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The Lovely Bones

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  1,299,648 ratings  ·  32,111 reviews
The Lovely Bones is the story of a family devastated by a gruesome murder -- a murder recounted by the teenage victim. Upsetting, you say? Remarkably, first-time novelist Alice Sebold takes this difficult material and delivers a compelling and accomplished exploration of a fractured family's need for peace and closure.

The details of the crime are laid out in the first few
Mass Market, 328 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2002)
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Gizella Tóth Yes, mostly. I enjoyed the story, I am interested in such things (though I found heaven quite boring:)) but I was deeply disappointed when it turned…moreYes, mostly. I enjoyed the story, I am interested in such things (though I found heaven quite boring:)) but I was deeply disappointed when it turned to be sex in the 22nd chapter. I do not know what I was waiting for but not this. It didn't fit into the storyline, it was disillusioning and spoiled the whole thing.(less)
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Sep 24, 2007 Sarah rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: enemies
The Lovely Bones has got to be the most baffling, poorly written, jaw-droppingly bad book that I have ever set my eyes on. It is truly a black, black tragedy that the words in this book were placed in that particular order, published, and distributed. How could this have ever possibly been popular? Is it for the same reason that the song “My Humps” hit number one? I mean, I don’t technically believe in burning books, but this novel really got me thinking. About burning it.

If it serves any use at
Seth Hahne
Mar 20, 2013 Seth Hahne rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one, really
Shelves: bookclub
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The greatest first 30 pages ever. The worst rest.
Jan 23, 2008 KT rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who subscribe to Readers' Digest without any sense of irony
Haaaaaated it. I am one of those OCD literary nerds who takes on a war bunker mentality with books that I've started and dislike: "I will see this through to the end."
For "The Lovely Bones," I made an exception.
Somewhere, sometime, someone told Sebold she could write. That person should be made to apologize to me, in person, and to all other poor souls who were duped into buying this shlock.
The literary press also needs to break out the cattails for a serious bout of flogging. Lev Grossman of
I worked at Borders for more than a year and I worked the boring ass registers, usually at night whic was always slow. I leaned there with my chin in my hand staring at the shelves actually wishing that I could help customers in their purchases. It's purely insane, but I think that's what happens anytime you place someone in any kind of confinement. The thing is that if I wasn't a register girl, I would have constant actual contact with the books themselves.

All lunacy aside, one book that I sta
Jul 28, 2007 Ted rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: my worst enemy
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Claire Greene
Apr 14, 2008 Claire Greene rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nobody
This book has single handedly shown me that I spend too much time skimming and not enough time really reading and thinking about the books I have been reading. I have two kids and so I'm busy and I often find myself reading when I am stealing time or tired. But that is not even an excuse for this book. When i read the book I thought it was pretty good. Not great, but not bad. I liked the concept and the fact that the girl was the narrator. I like a murder mystery, so I liked the suspense of wait ...more
Dec 23, 2008 Amanda rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Passionate, touched-by-life types
Recommended to Amanda by: I've heard OF it, so bought it when I found it on the shelf @ Ed McKay
I can't review this book by thinking about the plot or about theme and diction, for it is only (and truly) a series of snapshots, candid and sore, that piece together the lives of living people. The delicate sweet soul of a father; a grandmother with the heart of an empath; a sister whose youth and adulthood travel arm in arm; a numb and emptied mother; a young girl then grown woman living pierced on the periphery. This book is about the people in my life and yours whose very essence is pinned d ...more
Nov 01, 2014 tee rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people wishing to ponder their views on heaven (and good writing)
Shelves: i-own, bbc-big-read
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Jun 11, 2007 Steven rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: masochists
This was the book that made me realise the serious flaw in the theory that if lots of people you see on the tube are reading a book, it must be good. I would say with some confidence that this is the worst book I've ever read in my entire life.

The only thing that kept me going to the end was sheer bloody-mindedness; a determination not to be defeated by any book no matter how brain-deflatingly awful it is. That said, the endless cloying sentimentality in this almost made me throw it in the bin o
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Jan 28, 2008 Kim rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kim by: Michelle, Valerie
Wow. I'm surprised that there was so much animosity towards this book (from the reviews here on Good Reads). Even if I didn't like it, I don't think I'd find so much in it to HATE it. The approach is different, which some might call trite or some call imaginative. I think I just liked Susie. She spoke what was on her mind, the perspective was fresh and the subject wasn't typical. Maybe this was a product of hype? I hadn't heard of it until a few friends recommended it to me last week. It took me ...more
"These were the lovely bones that had grown around my absence: the connections – sometimes tenuous, sometimes made at a great cost, but often magnificent – that happened after I was gone."

I hardly ever read books when they are first released. I always seem to be a few years behind, for whatever reason. Sometimes this works to my advantage, as it allows me to avoid a degree of hype that surrounds certain books. I do remember seeing the blue cover of The Lovely Bones on shelves in every bookstore
Jason Koivu
Well that wasn't a happy happy good time...

The Lovely Bones is going to be difficult to review without spoilers, so if you haven't read it yet I'm gonna have to go ahead and ask you to leave, m'kay?

Why am I not surprised to learn that Alice Sebold was raped at a young age? Because only someone who'd been through something as horrific as that would write a book like this. I'm not just talking about the subject matter, but rather the tone. Everything about this book is a victim's silent scream. Su
S C Tisdale
Oct 22, 2007 S C Tisdale rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: retards
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Meg ♥

Let me start this off by saying that I really wanted to like this book. Although the subject of a little girl being brutally raped and murdered is extremely disturbing I thought it would be interesting to read about her in the afterlife as she watched her family try to solve her murder.

There is not much that I can even say without giving things away, but I did not like this book at all. I still had about 50 pages to go before I stopped reading this, and I may go back and finish it, but for now I
Jul 05, 2010 Fiona rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
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Emily May
After hearing all the hype about this book, I couldn't wait to read it and discover how amazing it is for myself. I was greatly disappointed.

How has this book become such a worldwide success? It's slow, boring and there is no real connection with any of the characters. I found myself disliking everyone in the book.
The overall idea could have been very good, even though it isn't exactly original, but I just thought the author didn't make the most of this great idea that she had. The best part of
Nov 04, 2007 Suyana rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people you want to let out a good cry
"The Lovely Bones," had me crying from start to finish. This book is extremely emotion packed. But this book was interestingly written because it's from the point of view from a girl who was murdered. The book starts like this: "My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973." Already you want to read it; right? You follow the life that this young girl once had as she tells you about the memories she had, the things she learned, and t ...more
Alice Sebold
The Lovely Bones
New York: Little Brown & Company, 2002
329 pp. 21.95

Susie Salmon, a young girl murdered at fourteen, sits in her heaven as she watches her family grieve, suffer and fall apart without her. Susie follows the lives of her family and friends as they struggle to cope with the aftermath of her death. In watching her family on Earth, Susie’s journey to understanding the life she was robbed of becomes the central idea in the extraordinary novel “The Lovely B
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Cana Rensberger for

THE LOVELY BONES will haunt you. This book tells the story of the most horrific thing a family could ever endure, the murder of a loved one, a child.

The child is 14-year-old Susie Salmon. We see the murder through her eyes, after she is killed. Susie narrates her story from heaven, a place like I'd not before imagined. Her heaven begins as her school playground. Slowly it grows to become more. Susie merely longs for something she misses from earth
Have you ever read the introduction to a book and thought the notion so interesting, you began forming ideas for the story in your head?

This was exactly the case for me with 'The Lovely Bones'... It started out as I imagined but really fell apart as the story faltered on. I found it very disappointing and wish another author would run with the idea but in a completely different direction.
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them bones them bones them OVERRATED bones!

I am trying to make sure my review doesn't sound like I guzzled two quarts of hateraid, so bear that in mind.

I hated this lame piece of crap. Seriously, I get why the world wanted this kind of book, but I really don't get why it's become this omghugebestseller. I hated this book back when it was called "Beloved".
mark monday
the first chapter is pretty impressive: a perfectly captured voice, a suspenseful and disturbing narrative, a jarring end. overall that first part was a moving and challenging experience. the rest of the novel is less impressive, but there is an originality to it that was appealing. the First Person Omniscient perspective has been remarked upon in many reviews - and it does make this book a rather unusual experience. that personalized omniscience creates an at-times annoying quirkiness, but also ...more
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Before reading The Lovely Bones, I read Lucky, the memoir in which Alice Sebold gives a graphic account of her rape, at age eighteen, and her eventual face-to-face meeting with her rapist in court. I read both books shortly after they were released. What’s prompting me to add this review now is that I just learned two things: Sebold has written a third book called The Almost Moon; and a movie based on The Lovely Bones is scheduled for release in December, 2009.

In The Lovely Bones four
Jan 16, 2008 Chelsey rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone that likes mysteries
The fictional story of the Lovely Bones was really sad, but intriguing at the same time.The book was about a girl named Susie,she was 14 years old and had a wonderful loving family who cared deeply about each other.She was loved by many.One day as Susie was walking across the field from school she was stopped by a man who would destroy her life and the lives of everyone that loved her.He not only ruined her life forever,but her family and friends will never be the same.What he did was so disgus ...more
Nov 30, 2014 Renee rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who want easy fluff
When I used to live in New York (before I knew anyone) I used to wile away the hours wandering around The Strand, not because I was particularly fond of that specific bookstore or anything, but because it was sort of on the way home (my subway line at least, and when you've got a monthly pass who cares?) and no one would bug me and it was relatively warm in the winter. Another thing that I just remember about New York that is the reason why I picked this book up in the first place is this: on sa ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
I would never have read this if it weren't for my bookclub. Having avoided it since it came out, I had very low expectations and so was surprised to be engrossed in the story - untill, about half-way through, it seemed to lose the plot and meandered around aimlessly, getting repetitive as it tried to wring emotion out of its characters, and me.

Susie Salmon is dead. She begins her story by describing how she is murdered, and her family's reaction. From her place in heaven, she can watch anyone s
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 2.75* of five

The Book Report: .Susie Salmon is dead. She knows she's dead, and she's even indoctrinated into the rules of the Afterlife by Franny, her spirit guide: Heaven can be whatever you want it to be. What Susie wants is to be part of the life she's supposed to leave behind.

Susie was murdered. And she doesn't want her killer to go unpunished.

Susie watches as her killer kills again, and again, and her father—resolutely pursuing leads the police have dismissed, with the help of Susie
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Alice Sebold is an American writer. She has published three books: Lucky (1999), The Lovely Bones (2002), and The Almost Moon (2007).

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