Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Lovely Bones By Alice Sebold

I read this book years ago and it has always haunted me. It sits on a shelf in my closet, once in a while I take it down and touch the pretty blue cover. Whenever a bunch of us discuss books I ask any newbies to the group if they have read The Lovely Bones. It is a book that will sit with you. It is written in the voice of fourteen year old Susie who happens to be dead. Different no?

Buzz of the movie reached me a year ago and I wondered how they would do this story as a movie.

I just got to see the trailer for the movie which was directed by Peter Jackson and stars Rachel Weisz (the Mummy and the Reader), Susan Sarandon, Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, and Saoirse Ronan. The scheduled release date is December 11, 2009.

After seeing the trailer I want to pick the book up again. It looks like it will translate well to film.

The story goes like this:

"My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973."

So begins the story of Susie Salmon, who is adjusting to her new home in heaven, a place that is not at all what she expected, even as she is watching life on earth continue without her -- her friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her killer trying to cover his tracks, her grief-stricken family unraveling. Out of unspeakable tragedy and loss, THE LOVELY BONES succeeds, miraculously, in building a tale filled with hope, humor, suspense, even joy.

Wondering how everyone else feels about this being made into a movie.


  1. Like you, The Lovely Bones has sat with me for years. I belong to a book club and it was one of our choices. I enjoyed the way the author wrote about people having their own versions of heaven. I'm excited and hopeful about the movie because the story is in good hands with Peter Jackson.

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  2. Anonymous9:15 AM

    Wow this book sounds so interesting. I can't really comment about the movie until i have read the book. It does sound like a wonderful book to read.

  3. I saw a mini-trailer about a month ago at the theater and I couldn't wait for the movie to come out, because, like you, I think it will be true to the book.
    Thanks for the heads up, I didn't know exactly when it was coming out in December.

  4. This is the weirdest book I ever read. It gave me chills. I also read her other book, The Almost Moon. Another weird book. If you liked Lovely Bones, you would also like The Almost Moon.

  5. I have this book on hold at the library--I hope it comes in soon so I can read it! I'm reading "Through Violet Eyes" right now. It's pretty strange but good--about people with violet eyes who can act as conduits for dead souls, if you haven't read it.


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