The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

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Read The Lovely Bones Online Free - The Lovely Bones is the story of a family devastated by a gruesome murder -- a murder recounted by the teenage victim. Upsetting, you say? Remarkably, first-time novelist Alice Sebold takes this difficult material and delivers a compelling and accomplished exploration of a fractured family's need for peace and closure.

The details of the crime are laid out in the first few pages: from her vantage point in heaven, Susie Salmon describes how she was confronted by the murderer one December afternoon on her way home from school. Lured into an underground hiding place, she was raped and killed. But what the reader knows, her family does not. Anxiously, we keep vigil with Susie, aching for her grieving family, desperate for the killer to be found and punished.

Sebold creates a heaven that's calm and comforting, a place whose residents can have whatever they enjoyed when they were alive -- and then some. But Susie isn't ready to release her hold on life just yet, and she intensely watches her family and friends as they struggle to cope with a reality in which she is no longer a part. To her great credit, Sebold has shaped one of the most loving and sympathetic fathers in contemporary literature.



Title : The Lovely Bones
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ISBN : 0316166685
Edition Language : English
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Number of Pages : 328 pages


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Sarah rated it ★☆☆☆☆

September 24, 2007

The Lovely Bones has got to be the most baffling, poorly written, jaw-droppingly bad book that I have ever set my eyes on. It is truly a black, black tragedy that the words in this book were placed in that particular order, published, and distributed. How could this have ever possibly been popula...


Seth rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 20, 2013

One book, two rapes. How's that for a bargain? (The book only advertises one.) Yuck. The book in question is Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones. I'm not giving anything away by saying it's a book about a girl (the narrator) who was murdered. That's revealed in the book's second sentence. It's also no...


Lee rated it ★★★☆☆

June 13, 2007

The greatest first 30 pages ever. The worst rest.


KT rated it ★☆☆☆☆

January 23, 2008

Haaaaaated it. I am one of those OCD literary nerds who takes on a war bunker mentality with books that I've started and dislike: "I will see this through to the end." For "The Lovely Bones," I made an exception. Somewhere, sometime, someone told Sebold she could write. That person should be made...


Carolynn rated it ★★★★★

September 21, 2007

I worked at Borders for more than a year and I worked the boring ass registers, usually at night whic was always slow. I leaned there with my chin in my hand staring at the shelves actually wishing that I could help customers in their purchases. It's purely insane, but I think that's what happens...


Ana rated it ★★★★★

February 09, 2017

“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 on the top, then quickly invert it. The two of us watch...


Lola rated it ★★★☆☆

May 30, 2016

The moment I finished The Lovely Bones, I let out a long, slow and heavy breath. Because that was some damn satisfying ending. I strongly believe that if you go into this book thinking it will be creepy, scary, mysterious, fast-paced and full of shocking revelations, you will be tempted to put it a...


Ted rated it ★☆☆☆☆

July 28, 2007

Two-dimensional stereotyped characters -Mother – living with the regret of losing her independence to the demands of childrearing. The tragic loss of a daughter accelerates her departure from those heavy burdens and into the arms of the detective working the case. -Father – obsessed to the point th...


Claire rated it ★☆☆☆☆

April 14, 2008

This book has single handedly shown me that I spend too much time skimming and not enough time really reading and thinking about the books I have been reading. I have two kids and so I'm busy and I often find myself reading when I am stealing time or tired. But that is not even an excuse for this...


Amanda rated it ★★★★★

December 23, 2008

I can't review this book by thinking about the plot or about theme and diction, for it is only (and truly) a series of snapshots, candid and sore, that piece together the lives of living people. The delicate sweet soul of a father; a grandmother with the heart of an empath; a sister whose youth a...





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