Title: The Lovely Bones
Author: Alice Sebold
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Story of a family devastated by a gruesome murder -- a murder recounted by the teenage victim. Upsetting, you say? Remarkably, first-time novelist Alice Sebold takes this difficult material and delivers a compelling and accomplished exploration of a fractured family's need for peace and closure.
This was a great book, an exceptional read from a great author. It talks about the death of a child being murdered and it became an unresolved case over the years. At first it was such a slow read, I nearly gave up reading the book after the second chapter. For me, it also was confusing at time because the book is being narrative as it seems by the murdered child. She talks about one thing and the next paragraph is totally different from the previous. But the main purpose of the book was to help us realized the worth of life in a way that you'll understand that death of one doesn't mean the death of all. It's hard talking about this when I myself experience death of a family member and it made me hard to cope. The book will certainly give you a lighter feeling of grief, that life doesn't stop when you loose a love one. In a way, the book can be a companion through the grieving process and when one is in denial.
The ending seems flat, like there's something missing. But the story seems to overcome the books short comings. Alice Sebold wrote a magnificent book that people can relate to. Read the book, you'll know what I mean.