Thursday, December 17, 2009

Loving The Lovely Bones

For a long time, I think I was the only person in publishing who hadn't read The Lovely Bones. No more. I finished it after this morning's train ride and am ready to see the movie (Can Peter Jackson please be the director for all books to film?).

When we first meet 14-year-old Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. This was before milk carton photos and public service announcements, she tells us; back in 1973, when Susie mysteriously disappeared, people still believed these things didn't happen.

In the sweet, untroubled voice of a precocious teenage girl, Susie relates the awful events of her death and her own adjustment to the strange new place she finds herself. It looks a lot like her school playground, with the good kind of swing sets.

With love, longing, and a growing understanding, Susie watches her family as they cope with their grief, her father embarks on a search for the killer, her sister undertakes a feat of amazing daring, her little brother builds a fort in her honor and begin the difficult process of healing.

Anyone who hasn't read this fantastic novel needs to. I can't help hope the movie holds up!


Ashley said...

I'm currently reading this and loving it! It's a tear jerker for sure.

And I am soo excited for the movie; the trailer looks fantastic.

Michelle Schusterman said...

Just had to say AMEN to the Peter Jackson thing!! Yesyesyes!

I'm ashamed to say I haven't read this either. It is most definitely on my list, and the movie preview looks fantastic too.

Susan Adrian said...


I haven't read it yet either! Though it's been on the *want to* list for a long time...

Emma Michaels said...

I am looking forward to the movie. I agree though, I really hope that it holds up to the book because you book was wonderful. Love your post and hopefully it can spread the word about the novel!


june said...

I started the book, but didn't finish it because I found it too depressing, but I do intend to see the movie. I'd like to give the book another try at some point if nothing else than to see if it jibes with the film.

Lisa Desrochers said...

This book has been sitting on my shelf since February, but with all my YA "research" I alway have something else in front of it on my TBR list. Don Maass said that Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver is kind of a YA Lovely Bones, so I'm looking forward to that one too.

Melissa said...

This is seriously one of my favorite books ever. I really hope the movie lives up to it...I read in Entertainment that Peter Jackson ruins the film, but it just can't be possible. He's brilliant! :)

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TirzahLaughs said...

I loved the first part of the book but found the ending to be a let down.

Better than most books though.


Dee said...

I haven't read it either! But I'll push it to the front of the pile, now!

Suzyhayze said...

I loved this book. The beginning drew me right in. It is a great primer for grabbing attention.

I found the story arc strange, and felt she may not have known how to finish the book... But with such a strong beginning, and such a connection to the characters, it didn't seem to matter.

The truest test is memory. I think about that book... I think about the complexity of loss.

I'm also glad it was popular because my work has the "Danger to child" element that many shy away from. Sebold broke some barriers there, I'd say!

Glad you read it!

Happy Holidays Suzie!

Corra McFeydon said...

I read this a couple years ago and had forgotten how good it was (is.) That preview gave me chills. Thanks for posting.

(This is Corra at TNBW. Just wanted to pop in and say hello.)


Lea said...

I'm so excited to see this one, the trailer has me confidant that the movie will be incredible. :)

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2. I'm legitimately nocturnal (or a vampire). I will be so exhausted at two pm that I'm falling asleep standing up - it has happened before, at Six Flags no less - but as soon as the sun goes down I'm wide awake.

3. I have a gorgeous unused $6000 Reem Acra wedding dress hanging in my closet, and it showed up on my doorstep the same day my (now ex) fiance broke up with me. And thank God for that. I wouldn't have wanted to waste that dress on him.

4. Social anxiety plagues me daily. I write a script and practice in front of the mirror when I have to make a phone call, but most people who interact with me have no idea how nervous I am (or perhaps they lie) because I've worked so hard to try to overcome it.

5. I'm actually worried that I will never love my children (when I do have them in the far off future) as much as I love my dogs. I just like animals better than people - they're sweet and innocent and soft and furry - is that so wrong?