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Just a little too lovely for me to gnaw on its bones

AdvantagesWell paced. Characters well drawn. Concise descriptive writing.

DisadvantagesTies up a little too nicely. Not brave enough.

"== The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold == I must admit that I don’t usually like to read a book after I have seen the film that resulted from it. Ninety per cent of the time the books are usually better so it usually works out Ok. I was a bit wary on reading this one however, as I had seen and enjoyed the movie and had an inkling that the film script had stuck pretty much to the novels content, which would leave me reading a book that I knew every ..." Read review
23.01.2014

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Community Level 6Ryan74

Ryan74

COMFORT IN GRIEF

AdvantagesUnique premise, excellent narration

DisadvantagesMawkishly over-sentimental, unrealistic and a bit soppy

"Given the glut of reviews on ‘The Lovely Bones’, it seems that this is a very popular novel. Indeed, this book is one of the biggest selling books of the past twenty years on both sides of the Atlantic. It has made Alice Sebold into one of the most prominent modern American writers and has been featured on many different talk shows, arts programmes and critical review shows. Most famously, the book was the winner of the Richard & Judy book club award ..." Read review
08.03.2005

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The Lovely Book

AdvantagesA beautifully-written, elegantly constructed book.

DisadvantagesSentimental in places.

"...except she cannot return to the people she loved on earth. She can only watch their grief. When I saw this book on the library shelf I wasn’t certain that I wanted to read it. I thought that the subject would be depressing and I try not to take my pleasures so sadly. I knew too that the story was narrated from heaven. If the book had a religious theme it would be back in the library before it had chance to grow warm in my hands. The book went home ..." Read review
03.12.2004

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Community Level 5stephbond89

stephbond89

My mother liked his flower beds....

AdvantagesAn amazing book which evokes so much emotion in the reader.

DisadvantagesMay be a little disturbing for some readers in the beginning.

"The Lovely Bones: Alice Sebold == Introduction == I saw a trailer on TV a couple of weeks ago for the film which is based on this book, and when my mum told me it was a brilliant book, I couldn’t help myself from going online and buying it from Amazon. I had never heard of it before even though it’s first publishing was in 2002. As soon as the book hit my front door mat, I opened it up and started to read it. On Amazon the book was classified ..." Read review
07.03.2010

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Delicately Written & Inspiring

Advantagesbeautifully written, addictive

Disadvantages-

"With it getting towards the summer, I am always on the look out for a new book to read and almost always I will opt for something in the chick lit genre. However, I have heard so many good things about this book the lovely bones which is why I have always been intrigued to find out more. So many people have talked about it but yet I never really had any idea as to what it was about. It wasn't until my mother finished reading it and handed me her copy ..." Read review
11.06.2011

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Community Level 7Pumpkin

Pumpkin

LIFE GOES ON... WITHOUT YOU

AdvantagesOriginal idea, beautiful writing style

DisadvantagesNot as gripping as I would normally like

"“My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973.” And so begins “The Lovely Bones”, Susie’s story, told as she looks down on the world from her heaven, in the aftermath of her tragic death. Susie’s murder in the cornfield behind her house, by a local man, George Harvey, sends shockwaves through her neighbourhood, her school, her friends and her ..." Read review
01.12.2003

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Community Level 5parker-munn

parker-munn

The bare bones of the matter. Review with images

AdvantagesInteresting aspect, well written.

DisadvantagesSad, not all that riveting.

"...one because it had outpaced the sales of any other first novel in memory, 925,000 copies in print after 11 printings. It is still in the top twenty best selling novels today. People also tended to say it was compulsive reading. Anne Sebold described it herself once as “It is about the murder and dismemberment of a young girl and she dies in the first chapter. She tells the story in first person. She tells the story of her family and her friends and ..." Read review
07.03.2004

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Our Dead Never Leave Us

AdvantagesCaptures your heart and mind

DisadvantagesVery emotional

"The Lovely Bones Our Dead Never Leave Us Until I saw a preview of the film, I have to be honest that I had never even thought of buying this book. I knew I wanted to see the film, though knowing that there was a book I felt that I really wanted to read that first as more often than not, the book of a great film is spectacular. I was going to rent the book from the library though my local one had a very long waiting list – it seems everyone had my ..." Read review
15.04.2010

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Community Level 7kirstymack80

kirstymack80

A beautiful thing

AdvantagesA one off story

DisadvantagesMay be a bit hard to take

"...wanted it straight away. The wording on the back was enough to convince me. ‘My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. My murderer was a man from our neighbourhood. My mother liked his border flowers, and my father talked to him once about fertilizer’. Such shocking words, yet compelling enough just in a few sentences to lure me into buying it (obviously doesn't take much!). The front ..." Read review
12.09.2003

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Community Level 3hawkida

hawkida

... Break my Bones, the tale I tell is Lovely

Advantagesinnovative narrative, touching, well told

Disadvantagessome violent and horrific content

"...in a small town in the USA the book chronicles the changes that occur between 1973 and the mid eighties following the brutal murder of Susie Salmon. One of the most intriguing things about the book is that it manages to transcend the clunkiness of a first person tale that ends "And then I died", not least by opening in almost that way: "My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973." It ..." Read review
23.05.2004

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Community Level 7herby30

herby30

Not To Be Missed!

AdvantagesExcellent read!

DisadvantagesUpsetting at times!

"“My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973” You must agree this is an explosive start to any book, I was horrified and wanted to know why, where and how as I am sure you all would. 14 year old Susie Salmon was returning home from school one day, she decides to take a short cut through a cornfield in her neighbourhood because it was snowing, she was returning from ..." Read review
11.01.2004

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Community Level 5silver40

silver40

I can see you.

AdvantagesA compelling book with solid characters

DisadvantagesNone

" The first paragraph of The Lovely Bones contains the sentence “ I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6,1973”. The matter of fact way this is presented to the reader belies the horror that it engenders but sets the scene for the way in which the author tells the story. Susie Salmon was murdered and the story centres on the plight of the family left behind with an aching emptiness in their life. Susie observes the action from heaven, which ..." Read review
20.10.2004

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Community Level 6Maia

Maia

Haunting but also funny Diamond review

AdvantagesGripping page-turner, thoughtful

DisadvantagesDrags a bit just before the end

"...she takes a short-cut through the cornfield, she spots her neighbour. He wants to show her a little hiding spot he has made in the ground for local children to use as a clubhouse. Once lured into the buried camp, Susie soon realises something is horribly wrong. Within minutes, she is brutally raped and murdered. All of this happens in the first fifteen pages of Alice Sebold’s second book: ‘The Lovely Bones’. I don’t think I’ve ever been so rapidly ..." Read review
18.07.2003

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Looking down on you from heaven...

AdvantagesA brilliant main character, great storyline

Disadvantagesnone

"I have wanted to read the lovely bones for a while and on a recent visit to my second family I found it among my best friend's book shelf! So here's a quick look into my experience of this book. One evening on the way home from school Susie Salmon is murdered, by someone she knows and it shocks her whole neighbourhood. Who could have wanted to kill a fourteen year old little girl? What could have she have done for someone to want to harm her? Susie ..." Read review
10.01.2008

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Community Level 5kellyv43

kellyv43

View from heaven

Advantagesoriginal ideas

Disadvantagesdrags on a bit

"...plenty of sun bathing by the pool I needed a book that I could get fully absorbed in. I had read many good reviews about ‘Lovely Bones’ by Alice Sebold and my sister had also read the book and told me how good it was. So for my holiday I borrowed the book from my sister. The cover of the book is mainly light blue and green with the title ‘Lovely Bones’ and the name of the author printed in large letters on the front. The ..." Read review
07.07.2004

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