The Lovely Bones

  1. Hi Y'all,

    Has anyone read The Lovely Bones? I am reading it now and it's very upsetting to me! Is it worth finishing?

  2. 20 Comments

  3. by   colleen10
    Hi Shygirl,

    I read it at the beginning of summer, I know that my mum, grandmother and stepmother have all read it too and we all really liked it.

    It did somewhat upset me too, I know what you are saying. It gave me a kind of creepy feeling while I read it it.

    We all thought that it got kind of corny at the end. I still thought it was a good book, couldn't put it down - read it in one day, but the ending was wrapped up a little too quickly for my taste and was a "little out there" even compared to the whole premise of the book.

    If it upsets you then I would say put it away. No need to get all riled up over a book.

    Take Care,

  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    i am not sure i could handle it, either.

    way too upsetting.not at all a "summer reading" beach book in my mind.
  5. by   Paprikat
    I really enjoyed it, too and read it in two days. I agree the end got weird and corny. It was kind of a creepy book and parts, especially the beginning was upsetting.
  6. by   kimmicoobug
    I love to read and you have piqued my interest. Who is the author to this book? I would like to do a google on it.
  7. by   ktwlpn
    Originally posted by kimmicoobug
    I love to read and you have piqued my interest. Who is the author to this book? I would like to do a google on it.
    Alice Sebold is the author-she also wrote a book about her own experiences after she was raped in college called "Lucky" Both are riveting-"Bones" does have a strange ending-and parts of it are very hard to read-emotionally charged.
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    OK my curiosity got the better of me and I checked this one out the library. IT IS HARD to READ in the beginning...

    But I think it's gonna be a good read. Will let you all know.
  9. by   kjseam
    I agree it was a very emotional book but I thought it was a good one. Happy Reading everyone!
  10. by   shygirl
    I'm half-way through it now. I'm dying to know what happens. What do you think of the way she makes heaven sound?

  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I think she makes Heaven sound a lot like what my conception of the "other side" is......

    the pov is intriguing....

    but so, so sad....

    i hope there are some more uplifting moments to come.
  12. by   shygirl
    I think the saddest part is how her family misses her. I think she makes heaven sound realistic in a way....You know what I mean? On AOL, there is story about her, (the author), and some question and answers regarding this book. It was interesting also.

  13. by   colleen10
    I liked that the idea of heaven is whatever you want it to be. But I didn't like the idea that you don't see the people you want to unless their idea of heaven is the same as yours. I mean, when I get to heaven (keep my fingers crossed ;-), I want to see my family, friends etc. that are allready there, and even some famous people too.

    I don't want to not be able to chill out with say, Jimi Hendrix or Socrates, because my idea of Heaven is a never ending tub of ice cream and theirs isn't.

    I did think that the beginning of the book was way shocking, I mean, Bam, there it is in the first few pages of the book. But I think that if you get over the initial shock of the first pages you'll calm down a bit and enjoy reading the rest of the book.

    I found myself laughing out loud, getting teary eyed and even "rooting on" the victims and other characters at some points.
  14. by   Katnip
    I liked the book. Her own "personal" heaven was interesting.

    The beginning was horrifying, but the progression was well done, I think. And, of course I thought the ending was very satisfying.

    It was well written and addressed some ugly issues in a really empathetic way.