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What do you think of the book? Would you recommend it to others? Which characters are your favorite?
I like the book for the fact that it is unique. I have never read a book that is narrated by a dead person in heaven who is mostly narrating events on Earth as she observes them from heaven. I think it's very interesting and original. What do you think?
Some of the parts of the book are very gruesome, like when she describes her murder in detail. It's even more disturbing considering the narrator is a school-aged girl.
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And to see her killer get waway with his crime, grrr...
At the same time the tone was light, as if trying to tell us that death wasn't the end of everything, trying to give hope...
I really enjoy reading it, despite the difficult subject I was laughing sometime, very sade at the same time, so I would say it's a very interesting book.
For MrsT, I 've read The Time travelers wife and I loved it as well.
The beginning where she describes her rape and murder really disturbed me and I found it hard to read.
I liked the message about death and loss that Sebold was putting across, though. I appreciated the way that she portrayed the family as imperfect and more realistic. The mother cannot take it and the sister hardens herself towards the subject.
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I really liked the way all the characters were written as well. The flawed mother was in some ways so unlikeable, but I still felt quite sympathetic for her. I think all the characters flaws made them more believable and in the end, I think people can relate to them more.
I can't really see how this book can be made into a good movie (especially with Mark Wahlberg as the father). The preview looked kind of iffy to me.
I loved how we saw her sister develop. I think she had to be my favorite character.
There is a movie coming out based on this book and I will have to go see it. Maybe I will like it a bit more. I hope the movie moves faster than the book did.
The book was not about her as much as the people left behind. How she watched them develope after her death. How it made them into something they would have never been if she was still there. The full growth of her sister. The way her mother ran away from it all.
I was happy about the way she spent her unexpected time back on earth. To be able to find that love was still there after all that time. To finaly know what physical love was and not the hate and pain she had at her death. That was a great move on the authors part.
Her family had already starter to come back together. If she had spent the time finding Mr Harvey it would have only torn them up a second time. It allowed her to move on and not continue in the place she was.
I would recommend this book to a friend to read. It put a different turn on what haven is or could be. I had never thought about it in that way before.
I do remember this book, though. It's hard to forget a book with such a horrifying beginning. And it is very interested how the author portrayed heaven. My favorite part had to be when her dog went to heaven. I remember thinking when I was little how sad it is that animals can't go to heaven because they don't have souls (so the nuns at Catholic school told me).
My least favorite part was probably the end, or towards the end. It seemed like the point of the book shifted, maybe not dramatically, but enough to throw me off. The whole "coming back to earth in another's body and having sex" thing was a little weird, but maybe that's just me. And maybe I'm remembering the book wrong.
Is it true that they are planning to make a movie out of this book? *groan* Yet another decent book ruined by a terrible movie.
Gannon wrote: The book was so interesting because of the way the author portrays heaven. The idea that heaven is different for all of us, and that it grows and merges with other heavens of people with similar loves and desires is fascinating..
I really like that part to Gannon, you said it perfectly.
Thanks nursegela, wouldn't it be nice if that is what it is really like when we die.
The first 3/4's of the book i thought were fantastic. It is one of the books on my top 100 list. The ending however really let it down. it felt very rushed and disjointed. A little disappointing.