THE LOVELY BONES Book Review by Claudia R.
“My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973.”
The Lovely Bones, written by Alice Sebold, was such a thought provoking novel, that kept you on your feet at all times. The story takes place in the eyes of a fourteen-year-old girl… This sounds rather average, except these eyes were coming from her Heaven. She was murdered, and nobody knew how or why, except of course, Susie and the murderer. Her dad had suspects, as did the police, but none could prove it. They found little clues, an elbow that showed up three days later in a dogs mouth, and books and love letters that she had dropped on her curious ways, but nothing that led anywhere but in circles. Susie knew how close they were, she wanted to help, so throughout the book, that is exactly what she tried to do.
“Don’t let me startle you,” Mr. Harvey said.
“I’ve built something back here,” he said. “Would you like to see?”
While reading this book, it was completely strange, but magnificent at the same moment. I grew attached not just to Susie, but to every other character involved. Each played an important role in a mystery that at times seemed too impossible to solve, and each was studied by Susie in her Heaven closely, which made it really difficult to say goodbye, when she left them at times, as a reader. The plot was very unique, as mentioned earlier. It almost started with the conclusion, what happened to this girl with the last name of a fish, and then went back into the details about how she grew up, and what each clue meant to her.
“I’ve made a little hiding place,” said Mr. Harvey. “Come and see.”
With each clue to the murder, and reaction of every person, I realized how realistic this book actually is. It seemed to me that the author grasped the thoughts of a man with a troubled childhood, the curiousity of a teenager, and the thirst for revenge of a dad that had lost his daughter, almost creepily. The book really showed that every little thing matters, and to always cherish what you have each moment that you have it. I can be honest in saying that the book opened up the eyes of this sixteen-year-old writing this. It showed me that you need to struggle to realize a miracle, and it takes some darkness for some light.
Overall, I was utterly enthralled by The Lovely Bones. The tone of the writing made it a very great, emotional read, and the words written within seemed to relate to every person that picks it up. Whether being a teen, or an adult, I really believe that everyone could appreciate this book in its’ entirety.
“The events that my death wrought were merely the bones of a body that would become whole at some unpredictable time in the future. The price of what I came to see as this miraculous body had been my life.”- Susie Salmon.