Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Lovely Bones

     One of my many odd interest is serial killers and mass murderers, I was actually really excited to pick up The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, especially after my boyfriend, who had only seen the movie, told me it was pretty dark and disturbing.
     I have to confess, I was pretty disappointed.
     With this particular book, I feel as if it was a Young Adult coming of age novel trying to disguise itself as an adult book. Yes, obviously this is written from the point of view of Suzie, a 13 year old murder victim, so her thoughts and reactions are going to be those of a young teen, but to me the author took this as an excuse to do some incredibly silly things.
     Obviously, since the dead girl is telling the tale here, the story is going to, by necessity have supernatural or fantasy elements, and some of them are actually very well thought out and lovely. I especially like the concept that everyone's heaven is a little bit different, and that it evolves as the dead soul's feelings and needs evolve. However, did Sebold really need to throw in Suzie's sort of psychic classmate? Or the super weird and cringe inducing thing at the end with the buy Suzie had a crush on and.... well, you'll have to read it to find out but it was just so LAME to me, and was really kind just an excuse for some kiddie porn, which by the way, is also something this book has a LOT of for no real reason whatsoever.
     Overall, that ending was the worst part for me. It caused a tremendous amount of eye rolling - as did several other elements of the story, particularly many of the characterizations. I kind of wonder if this was one of those rare cases in which the movie is actually better?
     Guess I will be adding it to my steaming list and we shall see.

Final Rating: 2/5 bookmarks. It was just an almost total disappointment.

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