The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold And Why Do I Read These Things

The Lovely Bones is one of those books that has been around awhile that I always thought I wanted to read because it was so popular.  I actually picked up a copy at a library book sale last year, and it sat on my TBR shelf for a while.  So, I brought it on our beach vacation to actually read it.

In case you haven't heard of The Lovely Bones, it's a novel about a murdered teenager whose ghostly self lurks around her family refusing to give them up and seeking to guide them to her killer.

It's a dark, dark book all around.  There is violence (obviously).  There is some sex, not graphic but pretty prominent.  There is quite a strange view of heaven and the afterlife.

Honestly, I'm not sure why I finished reading this one.  Sometimes I just don't listen to that inner voice saying " whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. "  I do read many different books, and I'm okay with reading material that is not "Christian."  But, sometimes I just have the feeling I shouldn't keep reading.  And sometimes I don't listen.


So, I finished this really dark book.  I suppose in a literary sense it was well written.  It did hold my interest (which is why I kept reading I guess).  But I can't say I liked it.



I rate this one a 3 stars and an R for content.