READER The Lovely Bones
PDF ò BOOK The Lovely Bones É On her way home from school on a snowy December day in 1973 14 year old Susie Salmon like the fish is lured into a makeshift underground den in a cornfield and brutally raped and murdered the latest victim of a serial killer the man she knew as her neighbor Mr HarveyMurdered the latest victim of a serial killer the man she knew as her neighbor Mr Harvey 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 waiting to see if the guy would get caught etc So when all was said and done and I finished the book I thought yeah okay Not bad but not great Then I went online here and read the other reviews particularly one by TheDane and I went HEY That's right I mean the writing alone is something I should have picked up one had I really been paying attention Pupils pulsing like olives?? Buttering toast with tears?? Umm I really must have been distracted or skimming like crazy because that is ridiculous And the real meaning of the final scene went WAY over my head which I am somewhat ashamed to admit When I read it I really was like yeah yeah oh that's sweet she got one night with her boyfriend which she had been cheated of and all But when you slow down and really think of this the enormity of that is overwhelming A young girl who dies after being RAPED A girl who's first sexual experience was RAPE by an older man A girl who actually barely knew this boy in her life This girl can only let go of life after having sex With that boy That she really didn't know that well That alone is enough to send of some big alarms But then you add that she was allowed to go back to earth to have sex??? Not see her family not comfort her father and brother and sister? Not point out the killer?? Nope heaven lets her go back then of all times not earlier when she wanted it or could have done both for justice and her family? So the admission to heaven is teen sex? Really? The way to overcome deep grief and gain acceptance and peace is again teen sex? Wow I missed out as a teen because that was NOT my experience Okay now louder warning bells should have been going off But the final issue she takes over the body of a friend Without the girl's knowledge or permission The friend who is a lesbian And uses her body to have sex with a boy Just taking over her body is a violation Taking over her body and using that time to have sex is another violation And to have sex with a boy knowing that is the antithesis of everything this friend would have wanted or agreed to is yet another violation What the hell??? And none of that gets brought up or mentioned No it is a feel good ending yeah I mean I have some pretty close friends some I have known for at least triple the time these two girls have known each other and if I somehow managed to just steal their bodies and have sex with a woman?? Well it would be good for me that I was already dead That is a betrayal in the worst sense on so many levels it is shocking And what of the possible conseuences? Pregnancy? STDs? Never mind the lesser conseuences of emotional damage damage to their friendship the trust issues etc etc etc????? After thinking about it and I was truly embarrassed to have not seen these dark and disturbing connotations made all the worse for the fact that the author serves this up as the feel good ending not noticing the irony at all of having the main character who was raped and violated in turn rape and violate a friend while denouncing the first act as a heinous crime and lauding the second act as happy ending? So in short I have learned my lesson and I am now making of an effort to truly read and then think about what I am reading
Alice Sebold ✓ The Lovely Bones READER
On her way home from school on a snowy December day in 1973 14 year old Susie Salmon like 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 itIf it serves any use at all it might be a perfect guide on how not to write a book Here are some of my gripes problems and issues that we can hopefully use to prevent something like this from ever happening again to us our children or our children’s childrenIt is filled with some of the worst sentence level writing that I have ever encountered From bad description to horrible grammar to utterly confusing metaphors Sebold covered it all A tell tale way to spot a weak writer? They can’t stop weirdly describing people’s eyes Don’t believe me? Try this sentence “Her eyes were like flint and flower petals” Or this one “The tears came like a small relentless army approaching the front lines of her eyes She asked for coffee and toast in a restaurant and buttered it with her tears” Really? She buttered the coffee and toast with her tears? Or this one this time about someone’s heart “Her heart like a recipe was reduced” What the hell?And here’s my favorite eye description in the book “Her pupils dilated pulsing in and out like small ferocious olives” That’s right Ferocious olives I’ve read MadLibs that make sense than thatIt seems to lack a plot You know that thing that books are supposed to have I’ll never forget my first workshop with Brady Udall in which he threw my story onto the table and said “This isn’t a story Sarah it’s a situation” And as much as I despaired when I got home he was right Sebold has the same problem her book is a really long situation A girl dies and watches her family from heaven Okay That’s nice But what do the characters want? What drives the story forward? Nothing The characters get older and keep bumping into each other Things change and things often do but there is no forward movement and certainly no building of suspenseSince there’s no plot the ending is just a bunch of weird stuff happening I read the last thirty pages on the train this morning and couldn’t stop a few outbursts “Oh no she didn’t” I’d say talking to Alice Sebold and her crazy ways She is just plain bold when it comes to doing whatever she feels like and she feels like doing the weirdest stuff ever It’s not that I don’t want to write spoilers here it’s that I can’t even explain to you what happened at the end of the book And I bet she can’t either I’m not exaggeratingHer characters never have interesting or complex thoughts Not even the serial killer or the mother whose daughter was murdered It seems that Sebold’s characters do one of two things they laugh which means they are happy or cry to butter their toast somehow when they are sad As you might guess there is a lot of laughing and crying in this book When a character is confused they laugh and cry at the same time This also happens oftenI feel a little better after venting But I’m still deeply sad and angry I feel like my own writing might have been permanently damaged by reading this book like a couple of ferocious olives?
MOBI ´ The Lovely Bones ✓ Alice Sebold
The Lovely BonesThe fish is lured into a makeshift underground den in a cornfield and brutally raped and The moment I finished The Lovely Bones I let out a long slow and heavy breathBecause that was some damn satisfying endingI strongly believe that if you go into this book thinking it will be creepy scary mysterious fast paced and full of shocking revelations you will be tempted to put it aside after the first sixty pages It’s not only about the pedophilia rape or murder It’s not only about catching the killer And it’s definitely not only about punishing Mr Harvey for what he didThe Lovely Bones follows the family and friends of Susie a teenage girl murdered by her neighbour We see their reactions and coping mechanisms in full detail We see them fall apart and rise again Some lose themselves but others find new reasons for existing Many try to find the killer while others perpetually mourn herAt first I was surprised to see that so many people have read this slow repetitive and at times unexciting story But I understand why it’s so acclaimed by critics The fact that it describes the lives of so many people after such a tragic event has happened is what makes it so different It’s not just that the author shows the characters’ reactions; she really gets into their minds and makes us understand why they behave the way they do say things they wouldn’t have said before and change in such a sudden mannerThe characters are written in a way that makes us feel relatively detached from them while still keeping an interest in understanding their actions Sometimes I was bored by themStill I couldn’t stop reading I needed to know how it would end and frankly that part really made me not regret reading this book in the first placeYou’re not exactly missing the world by not reading it but it’s the type of book that despite its flaws will make you remember how important life family love and friendship are Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google | Bloglovin’