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Original Essays | September 30, 2014

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The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Lovely Bones

anelagal, September 15, 2009

The Lovely Bones was my first choice to read out of nine different books. I thought it would be interesting, since it was coming from the point of view of a murdered girl. Another aspect that made me want to chose it was that the murdered girl was a teenager and close to my age. I wanted to know what was going to end up happening to the family, as well as the victim herself.
Before I was even half way through the book, I realized that it really was worth my time to read. I usually find books a waste of time and of my life. However, this one really struck me as I read it. The author described the scenes extremely thoroughly and painted very vivid images in my mind as the words on the page seemed to become more of a reality than a fantasy. The murder scene at the very beginning of the book that set up the whole story opened up my eyes in ways I would have never imagined. It was as if a part of my heart had been reserved to feel pain and sorrow for this poor fourteen-year-old girl.
First off, Susie Salmon tells us who she is, when she was murdered, and how old she was. Then she goes off to tell us who the murderer, Mr. Harvey, was and describe the horrible night in a cornfield when she lost everything that she had and had ever wanted. Her life, family, and friends. She then tells all of the misfortunate, as well as fortunate, events that happened in her family, friends, and acquaintances’ lives during her absence. As long as she was in her heaven, there was little she could do to tell them exactly what happened on that horrid night.
This book really made me wonder if I felt like I was spending my life correctly or in a way that I wouldn’t be wasting it. I enjoyed the mass amount of life messages in the book, as well. To me, I saw the author’s message as a mixture of two. One—Never take anything for granted. Two—Life is too short to waste any time. After reading this book, I’ve really begun to take in all aspects of life more fully, looking at the saying, “Every day a question mark.”
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