Book Review – The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones

Book 32 was another Little Free Library find. I know so many people have read it and loved it. I remember hearing the buzz when the movie came out, but it just never really piqued my interest. When I found it, I took it, thinking maybe I should finally read it…

Book 32:
The Lovely Bones
by Alice Sebold

Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult


Synopsis According to Mandi:
Without spoilers, The Lovely Bones is about the murder and aftermath of teenaged girl, Susie Salmon, as told by the late Susie Salmon. After her brutal murder, Susie is able to watch from Heaven as her friends and family attempt to deal with the tragedy and struggle to move on. What happens to a family when it loses one of its own? What happens to a town?

Favorite Quote(s):

“Murderers are not monsters, they’re men. And that’s the most frightening thing about them.” 

-Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

Awards (based upon my brief research):
Oprah’s Book Club, 2010
Indies Choice Book Award for Adult Fiction, 2003


My Overall Rating:
3 – My gut reaction is a low rating due to content. It was not obscenely graphic or detailed. It was just incredibly difficult to read, as a mother myself, about the murder of a daughter. I’m angered that there are people out there who can hold this story as truth in their own lives. I can’t recommend this book, because it is content we hear in the news too often, and I don’t think that should be the case.

That being said, it was well written. Writing from the standpoint of the murdered was very interesting. I appreciated the amount of detail and the details left assumed as opposed to written.