Standalone Sunday

Hello everyone! Standalone Sunday is a weekly meme created by Megan@bookslayerReads. This meme is about Standalone book (that is not part of a series) that you loved and would recommend. Check out her lovely blog, she’s a sweetheart ❤

12232938The Lovely Bones is the story of a family devastated by a gruesome murder — a murder recounted by the teenage victim. Upsetting, you say? Remarkably, first-time novelist Alice Sebold takes this difficult material and delivers a compelling and accomplished exploration of a fractured family’s need for peace and closure.

The details of the crime are laid out in the first few pages: from her vantage point in heaven, Susie Salmon describes how she was confronted by the murderer one December afternoon on her way home from school. Lured into an underground hiding place, she was raped and killed. But what the reader knows, her family does not. Anxiously, we keep vigil with Susie, aching for her grieving family, desperate for the killer to be found and punished.

Sebold creates a heaven that’s calm and comforting, a place whose residents can have whatever they enjoyed when they were alive — and then some. But Susie isn’t ready to release her hold on life just yet, and she intensely watches her family and friends as they struggle to cope with a reality in which she is no longer a part. To her great credit, Sebold has shaped one of the most loving and sympathetic fathers in contemporary literature.

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I read this one as required reading in high school when it first came out. Ugh, that makes me feel so old lol. But I remember my English teacher wanted us to read it by assigned chapters and the little rebel that I am, did not do that. I read the whole book. Because it was just that good and so impactful to my life. I also highly recommend the movie, yes it changed some things but the plot was on point and never disappointed. Have you read this one? What are your thoughts?

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34 thoughts on “Standalone Sunday

  1. I read this book in January this year but it has stayed with me till now.Devastating but quite a complelling child narrator.I also agree with you about the dad.I hope to watch the movie soon.

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  2. I had wanted to read this book in high school when the movie came out, but it just seemed too sad. But I think I’m ready to read it now. The premise always sounded so intriguing to me. Thanks for reminding me to put this one on my TBR! 😀

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  3. Oh great pick for this week gretchen, I read The Lovely Bones ages ago because my sister recommended it to me (and she never reads she the fact that she read and recommended this book meant to me it had to be amazing) and I did really love it!
    It was such a powerful story and I loved seeing how Susie’s family adjusted after her murder, what happened to them and how she could see everything from where she was now. It was definitely a book that heavily impacted me too, and I enjoyed the movie as well! 🙂

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  4. I haven’t read this one,I saw the movie and was like OH MY GOD. Stanley Tucci was so creepy, that man can act. Did you know he is now married to Felicity Blunt – Emily’s sister. I don’t know why I felt the need to give you that trivea, i’m also feeling the need to watch Devil Wear’s Prada. *BOOKS HANNAH FOCUS*
    It’s so cool how you read this at school, we studied Lord of the Flies!

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    • Lol! I did not know that at all. Thanks for that info and don’t worry, I love random facts! Devil Wears Prada is AMAZING!!!!! Love that movie. My high school read Lord of the Flies that one semester I home schooled so I missed out on that one lol. I heard it was great though.

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  5. I’m ashamed to admit that I watched the movie first, and totally ruined the book.. I very rarely do that, so when the movie was so good I literally sulked for days over having not read the book first lol

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  6. Oh my gosh yes Gray! Don’t feel bad though, I read this one EONS ago as well 😂😂😂 so far back that I can’t remember much other than it was one of the saddest books I’ve read. Great pick 😉💕

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  7. I loved the concept of this book, however didn’t particularly like the book unfortunately. I thought everything was going so well, but there was one part of the plot that ruined it for me. It was just too odd and felt disconnected for me. I know I am in the minority here since most people love it.

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