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Topics: The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold, Emotion Pages: 2 (893 words) Published: September 23, 2014
Title

“The Lovely Bones”

Author

Alice Sebold

Text Type

Novel

Synopsis

The novel is about a young girl, Susie Salmon, who is brutally raped and murdered by her neighbor, George Harvey, a serial killer of women and girls. She was 14 years old. After her death, she goes to a kind of heaven, and start watching her friends and family trying to move on with their lives and her murder still free. One year after Susie’s death her sister and father begin to suspect of the neighbor and look for evidences to incriminate him. Susie fights to get justice and to see her family moving on after their lost.

Personal response

This is one of the most remarkable books I’ve read. Apart from the shocking beginning of the book, Susie telling her brutal murder, the rest is really emotional. The book makes an unacceptable tragedy, a family grief and the impossibility of justice, a really beautiful and hopeful story. It is intense and moving, and that kind of reading that once started can’t be left aside. It is interesting that Susie tells her murder at the beginning of the book in a quite emotionless and neutral way. Even though gives the reader a lot of emotions while she describes the horror she felt. Susie is a character really friendly and you easily get involved with her on the first pages, feeling bad for all she suffered. Her descriptions of the world are pure and innocent but at the same time really mature. Another thing I really enjoyed about the book is that the murderer identity it’s not the main point of the story so it didn’t became those (in my opinion) annoying stories that take decades to reveal who is the person. The main point of the story is the way that Susie chooses to deal with the unacceptable reality that she’s dead, how her family reacts to this and how to move on after such a tragedy. The big teaching of this book is that love, sometimes, is about let it go. Move on because death is a natural and inevitable thing of life, and...
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