Review: The Lovely Bones


“Lovely bones” by Alice Sebold is a story of a girl named Susan Salmon who was raped and murdered at the age of 14. The story is told in her point of view, even after she is murdered.  It tells of her family and her two friends Ray and Ruth. Ray was Susie’s first kiss and Ruth was the girl Susie accidently touched on her way to heaven. This connects Ray and Ruth in an inseparable way.

There were many parts that were extremely slow, boring and unneeded. The grandmother was one of my favorite characters with her crazy antics and wonderful personality. The mother was my least favorite character. She ran away from her problems and was very selfish in my opinion. I felt the story really showed the pain of the family and how Susie’s death brought them closer and tore them apart.

My favorite part would have to be the beginning when Mr. Harvey was still living in town. It got very dramatic, scary and emotional in these parts. After he moved away things felt very drawn out and unneeded.

My least favorite part would have to be the middle of the book, or when Susie was watching her mother. The mom made me so mad so often I could care less about her character.

I wouldn’t recommend this book, it was extremely slow and way too boring at times. If you aren’t much of a reader or if you can’t stand long narratives where not much happens, then don’t read this book.

This is the first time I recommend watching the movie over reading the book.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars.



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