Last week a friend of mine recommended I pick up a copy of The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, after I told her I was in need of a change in my reading line up. I stopped by my local library and borrowed a copy the next day. My friend thought maybe if I read the book we could go together and catch the movie at the second string theater in our area. We both agreed it would be a great way to spend time together before the birth of my son in May.
I started reading the book that evening. I will be honest, I could not put it down! That night I laid awake in bed with my eyes wide open turning the pages of this beautiful and sad book.
The story begins with a young girl in heaven, she has been raped and murdered by one of her neighbor in 1973. Within a few pages of the story I was already crying.
The story is sad, but it is beautiful and filled with hope. The girl, Susie Salmon watches her family try to come to terms with her death and also begin healing from her own perfect version of heaven.
I read the entire book within one day, I loved it so much I decided to give it another read immediately. It still has the same effect on me. sadness and hope.
The Lovely Bones is maybe one of the best books I have ever read. It touched me in ways I cannot descibe with words. No book has ever had such an effect on me. I know the film cannot live up to the book but I am still anxious to see it.
I lost a family member to violence years back, this book gave me hope that maybe he found his perfect version of heaven, and in some way he lives forever, able to watch over the world he left behind while coming to peace with his own untimely death.
I would recommend this book to anyone, but I also give warning it is a tear jerker!