Book Review: “The Lovely Bones”

By Nicole Antista
May 1, 2003

“The Lovely Bones,” a novel by Alice Sebold, is an excellent book if you like excitement and mystery at the same time. The book is about Susie Salmon and her life that in heaven.

When the book opens and when we meet Susie, she is already in heaven and begins to tell her story of how she got there. She talks about her life following her death. She watches her family from heaven and explains what they are going through and how she wishes she was there.

It is interesting because when she describes her heaven, she says that it looks a lot like her school playground. We learn that everyone who is in heaven with her has a different heaven compared to hers. All of the other people’s heavens relate to their lives. There is one part in heaven that they all can go to that doesn’t relate to anyone of them, it is just a place to sit and relax and look down on the earth.

Her father goes crazy and tries to find the person who raped and killed Susie. He wants to kill the murderer because he feels that is the only way that Susie and her family will gain justice.

This book is astonishing and luminous. It is a novel that takes grief and molds it into hopefulness for its characters.

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