December 29, 2004

With books: Lovely Bones

A little girl is raped and cut apart by her neighbor, then thrown into a sinkhole right outside of town. End of story, right? No. The story is told from her point of view in heaven, and that is just when the story begins.

To begin my book fest over break, I picked up the turquoise book that I have looked at longingly for the past few months, The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. It was promptly joined by a stack I now have waiting on my nightstand.

I was not disappointed in the least. Despite the many references to her death throughout the novel, which did get tiresome, I kept reading without care at the clock. The happenings of the murdered girl's family keep you reading, and it is not all sadness, but rather a depiction of the progression of mourning and the tale of their return to normalcy.

I don't really know how to categorize this novel. It is an odd assortment of fantasy and horror. I DO NOT read horror, and I could take this, probably because the assertion that she is in heaven kept me from falling into despair, and that the family kept seeing her.

The story could have ended several times (reminding me of LOTR: Return of the King), but all the ends that needed tying up were in due time.

Recommendations all around.

*****

And thus begins my season of reading and the illusive relaxation, tainted by school loans and overdue eye doctor appointments.

It's wonderful how friends you haven't seen since the (warm blessed) days of summer start leaving messages on the machine, and you actually have time to answer them, and even meet with them.

This year, though, I am learning that you really can't make promises to call or to dedicate a day a week to that friend because your life will go directly back to the way it was, the way you chose it to be, and they theirs. So, to cap off that depressing realization, I make an Epicurean note to enjoy my time with them to the fullest.

And also, not to let my mind fall into the decay of gluttonous rest. :-) My friends would tell me that this is probably the best thing for me, and I, even in my goal-setting, am starting to agree with them.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at December 29, 2004 12:59 PM
Comments

I read this book for book club in high school and absolutely adored it. We had decided that it was an excellent book purely based on the fact that the reader is thoroughly immersed in each emotion that is ellicited in the story.

I hope you enjoy it... I bought it at a used book store even though I've already read it. Anyone that wants to borrow it is welcome to it!

Give me a call when you want to do something. (I just can't seem to please anyone anymore.)

Posted by: Karissa at January 1, 2005 4:21 PM

What? It's no big deal that you are busy. I have been for a long time. I can cut you some slack, just like you do for me.

Posted by: Amanda at January 2, 2005 9:27 PM

I thought this title sound familiar when I was reading your blog... my best friend, Lisa, is reading it for her 11th grade English class. She told me the plot of it and it sounds awesome! She has to read it over her vacation break, which ends tomorrow, and I am going to ask her if she enjoyed the book. The pace she read the book, she must have enjoyed it because she read it within a week. I might have to borrow it sometime. I will update you and ask her for her opinion on it. Miss you Amanda!

Posted by: Firefighter Chica at January 2, 2005 10:39 PM

Better yet, Stef--have your friend stop by on the blogs :) Introduce her to the wonderful world of blogging! ;)

Posted by: Karissa at January 3, 2005 10:37 AM
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