Friday, April 23, 2010

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Last week I finished reading The Lovely Bones and in my opinion, this is a FANTASTIC book! I couldn't put it down and finished it in about 2 1/2 days, reading vigorously after work every day!

The story centers around Susie, the victim of a heinous murder by a man in her very own neighborhood. The book follows Susie's journey in the afterlife as well as her family's attempt to get over her and move on with their lives while she watches from the afterlife. Chronicalling 8 years of this family's life as well as the town deeply effected by Susie's murder in the early 70's, The Lovely Bones has a deeply touching message of love, family and survival. I loved the book so much that I finished it quickly so I could rent the film.

The film on the other hand is a HUGE disappointment, and not just because it's not exactly like the book. I found the film to be vapid and a little "Disney" for lack of a better word. The film tries to tell the story in a short year or two, rather than hire actors at different ages to play Susie's siblings. Much of the harshness of the original story is removed and instead, replaced with bubblegum filling and cliches. I didn't like this film at all and wouldn't have liked it anyway, even if I'd never read the book. Mr. Julep didn't like it either and he didn't read the book.

Pink Julep!



  1. Hm, I think I saw the the trailer for this flick and thought it looked good. Thanks for the warning ;)

  2. I read this book while studying in London and I distinctly remember that I couldn't put it down. I literally stayed up all night reading it. When my roomate came home I was just finishing it and was, of course, crying.

    I haven't seen the movie and probably won't since I know I'll be disappointed.

  3. I read the book a few years ago and decided I didn't want to see the movie. I just didn't want to be comparing them to each other (and end up disappointed with the movie)


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