Wednesday, December 9

Snow day and Sebold

Snow is falling down from the heavens and my backyard looks like a Christmas card. I am usually not a big fan of snow; I hate being cold. But, today, the snow is just magical. My fascination may have to do with the fact that classes were cancelled today, putting me in a pretty good mood. Nevertheless, the first snow of the season is here!

The cold weather always makes me want to stay in my pajamas, cuddle up with a fleece blanket and a new book, and drink a cup of hot chocolate. Unfortunately, today will be filled with Monet, Plath, power point, and poster board, as I am attempting to complete my classes. So, I will not be reading anything recreational today. But, I did finish The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. This novel was startling, unimaginable, and moving. It shocks the reader at the beginning when they are introduced to Susie Salmon, who is in heaven. This spirited fourteen year old was killed by her neighbor, and we listen as she tells her story and looks down on the ones she was forced to leave behind. This is a tale of truth and family, grief and love. The story
weaves in and out of the past and present, heaven and earth, providing details about Susie's unique and personal heaven and the lives of the people who loved her. Her family struggles with moving on, while seeking revenge on the unknown killer. This is a powerful story about the worst possible circumstance that a family could face and how they move on, but never forget.

I really enjoyed this book. I was a bit unsatisfied with the ending, but I will not spoil it for you :] I picked it up because I had seen the preview for the movie, which is coming out on January 15th, 2010.

But I highly recommend that you read the book before you watch the movie. Because the book is always better :]


laura217 said...

after reading the first sentence of this, I thought you were writing a poem. I'm liking the colorful language :) lol. i really wanna read this book.

Karissa said...

lol well i have just been reading soo many poems lately, that it must be rubbing off on me.

Anonymous said...

I've wanted to read this :) even though I told you that in the car last night. haha. I do. I will go see the movie with you!

Karissa said...

you should!