her death. The perspective from which the readers observe the story is very different than any books I’ve read in the past, and reading The Lovely Bones was certainly a new experience.
The subject matter itself was extremely disturbing, as were some of the characters, and the consequences of Susie’s murder. But then again, murder and its consequences are disturbing in the real world, and this work of fiction (accurately?) conveys that.
There were also some very beautiful moments in The Lovely Bones, and maybe I cried a little bit in some places.
The story doesn’t contain justice, doesn’t wrap up nicely, but again, that makes it all the more real.
“These were the lovely bones that had grown around my absence: the connections – sometimes tenuous, sometimes made at great cost, but often magnificent – that happened after I was gone.” (320)
I think this is as far as I will or can go with this review. I’m still quite conflicted and confused about how I feel about The Lovely Bones. I might return to this review in the future but right now I’ll leave it like this.