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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Review - The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Title : The Lovely Bones

Author : Alice Sebold

Publisher : Hachette Audio Group

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Rating: You Gotta Read

Reviewed By : Brynna

THE LOVELY BONES, read by author, Alice Sebold. THE LOVELY BONES has been made into a motion picture, starring Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Mark Whalberg, Stanley Tucci, and Saoirse Ronan, and is scheduled to be released on Dec. 11, 2009.

It is a story of unspeakable tragedy and loss, but also of abiding love and even joy. With its astonishing force, THE LOVELY BONES has captured the hearts of millions of readers around the world.

At fourteen while walking home during the cold Autumn weather, Susie Salmon goes missing and is raped and murdered by the strange neighborhood recluse George Harvey. While her family, schoolmates, and the police search fruitlessly for her, the Gilbert's dog finds her elbow and the reallization that Susie is never coming back begins to settle into her small town. Questions are rampant as the community tries to drag itself back from the tragedy, while Susie watches her family and friends from her Heaven.

From Susie's point of view we are given omnificent views from each individual character. Susie almost becomes them, while staying a separate entity. Her family's grief, her father's obsession with finding her killer, and the destruction of her family becomes something both watched and experienced. I don't believe I've ever read a book told in quite this way before. Ms. Sebold handles the difficult situations with care, showing Susie's murder delicately as possible without omitting the horror from her readers. Her writing flows off the page into the hearts of her audience, leaving joy and hope to replace grief and fear. The author's emotional attachment to her characters is evident in the way she reads her work. This book certainly deserves a you gotta read.

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