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MAKBrown wrote:The story of someone telling us how things are from the grave with such clarity is an unexplored subject.
I agree. Having a protagonist narrating from the "great beyond" was an intriguing technique. I've read some books that have done this, and it seemed a bit gimmicky. But certainly not "The Lovely Bones." It was handled brilliantly, I thought--better so in the book than the movie.
Overall I enjoyed the novel but couldn't help but think that it was a bit overrated. Yes, some parts of the book were pretty gruesome and the beginning was violent and choking but as the as story developed it started to drag a little bit and I kind of lost interest in some parts. However I liked the fact that the book told us the story from a unique perspective and how it dealt with such a sensitive matter.
I also saw the movie and didn't like it that much; even though the book isn't one of my favorite, I think it was better than the movie adaptation.
The author kind a lost me with Susie’s descriptions about Heaven and the out of body experience she en Ruth shared. I thought the end was not quite satisfying, since I felt that I was left with a lot of unanswered questions. I would have liked to see Mr. Harvey get arrested and brought to justice. Moreover, I did not really understand why Abigail decided to return to her family after all, since I did not get the impression that Jack was her true love.
I would rate this as an average read. The unique perspective is most definitely fresh and intriguing. But for me the story did not live up to my high expectations.
It has everything you could want in a good novel. Which allows it to flow and just intrigue you.
A quote that sticks out to me is the following.
“Inside the snow globe on my father's desk, there was a penguin wearing a red-and-white-striped scarf. When I was little my father would pull me into his lap and reach for the snow globe. He would turn it over, letting all the snow collect on the top, then quickly invert it. The two of us watched the snow fall gently around the penguin. The penguin was alone in there, I thought, and I worried for him. When I told my father this, he said, "Don't worry, Susie; he has a nice life. He's trapped in a perfect world.”