Rated of 5
by Julie Z
It might make a better movie...
The movie is scheduled to come out in 2009. Although there were many aspects of the book that I liked--her description of the afterlife, and of the disintegration of a family beset by tragedy--there were many times I found myself murmuring, "Stop, stop, enough. Where's the editor?" I don't want to reveal to reveal too much in case you haven't read it, but the much of the last third of the book could be eliminated to good advantage. I have great hopes that Peter Jackson, the director of the Lord of the Rings movies, can tighten up the story line.
I recommend "Lucky", also by Alice Sebold. It is her memoir of the rape, and consequent trial she experienced as a young woman. In "The Lovely Bones" I felt the author was just telling us what we want to hear, that Grampa will be waiting for us on the other shore, that justice will out, that our wounds will heal, etc.