Alice Sebold


"In a memoir hailed for its searching candor and wit. Alice Sebold reveals how her life was utterly transformed when, as an eighteen-year-old college freshmen, she was brutally raped and beaten in a park near campus. What propels this chronicle of her recovery is Seabold's indomitable spirit-as she struggle for understanding, as her dazed family and friends sometimes bungle their efforts to provide comfort and support; and as, ultimately, she triumphs, managing through grit and coincidence to help secure her attacker's arrest and conviction. IN a narrative by turns disturbing thrilling and inspiring. Alice Sebold illuminates the experience of trauma victims even as she imparts wisdom profoundly hard-won: ("You save yourself or you remain unsaved.")"
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Author's Purpose

To inform: Alice wants to get the reader aware of what can happen and that it can happen to anybody. She wants young girls to know that are going off to college not to be scared but aware of your surroundings and if something doesn't feel right its usually isn't.

Three Concepts

A: Stand up for yourself

B: Stay strong, stay positive

C: Don't let anything bottle up inside

Greatest Impression

The chapter that had the greatest impression was the first one, in the first chapter Alice explains in detail what went on during the rape and every word that he said to her. Another chapter that had a great impression was chapter eleven, in this chapter Alice talked about everything that went down in the court from what she said to what she wore that day. it made the greatest impression because her word are so real that you feel like you sitting right next to her.

Book Rating

On a scale from 1-5, I gave the book a 4.5. Lucky was a great book by the way Alice makes you feel like it real and your are right there, to the emotions that you can feel from her languages that she uses throughout the book. Also I really love the stories that change someone's life and how they deal with it. I would recommend this book to someone that is into book that are a true story and that love crime stories.

Passage #1

Page 19

"I told the police not the call my mom. Unaware of my appearance, I believed I could hide the rape from her and from my family. My mother had panic attacks in heavy traffic: I was certain my rape would destroy her."

This passage is very important in the book because it shows that Alice doesn't want to one of the closet person to her to know that she was raped. She feels that her mother won't believe her. Thought out the whole book her father didn't believe her so she feels alone in this process.

Passage #2

Page 228

"I had nightmares now even more vivid than before. My sporadic journal of those years is full of them. The recurring image is one I'd seen in a documentary of the Holocaust....."

This passage was very important in the book because this passage comes in the end of the book and its explains that she is still having nightmares years later, they are even clear then ever. This says that she hasn't moved on and cant get it out of her head.

Something Surprising

Something that really surprised me was that Alice talks about still having nightmares a couple years after the incident and that they are worse then they have ever been. Also how much detail that she goes into in the book. In the beginning of the book she talks about her raped and the end she talks about the the whole trail and what was said and does that day. The day before the trail she talks about going shopping with her mother and sister for something to wear to wear and she was saying how nervous to talk about her rape and to be right by the man that changed her life.