The Lovely Bones

lovely bonesI avoided reading Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones for a long time. As in since it came out long time. I knew that it wouldn't necessarily be an easy read, or rather that the beginning wouldn't be an easy read. I know enough people who have read it to know that. And I know that I'm not alone in dreading the first chapter. The trailers for the film have been on a lot and figured it was probably time for me to read it so I downloaded it (and a couple of other books) to my Sony Reader.

And then I lost the next couple of hours. I just sat and read, and read, and read. At the end I felt a bit like I had taken a nap and had a very vivid dream.

The first chapter was hard but it really wasn't as bad as I had built it up in my mind. It certainly wasn't fun but it was gripping. I understand why so many people read and raved about it. I liked how everyone was just a little bit flawed. No one was completely perfect or good, including Susie.

The only thing I didn't like was that thing toward the end with Ray Singh. You know what I'm talking about - after the sinkhole. Somehow I was willing to believe the story up until there but that part yanked me back to earth (so to speak) and perhaps made me roll my eyes a little. (And yet I know that it's probably someone's favourite part. I'm sorry , I'm difficult like that.)

Overall though, a good read that I shouldn't have taken me so long to read.

And cornfields are bad. Very, very bad.

(And I'm now on day 7 of being sick. Someone shoot me now. Or just sedate me until I'm better. I could use the sleep.)