TITLE: The Lovely Bones AUTHOR: Alice Sebold AUTHOR WEBSITE: www.AliceSebold.com GENRE: Young Adult, Mystery, Crime PUBLISHED: July 3, 2002 – Little,
Brown and Company MY RATING: 3
of fourteen-year-old Susie Salmon describes her murder, her surprise at her new
home in heaven, and her witness to her family's grief, efforts to find the
killer, and attempts to come to terms with what has happened.
her story from heaven. She tells us how she was lured into an underground cave
where she was brutally raped and murdered. This is not a “who dun it” book. She
shows us from the start. This book is a gripping piece about grief, love, and
family with an odd coming-of-age angle. She has trouble letting go. She is in
heaven (almost/sort of) but won’t let go of the “why” to be able to go fully
really appreciate when people make stuff up about heaven. Not that I have
strong views about what it will be like, I just avoid filling my head with
ideas, I don’t think it will be anything like what anyone thinks. I was annoyed
at everything that happened in the “heaven” scenes and noticed I breezed
through those parts. Avoidance.
My opinion about
the storyline is that it is AWEFUL, only because it is so painful to hear about
a child being raped and murdered. It was painful to read this book from
beginning to end. Their family is of course torn apart because of the murder of
Suzie. Of course her father went crazy looking for his baby, of course her
mother avoided the pain and had an affair. It was hard to finish because of all
the pain in this novel. But one can say that it did its job. It made an
impression. It got to me. I wanted to cry. I wanted to kill the bad guy.
With that in
mind I am having a hard time determining the “time value” of this novel. I
almost wished I hadn’t read it because of all the pain in it. Yet, Alice did
her job by getting to me through all that emotion. When I think about the
latter, I say 3. But when I think about how much it hurt, I’m settling on a 2:
Not quite worth the time invested.
TITLE: The Lovely Bones
RATING: PG-13 MOVIE WEBSITE: GENRE: Drama, Fantasy RELEASE DATE: January 15, 2010 STARING: Rachel Weisz, Mark
Wahlberg, Saoirse Ronan MY RATING: 2
I was wary
to watch this movie for a while after I read the book. I finally decided to
take a swing at it. This is the first time I have ever said this and probably
the last, but the movie was better than the book. I could cope with the story
easier. I, of course, saw less of the family’s struggle. But I got to actually
see what Suzie was describing in the weird heaven. When I read about weird
stuff that I’ve not seen with my own two eyes, it’s hard to grasp. But it was
beautiful and riveting watching huge ships in bottles crashing along the rocky
shores. That was cool.
Not a lot
was changed. As usual, stuff was combined and scenes were shortened or omitted.
But they did a good job condensing it. I still hated the rape and murder part
so it was still revolting. But to actually watch the justice in the end made me
2: Fair: Not quite
worth it. Still hard to stomach this story.