The Lovely Bones-Book Review

Published: Tuesday, 06 October 2009 Written by Rainne Lawrence

The Lovely Bones

By Alice Sebold


An International Best Seller, The Lovely Bones is an intriguing and sentimental novel by Alice Sebold. It is about a fourteen-year old girl, Susie Salmon, who was murdered.  Susie, the narrator and victim, tells her story from the vantage of Heaven as she watches her family grieve over her death, her friends grow into adults, and her murderer walk free.  The novel begins with more horror than one can imagine but closes with more beauty than one could hope for.


The main character and narrator, Susie Salmon, tells the story of her death and the way in which her family and friends live their lives after her murder.  Also, in specific parts of the novel, Susie tells of what ‘her Heaven’ is like.  It gives detail of the author’s perspective of Heaven through a teenager’s eyes.  The way the novel is written gives the reader the straightaway fact that the many missing girls in this world are not just martyred innocents or tabloid icons, but real human beings.


The definite best part of the novel is the end.  Although the entire read was amazingly interesting, the last chapter (epilogue) named ‘Bones’, tells if Susie’s murderer is found and what her family develops into in the future.  The novel is quite mature but still something a teenager can pick up and fully understand.  This might be the reason for the novel itself being written.  Sebold wanted to allow teenagers, or even young readers, to understand the importance of family and trust and also to grasp their own perspective of Heaven and innocence.


The novel, The Lovely Bones, is definitely a book that can be read over and over again and something new can be pulled out of it every time.  It is recommended to any reader, young or old, who wants mystery, suspense and also sadness and joy.  The Lovely Bones is savagely beautiful and holds the stuff of neighborhood tragedy, turned into literature.

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