The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I will admit, this book is not something I would normally read, but I picked it up, and it sounded interesting. I had no idea what it was, and boy am I glad I stepped out of my comfort zone. The Lovely Bones is an incredible read and quite the emotional journey,
I will freely admit that the book moved me to tears in several places. Not because of a specific chapter or even the setting, but rather a single line. There were a couple of instances within the book that just hit me for some reasons. One was when Susie sees her Grandfather again, they dance and then he leaves.
I am no great reviewer, I read for pleasure and to improve my own writing, and I don’t want to give away any spoilers because that would be unfair, to rob people of the full Lovely Bones experience.
The book takes us through grief and mourning in a way I have never seen before. We see how a single death can affect a community, and forever alter the course of lives. Even of those who had very little to do with the deceased when they were alive, and had no role in their death.
We see a family struggle, fall apart, and then slowly rebuild. We see relationships develop and crumble, and yet, above all of that, above the real world sufferings of those grieving a loss, we are made to wonder, if not for just a second, about those that pass on. If you believe in spirits, or a heaven (something I would love to do, but find myself lost on) then this book will make you pause. How do the dead mourn their passing. Sitting above us, watching out lives play out, how do they cope with what happened, and react to the chain of events that their death started.
A stunning masterpiece, this book is going straight back onto the TBR pile.
4 thoughts on “Review: The Lovely Bones”
That line you said about being no great reviewer struck home with me. Lately I’ve had trouble getting the words in my brain onto the page. I now believe it’s because I’m trying to hard to say something witty or profound and not just saying what I feel. It took me 2 hours to get a review written for “Twins of Evil”.
Sorry to be so off the subject. I guess it was just something that was bugging me.
Thanks. I too never know what to write with a review. I am always more afraid of misinterpreting something in the book or movie and then coming across as someone who has not actually read it, or watched it.
I guess I just need to relax a little with reviewing and just let the words, my meaning flow. That is what it is all about I guess, at the end of the day.
Glad you like it, thanks for commenting.
I enjoy all of your reviews immensely by the way 🙂
Thanks, Alex. I really appreciate that. If I try to write a review that’s all full of stuff like ‘well, this film is a throwback to the blah blah blah de blah yadda yadda yadda I come off sounding like a complete douchebag. If I do my best to write the way I talk then I do a whole lot better because my own personality comes through.
I liked your review Alex and I may add da Bones to my own TBR list. 😀