“… the line between the living and the dead could be, it seemed, murky and blurred.” - Susie Salmon
I dunno, I find this book boring. If it’s because I read this during what, All Souls Day, I dunno.
Here’s what I have to say: Despite the description of the violent rape and murder of the protagonist, basically the entire book consists of rosy, lovey dovey images of her looking down on her family and friends. She watches as they awkwardly continue life without her; which (apart from the looming message that there is a “place” to look down from which is never entirely confronted) could be a kind of cool concept. But I don’t know. It just didn’t really work for me. I don’t mean to knock this book, because it reached a large demographic of people that I think SHOULD start reading more— it’s good for your brain and for the world! And to each his own, I suppose. This just wasn’t for me.
I just bought this book, because one review about The Time Traveler’s Wife stated that "This is the next The Lovely Bones."
But, nevertheless, the first half of the book is the strongest, where it is part mystery and part ghost story as 14-year-old murder victim Susie Salmon, “like the fish,” narrates the events that happen after her disappearance.
Haven’t watched the movie yet. :(
And I’m sorry for this review.