Every week Alyce from At Home With Books posts My Favorite Reads, which allows us to share a favorite book from our past.
This week I picked The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I read The Lovely Bones shortly after it came out in 2002. It was my first year in college and I remember being overwhelmed with how powerful the story was and unable to put it down and enjoy living in the dorms until I had finished. Susie is raped and murdered but Sebold writes it in a way that isn't overly gruesome and therefore very readable. It is truly a beautiful story. Last weekend I finally saw that movie and loved it! As I said, it has been a long time since I read the book (I seriously need to reread it) but the movie brought it to life exactly the way I remember it. I would recommend reading the book and then seeing the movie. I think the fact that I read the book had a big impact on how much I loved the movie, my husband didn't love it like I did but even he said that he might read it! (P.S. Susan Sarandon in the movie is hilarious)
When we first meet 14-year-old Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. This was before milk carton photos and public service announcements, she tells us; back in 1973, when Susie mysteriously disappeared, people still believed these things didn't happen. In the sweet, untroubled voice of a precocious teenage girl, Susie relates the awful events of her death and her own adjustment to the strange new place she finds herself. It looks a lot like her school playground, with the good kind of swing sets.
In case you missed the movie trailer, check it out: