The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Lovely Bones

By Alice Sebold

  • Release Date: 2002-08-07
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
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Once in a generation a novel comes along that taps a vein of universal human experience, resonating with readers of all ages. The Lovely Bones is such a book -- a phenomenal #1 bestseller celebrated at once for its narrative artistry, its luminous clarity of emotion, and its astonishing power to lay claim to the hearts of millions of readers around the world.

"My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973."

So begins the story of Susie Salmon, who is adjusting to her new home in heaven, a place that is not at all what she expected, even as she is watching life on earth continue without her -- her friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her killer trying to cover his tracks, her grief-stricken family unraveling.

Out of unspeakable tragedy and loss, The Lovely Bones succeeds, miraculously, in building a tale filled with hope, humor, suspense, and even joy.

"A stunning achievement." --The New Yorker

"Deeply affecting. . . A keenly observed portrait of familial love and how it endures and changes over time." --New York Times

"A triumphant novel. . . It's a knockout." --Time

"Destined to become a classic in the vein of To Kill a Mockingbird. . . I loved it." --Anna Quindlen

"A novel that is painfully fine and accomplished." --Los Angeles Times

"The Lovely Bones seems to be saying there are more important things in life on earth than retribution. Like forgiveness, like love." --Chicago Tribune


  • Great read.

    By Ahaivmcaas
    Horrifyingly beautiful. What a touching novel!
  • My favorite book

    By ctwohillphoto
    I've ever read... this book changed my life... it's the best.
  • Amazing!!!

    By My Dolphin = amazing
    I don't normally write reviews but I had to after I finished The Lovely Bones. I absolutely loved it and I am definitely going to pick out some more books to read by the same author. I would totally recommend this book for tweens or teenagers.
  • Lovely

    By mimkori
    I love the book itself as well as the movie. They both made me cry. This is the most moving story I have ever read. And I can read this book and watch the movie over and over again and cry. One of my favorites. Thank you.
  • Love this book

    By 肥肥丁
    I got this book in Chinese edition as a gift from my ex-boyfriend when I was about 15. I love this book so much. The first chapter about how she died was a little scary for me, but the rest of the book was really a touching story. I laugh and cry for this book and I'm buying an English edition to read it again.

    By Amber the stanatic
    I saw the movie and thought it was pretty good so I got the book. And tbh, the book is amazing. The writer did a phenomenal job writing it. The characters will really touch you. And although it is quite a sad story, it somehow has a spark of happiness in it. Defiantly one of my favorite books of all time. Highly recommend!
  • It was way more detailed than the movie!

    By MyDayJanuary14th
    So I've seen the movie a bunch of times and always wanted to read the book. With that being said I'm glad I did. There's a lot more that happens in the book than in the movie that I wish they would have put in it but yeah the book was very good 😊
  • Great read & learning lesson

    By Xochitl (so-chew)
    This is a great book for any age. The way it talks about death and what happens after has changed my perception.
  • Best book ever!!!

    By Aniypia
    This book was sad but Iove it sooooooooooo much
  • Best Book Ever

    By Luhhsteve
    This is one of the best books by Alice Sebold you could ever spend some money buying to read. I didn't think of it to be so interesting but since the day I started I just couldn't stop and absolutely love the book ... Even tho I'm a little late I can't wait to watch the movie 😊