Paperback, 328 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Picador (first published 2002)
Original Title The Lovely Bones
Literary Awards : Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel (2002), British Book Award for Best Read of the Year (2004), Book Sense Book of the Year Award for Adult Fiction (2003), South Carolina Book Award for Young Adult Book Award (2005), Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction (2002) Iowa High School Book Award (2005), California Book Award Silver Medal for First Fiction (2002), Puddly Award for Fiction (2003), Lincoln Award Nominee (2005), Missouri Gateway Readers Award (2005)
My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. My murderer was a man from our neighborhood. My mother liked his border flowers, and my father talked to him once about fertilizer.
This is Susie Salmon, speaking from heaven – which looks a lot like her school playground, with the good kind of swing sets, counsellors to help newcomers adjust, and friends to room with. Everything Susie wants appears as soon as she thinks of it – except the one thing she wants most: to be back with the people she loved on earth.
Watching from her place in heaven, Susie sees her happy, suburban family devastated by her death, isolated even from one another as they each try to cope with their terrible loss alone. Over the years, her friends and siblings grow up, fall in love, do all the things she never had the chance to do herself. But life is not quite finished with Susie yet …
You know those books that has a little teenage girl for a main character and she’s all naive and wants to be strong around other people? This one was it. The start was so strong that I thought I would finish it in one sitting, then came the dragging overdescription of every single scene. There were too many unnecessary words that was written and in no whatsoever will affect the outcome of the story if it weren’t there.
Little things that I liked about this book is how real it was in portrayal of death. It didn’t romanticize it and it showed what really does happen to the people left behind.
I expected a lotore for this book and unfortunately I didn’t get it so I’ll be giving it 2 Royal Stars.