The Lovely Bones, Summer Reading Review

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Summer Reading Essay: The Lovely Bones

There is always a time in a person's life when they feel threatened by the fact that sometimes imminent death comes sooner to some than others. Alice Sebold talked about the results of that situation in The Lovely Bones. That person was, Susie Salmon, who was raped and killed on her way home from school, at the age of 14. The remaining four members of her family all deal differently with their grief throughout the book. Her father begins to obsess over finding the killer, her mother turns in on herself, beginning an affair with the investigating officer, and then running off to California to keep from dealing with the pain, and her sister, Lindsey keeps to herself but become’s very curious about the nearby neighbors and how they may be involved with Susie’s death. Although Susie has been murdered when she was introduced, oddly enough, this story is also about coming of age. She watches the life she left behind, from her own personal heaven, and how everything begins to shift and settle without her in it.

This book was extremely creepy. Although it was also disturbing, the book was amazingly well written. The way Alice Sebold wrote this book, made you want to keep reading. She would leave you finishing the chapter wanting more. This is a book about every family’s worst nightmare. The way she described the characters was marvelous. How she wrote Ruth was beautiful and so detailed, it’s almost as if you knew her personally and as a friend. This book was over the top impressive and definitely a book everyone should read again. You will find a deeper meaning every time you read again. The one word to describe this book would be…Brilliant.
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