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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Lovely Bones (Teen and Adult)

Released 2006 (Paperback)

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

Years ago, I received an advanced copy of Alice Sebold's THE LOVELY BONES. For two hours, I ignored the world around me and become entranced by the heartwretching tale of fourteen-year-old Susie Salmon, a murder victim. Susie tells the tale of her disappearance and murder from an unusual vantage point, she's in the clouds awaiting her acceptance into heaven.

The story delves into Susie's feelings and her attempts to help her family and friends through their grief. At the same time, she wants to be able to make people realize that their quiet neighbor is not so sweet and innocent. She wants him caught and tried for his crimes against her.

While marketed for adults, I've always felt that it is perfect for teenagers. It's a topic that you see in the news time and time again. It's fresh and told from a unique viewpoint.

Now that the movie is wrapping up and scheduled for release later this year, Seventeen Magazine is recommending teens read it before they see the movie. I wholeheartedly agree. If my 'tween was interested, I'd let her read it and we could discuss the scary statistics together. The book clearly portrays the emotions of young teens as they grieve the loss of their friend and how the death of a child impacts an entire community.

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