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The Lovely Bones
by Alice Sebold | Literature & Fiction
Registered by wingvedranasterwing of Zagreb, Zagreb City Croatia on Sunday, December 12, 2010
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by LilliFortune): to be read


7 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by wingvedranasterwing from Zagreb, Zagreb City Croatia on Sunday, December 12, 2010

9 out of 10

I loved this book, despite the unnecessary twist at the ending.
It was both a page turner and an emotional drama. I read it in one sitting.
That was back in the days when I still had time to read books in one sitting. ;)



About the book:

"On her way home from school on a snowy December day in 1973, 14-year-old Susie Salmon ("like the fish") is lured into a makeshift underground den in a cornfield and brutally raped and murdered, the latest victim of a serial killer--the man she knew as her neighbor, Mr. Harvey.

Alice Sebold's haunting and heartbreaking debut novel, The Lovely Bones, unfolds from heaven, where "life is a perpetual yesterday" and where Susie narrates and keeps watch over her grieving family and friends, as well as her brazen killer and the sad detective working on her case. As Sebold fashions it, everyone has his or her own version of heaven. Susie's resembles the athletic fields and landscape of a suburban high school: a heaven of her "simplest dreams," where "there were no teachers.... We never had to go inside except for art class.... The boys did not pinch our backsides or tell us we smelled; our textbooks were Seventeen and Glamour and Vogue."

The Lovely Bones works as an odd yet affecting coming-of-age story. Susie struggles to accept her death while still clinging to the lost world of the living, following her family's dramas over the years like an episode of My So-Called Afterlife. Her family disintegrates in their grief: her father becomes determined to find her killer, her mother withdraws, her little brother Buckley attempts to make sense of the new hole in his family, and her younger sister Lindsey moves through the milestone events of her teenage and young adult years with Susie riding spiritual shotgun. Random acts and missed opportunities run throughout the book--Susie recalls her sole kiss with a boy on Earth as "like an accident--a beautiful gasoline rainbow." Though sentimental at times, The Lovely Bones is a moving exploration of loss and mourning that ultimately puts its faith in the living and that is made even more powerful by a cast of convincing characters. Sebold orchestrates a big finish, and though things tend to wrap up a little too well for everyone in the end, one can only imagine (or hope) that heaven is indeed a place filled with such happy endings."

Source: Amazon Review by Brad Thomas Parsons 


Journal Entry 2 by wingvedranasterwing at Zagreb: Donji grad (city centre), Zagreb City Croatia on Sunday, January 30, 2011

This book has not been rated.

Offering this book as an international bookring.

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Dimensions (measured in cm): 11 x 17.5 x 2 cm (4.3 x 6.9 x 0.8 inches)
Approximate weight (according to Amazon): 204 grams (7.2 ounces)

Ring rules:
1) Journal the book when you receive it.
2) Place the book at the top of your TBRs (under the rings and rays received before this one).
3) Try to read it within a month, it's an easy and speedy read once you start.
4) If for any reason you get backlogged (work, private life, Mt. TBR...), let us all know of the delay by making a new journal entry.
5) PM the next person on the list for their address when you receive the book so you're ready to ship by the time you finish reading it.
6) Make a controlled release note when sending the book on, preferably using your country and city so that the book can some day maybe be tracked on a map.
7) Have fun and enjoy the book! ;)

Thanks! :)

Participant order may change as people sign up, depending on shipping preferences, which I will try to accommodate but can't guarantee anything - the ring is international so be prepared to ship international if you sign up.

Participants:
duskiska (Finland - anywhere) ... READ
Jo_an_a (Finland - anywhere) ... READ
2012 (Finland - anywhere) ... READ
marijketje (Netherlands - Europe) ... READ
teggers (UK - UK/EU) ... READ
LilliFortune (Germany - anywhere) -------- CURRENTLY HERE  
Nakipa (Portugal - anywhere) ... ASKED TO BE SKIPPED
goldenwattle (AUST - AUST/NZ/Asia/US/Europe) ... WITHDREW
BSAChris (USA - anywhere) ... SKIPPED - NO ANSWER TO PMs
valpete (USA - anywhere; lower on the list)
• Then back to vedranaster (Croatia)

 


Journal Entry 3 by wingvedranasterwing at Zagreb, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- Croatia on Friday, February 11, 2011

This book has not been rated.

Released 3 yrs ago (2/8/2011 UTC) at Zagreb, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- Croatia

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

The book is now in the hands f the Post Office,
on it's way to duskiska as part of this bookring.

Enjoy! :D

 


Journal Entry 4 by duskiska at Turku, Varsinais-Suomi Finland on Tuesday, February 15, 2011

This book has not been rated.

I got the book today, thanks a lot! :) Will start reading right away. I have PM'd Jo_an_a for her address. 


Journal Entry 5 by duskiska at Turku, Varsinais-Suomi Finland on Friday, March 04, 2011

8 out of 10

Phew, I finally finished it! It's funny how you have all the time in the world when there's no rush to get a book read, but the time somehow disappears if you actually have to finish a book... x)

In the beginning I had time to read only short sections at a time, which took something away from the experience. Once I really got to reading, the book was hard to put down as I was anxious to see what would happen next. I also thought the characters in the story were well developed and they felt alive.

All in all I did like the book, but somehow it wasn't such a huge hit for me as I had expected. It may be partly because of reading in a foreign language. The Finnish name for this book is, by the way, "Oma taivas", which could be translated as "A heaven of her own". I like that one better, the English one just didn't open up for me. It did have some meaning that I can't remember anymore, but during the whole reading I kept thinking, "What's so lovely about a murdered girl's bones, huh?".

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What I didn't like about this book was the ending. Susie had the opportunity to let her family know where her body was and give them a sort of peace, but she didn't do it. I was soooo annoyed by that. Also, I was expecting the whole time for the killer to be caught and having to pay for what he did. Damn it! 


Journal Entry 6 by duskiska at Turku, Varsinais-Suomi Finland on Friday, March 04, 2011

This book has not been rated.

Released 3 yrs ago (3/4/2011 UTC) at Turku, Varsinais-Suomi Finland

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

The book is now off to Jo_an_a. 


Journal Entry 7 by jo_an_a at Helsinki, Uusimaa Finland on Wednesday, March 09, 2011

This book has not been rated.

Received the book today! 


Journal Entry 8 by jo_an_a at Helsinki, Uusimaa Finland on Tuesday, April 05, 2011

7 out of 10

Wow, it seemed to take me ages to finish this book, I have been reading it for so long, I've grown attached to the characters, and I am sad to let the book go! I have mixed feelings about the book. I liked the beginning, found some bits in the middle a bit tedious, but the story picked up again towards the end.

---SPOILER ALERT---








The whole time I actually felt the story was not told by Susie but Ruth, as an observation of an awkward outsider teenager with a vivid imagination, and who feels life is not really happening to her, but to everybody else. So when in the end Susie "became" Ruth, I was like HA, was right! ;) My favourite character was Grandma Lynn, and I found her relationship with her own daughter and the family one of the most interesting threads to follow throughout the story. 


Journal Entry 9 by jo_an_a at Helsinki, Uusimaa Finland on Tuesday, April 05, 2011

This book has not been rated.

Released 3 yrs ago (4/5/2011 UTC) at Helsinki, Uusimaa Finland

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

This book is now travelling to 2012. 


Journal Entry 10 by 2012 at Vantaa, Uusimaa Finland on Saturday, April 09, 2011

This book has not been rated.

Thank you! Reveived the book yesterday, will read it after the one I'm reading at the moment. 


Journal Entry 11 by 2012 at Vantaa, Uusimaa Finland on Friday, April 29, 2011

8 out of 10

Interesting and unique book. I agree with duskiska about the points she mentioned in her spoiler alert part. :) I also expected similar conclusion.

Will be sending the book to marijketje soon. 


Journal Entry 12 by 2012 at Vantaa, Uusimaa Finland on Wednesday, May 04, 2011

This book has not been rated.

Released 2 yrs ago (5/4/2011 UTC) at Vantaa, Uusimaa Finland

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

Sent to marijketje.  


Journal Entry 13 by marijketje at Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant Netherlands on Saturday, May 07, 2011

This book has not been rated.

Wow the book got here fast! Anyway, thanks for sending it to me 2012! I'm looking forward to reading it, but I have one other bookring I have to read first.  


Journal Entry 14 by marijketje at Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant Netherlands on Monday, May 23, 2011

5 out of 10

I didn't like the book. I found it too depressing. Ofcourse I didn't think it would be a happy book since it's about a murder. But a sad book can still be moving or a nice book or you can still enjoy reading it. I didn't found this one moving or nice, just simply depressing.  


Journal Entry 15 by marijketje at Leiden, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Monday, May 23, 2011

This book has not been rated.

Released 2 yrs ago (5/23/2011 UTC) at Leiden, Zuid-Holland Netherlands

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

on it's way to teggers 


Journal Entry 16 by teggers at Menai Bridge, Wales United Kingdom on Friday, May 27, 2011

This book has not been rated.

Received in the post this morning. I have one book to finish up first and then I will get to this one. Thanks for offering it vedranaster! 


Journal Entry 17 by teggers at Menai Bridge, Wales United Kingdom on Monday, June 06, 2011

6 out of 10

I just finished reading this yesterday. I'm not really sure how I feel about this book, I found it very very sad but not depressing as others have said. I have to say I think I quite enjoyed it, I always love when the narration coming from an unusual source actually works really well. I hadn't read anyone's reviews before because I tend to be swayed but now that I have the idea that the story is actually narrated by Ruth rings true for me too.

For me the characters were very full bodied and demanded that I actually felt for them. All in all I think is was a good portrayal of a family struggling with a great tragedy and how that can destroy them but also has the potential to forge them into new and better people. I think my favourite character was Grandmother Lynn.

I already have LiliFortune's address so this will be the post this week. 


Journal Entry 18 by teggers at Menai Bridge, Wales United Kingdom on Wednesday, June 08, 2011

This book has not been rated.

Released 2 yrs ago (6/8/2011 UTC) at Menai Bridge, Wales United Kingdom

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

Off to the next reader, happy reading. 


Journal Entry 19 by LilliFortune at Regensburg, Bayern Germany on Friday, July 22, 2011

This book has not been rated.

Got it this week, started to read and already enjoy it. 


Journal Entry 20 by LilliFortune at Regensburg, Bayern Germany on Friday, April 11, 2014

8 out of 10

Even if 'nice' and 'lovely' are not the right words to describe the story, I enjoyed the book. Easy and fast to read. I agree the others with the ending.

 




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