Monday, September 13, 2010

Day 13/30

Day 13/30 - a fictional book

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

I loved this book. I had heard about it a few years ago, but never got around to reading it, until the movie came out. as usual, the movie didn't live up to the novel, but I was still pretty impressed by the amount of information that transferred over from the book. 

The Lovely Bones is a story about Susie Salmon, a 14 year old girl who is raped and murdered in a makeshift underground shelter that resides in the middle of a cornfield near her home. after her death, she travels to "her heaven," which is filled with things that she loves. as she narrates the story from her heaven, she is able to watch her family as they grieve and cope with her sudden death. she is concerned about her family as they slowly fall apart, her father especially. he knows who killed his daughter, but because he has no physical proof, he simply disintegrates over the loss of his first born child and is tortured over the fact that he can't do anything about it. Susie's younger siblings are confused and torn apart by her death, and they struggle to find the right tools to mourn.

obviously, I won't give away every little thing that happens in the book, but I highly recommend it! the writing itself is a little different than most books I've read, and the author jumps around a lot within the story. thankfully, it all comes together well and the story plays out wonderfully. the ending was my favorite part.

what I really loved about the book was that it didn't really play around with supernatural or religious aspects, as I thought it might with the narrator spending the majority of the time in "heaven."  it really teaches the reader that while a tragedy could possibly tear a family apart, it can also bring them back together again.


Happy Monday! 

it is an especially happy Monday for me today, because my Washington Redskins won their home opener last night against the Cowboys. 

I've been hearing Dallas fans whining all day about how we (Skins fans) "got lucky" and how the last call of the game, which resulted in Dallas being denied a touchdown, was a "bad call" and blah blah blah. 

a win is a win, folks, and for the crappy seasons we've had over the last years, we'll take it!



  1. i'm happy that you got your win last night..because god knows i fucking hate those cowgirls!

  2. It's a good thing I didn't go and see that movie then because I haven't read the book and I really want too.


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