The Lovely Bones

Alice Sebold

Plot Overview

The Lovely Bones is a novel about a young girl, named Susie Salmon, who lives in the suburbs during the 70s and is raped and murdered by her neighbor. The book continues on to after the tragic incident and into her adventures in heaven. Sebold takes us through the people Susie meets, the things she does, and overall her whole experience in the after life,

Emotions Experienced

During this book an array of different emotions were experienced. In the beginning there was a bit of feeling uncomfortable and uneasy. As the book progressed on, I felt eager to know what was going to happen next and how everything was going to play out.


I believe that the main theme in this book would be the importance of love. With love there is such a strong bond and closeness within families, and without it everything can fall apart in the blink of an eye. I think the main point of this book was that love is what keeps everyone together and it's a very important part of life.


I think people who enjoy a bit of violence and suspense would like this book. There's a lot of suspense throughout the whole book as well as some important events of violence. I think anyone who enjoys these things or even just realistic fiction as a whole would have a great time reading this book.


"Inside the snow globe on my father's desk, there was a penguin wearing a red-and-white-striped scarf. When I was little my father would pull me into his lap and reach for the snow globe. He would turn it over, letting all the snow collect on the top, then quickly invert it. The two of us watched the snow fall gently around the penguin. The penguin was alone in there, I thought, and I worried for him. When I told my father this, he said, "Don't worry, Susie; he has a nice life. He's trapped in a perfect world."" (pg. 3)

“When the dead are done with the living, the living can go on to other things,“ Franny said. “What about the dead?“ I asked. “Where do we go?” (p. 145)