The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones

A Novel

Book - 2002
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Once in a generation a novel comes along that taps a vein of universal human experience, resonating with readers of all ages. THE LOVELY BONES is such a book -- a #1 bestseller celebrated at once for its artistry, for its luminous clarity of emotion, and for its astonishing power to lay claim to the hearts of millions of readers around the world.
"My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973."
So begins the story of Susie Salmon, who is adjusting to her new home in heaven, a place that is not at all what she expected, even as she is watching life on earth continue without her -- her friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her killer trying to cover his tracks, her grief-stricken family unraveling. Out of unspeakable tragedy and loss, THE LOVELY BONES succeeds, miraculously, in building a tale filled with hope, humor, suspense, even joy.
The major motion picture version of THE LOVELY BONES, directed by Peter Jackson and starring Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, and Saoirse Ronan is scheduled for release on December 11, 2009.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316044400
9780316001823
9780316166683
9780316168816
0316168815
0316166685
9780316666343
0316666343
Branch Call Number: SEBO
Characteristics: 328 p

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Rozywang
Aug 15, 2017

I read most of this in public and it was a big mistake. I kept having to hold in my tears several times. The Lovely Bones will reach into your chest and rip out your heart.

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KeenaL
Aug 29, 2016

This made me cry so many times, but it was definitely a worthwhile read. I love the description of lives moved on from trauma, such as losing a child, sister, and friend. It is such a beautiful read.

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BigBooks000
Mar 28, 2016

I heard people talking about the movie, but I hadn't seen it. I decided to read the book first. It wasn't what I expected at all. I truly enjoyed this book of "What If?" What if you could return from the spirit world? What would you do, or who would you visit? This book inspired me to use my imagination and reflect on what I might do. This story was from the view point of the departed Suzie. I couldn't put the book down as I wanted to know what would happen to Suzie Salmon. Some things in the story really upset me, but then again... people are human. I recommend this book to all my friends!

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vuhnehsuh
Oct 23, 2015

I thought the overall idea of this book was really interesting. But when I was midway through, I began to get bored. I felt a few of the chapters could have been omitted. All in all, it takes some time to get into this book, but once this book grabs you, it's a page turner.

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blue_cobra_671
Aug 20, 2015

Really good book. I would recommend it to most of my friends.

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KShaheed321
Aug 20, 2015

the movie is great too!!

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ValLaud
Apr 08, 2015

Nice book but you might want to read carefully because its easy to get confused by it. Well thought out but the writing itself could have been better. I don't recommend the movie though.

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Karen9
Dec 24, 2014

This book was alright, I felt it wasn't exactly the book I anticipated it would be. I dislike the certain times of how things were, how the mother cheated on the father was one of the parts I really disliked, and sometimes wished that I hadn't read those parts. Aside from that the book is a decent story, and heart breaking.

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ashanthifrancis
Aug 04, 2014

Susie Salmon had a fairly good life. She was pretty, had supportive parents, two wonderful siblings, a boy who thought she was beautiful, and she excelled in most subjects at school. But from the first sentence of this book we learn that none of those things mattered anymore. Yes, her last name was Salmon, like the fish. Yes, her first name was Susie. But she was also fourteen years old, and she would be fourteen years old for a very long time. Because Susie Salmon was fourteen years old when she was murdered, on December 6th, 1973. Susie begins with the gruesome details of her murder. Early on, we learn that she was murdered by Mr. Harvey, a man who lived in her neighbourhood. Susie enters heaven, where she is able to watch over her family and the life she was pulled from. She sees her family struggle to move on and watches as her murderer remains in his home. Mr. Harvey begins to seem very suspicious to Susie’s father, and so begins his quest to find his daughter’s murderer.
Alice Sebold writes The Lovely Bones with a wisdom that could only be expressed through the eyes of Susie. The title refers to something Susie says while recalling her family’s newfound strength. “These were the lovely bones that had grown around my absence: the connections—sometimes tenuous, sometimes made at great cost, but often magnificent—that happened after I was gone. And I began to see things in a way that let me hold the world without me in it.” This novel shows that out of great tragedy can come hope and love. Susie Salmon is a character who leaves an impact on people with her chilling parting words of, “I wish you all a long and happy life.”

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debrahutton
Jul 28, 2014

This was the first of Sebold's books that I read. After finishing reading Lucky again I couldn't resist reading The Lovely Bones again. I found it to be as thought provoking as when I read it 10 years ago. Sebold captures the reader from the first paragraph and doesn't let go! I think the thing that I love the most about this book is that everyone who reads it seems to get something else out of it.

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KShaheed321
Aug 20, 2015

A young girl gets murdered by a quite unnoticable neighborhood man. she guides her father and sister to find out the truth through the presence of her soul

platypus101 Jul 11, 2013

Susie "like the fish" Salmon. She's been dead since December 6, 1973. She was fourteen years old when she was raped and murdered by her neighbor. Here's how it happened. It's a cold snowy afternoon. After school, Susie takes a shortcut through the cornfield to her suburban Pennsylvania home. Mr. Harvey (who she recognizes but doesn't know) is in the cornfield. He's built an underground shelter, with a door that's covered with earth. He piques Susie's curiosity and lures her into the hole. She quickly learns this is a mistake, and he rapes and then kills her. Right now she's in heaven, which she soon learns is her personal heaven – everybody gets one when they die.

teal_tiger_lilly Aug 03, 2012

a 14 year old girl is killed when she is going to a 36 year old mans house just to see his den ... she is killed and cut with a razor... the family is speechless and tries to find a way to move forward in their life

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 25, 2012

On December 6, 1973, in a suburb of Philadelphia, 14-year-old Susie Salmon takes her usual shortcut home from her school through a cornfield. George Harvey, a 36-year-old single man who lives alone and builds doll houses for a living, persuades her to have a look at an underground den he has recently dug in the field. Once she has entered it, he rapes and murders her with a shaving razor and dismembers her body, putting her remains in a safe that he dumps in a sinkhole. Susie's spirit flees toward her personal heaven.
The Salmon family at first refuses to accept the fact that Susie is dead, until Susie's elbow is found by the neighbor's dog. The police talk to Harvey, finding him strange but seeing no reason to suspect him. Susie's father Jack, on extended leave from work, begins to suspect Harvey, a sentiment his surviving daughter Lindsey comes to share

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mbazal
Dec 29, 2010

It is the story of a teenage girl who, after being raped and murdered, watches from Heaven as her family and friends struggle to move on with their lives while she comes to terms with her own death. The novel received much critical praise and became an instant bestseller.

EPLPicks_Teen Apr 07, 2010

An unusual coming-of-age story in which Susie, the 14-year-old narrator, watches from heaven over her family, her murderer and the police detective working on her case.

Fourteen-year-old Susie looks down from heaven and describes the horrifying events of her murder, while her family struggle to cope with the pain of her death.

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hazele1
Aug 09, 2016

"A father's suspicion is as powerful as a mother's intuition"

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KShaheed321
Aug 20, 2015

"shes in the inbetween..."

platypus101 Jul 11, 2013

Inside the snow globe on my father's desk, there was a penguin wearing a red-and-white-striped scarf. When I was little my father would pull me into his lap and reach for the snow globe. He would turn it over, letting all the snow collect on the top, then quickly invert it. The two of us watched the snow fall gently around the penguin. The penguin was alone in there, I thought, and I worried for him. When I told my father this, he said, "Don't worry, Susie; he has a nice life. He's trapped in a perfect world.

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mudflapflossy
Jul 17, 2012

Our only kiss was like an accident- a beautiful gasoline rainbow

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mudflapflossy
Jul 17, 2012

My name is Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered

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mbazal
Dec 29, 2010

“Had my brother really seen me somehow, or he was he merely a little boy telling beautiful lies?” (p. 95)

“How to commit the perfect murder was an old game in heaven. I always chose the icicle: the weapon melts away.” (p. 125)

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mbazal
Dec 29, 2010

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mbazal
Dec 29, 2010

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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mbazal
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