**strongly rec'd by Mods**
Title: The Lovely Bones
Author: Alice Sebold
Blurb: My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. So begins this deeply moving and uplifting novel about how a child's murder can rock a family to its foundations. Told from Susie's perspective as she looks down from heaven onto the people she loves, the book may sound trite, but expect to be as emotionally involved with fictional characters as it is possible to be.
Rating: Rape and murder are strong themes in this book, and there is a graphic scene towards the beginning, which means I must rate it as suitable only for people of 15 years and over.
Review: I am proud to say I discovered this book before all of the hype surrounding it began in GB. I love it. Sebold's approach to her subject matterial is utterly individual, probably due to her own life experiences. It is impossible not to become emotionally attached to the characters, and to put this book down. It will challenge the way you view crimes of the sort Susie is subjected to; it will change the way you watch the news and read the papers; it will change your ideas about death and the afterlife. It is not just Susie's family's life which is shaken to the very foundations - yours will be too.
Grading: A +
Reason for Pimping: Any book which causes you to challenge accepted views of the way life works deserves pimpage; that alone would've been enough. But there is also the fact that this book is utterly un-putdownable, and to my mind, has no equal in modern literature. Totally incredible.
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