One parent considered the content to be “pornographic,” referring to the rape depictions in the novel. Total challenges and bans from
are due to its mature and graphical content. The novel was nevertheless an immense success and even received the Indies Choice Book Award for adult literature.
ALA.org cites two specific examples: a 1978 ban in a California school district and a 1984 challenge in an Illinois school district. In 2008, Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones was moved to the faculty section of a Massachusetts school library after it was deemed too scary for middle school students.
The conflict of the novel is between the protagonist and the forces that throw obstacles in her way. It seems that it is the conflict between the heaven Susie lives in and the life on earth she once had. The most obvious representative of the antagonistic forces is the girl’s killer, Mr. Harvey.
Yes – sort of. The afterlife story where Susie watches her family from purgatory is not real. But the book’s original author, Alice Sebold, explained that the story is based in part on a real-life rape and murder of a young girl in Norristown, Pennsylvania, who was kidnapped by her parents in the 1970s.
Depending on maturity this book could be for teenagers aged 13 & on. This book covers graphic situations such as sex, rape and murder.
When Susie leaves Earth, she touches Ruth Connors, a school friend, and Ruth becomes obsessed with her. Mr. Harvey collapses the underground room where he raped and killed Susie. Then he puts her “body parts” (4.1) in a bag, which he puts in his garage while he takes a shower.
The bathroom scene
She watches as her family falls apart, the grief her family and crush Ray Singh have been going through, and how her family is ultimately able to do it despite the turmoil was getting back together.
Susie’s murder is not shown, rape is never mentioned, and her dismemberment is only hinted at indirectly towards the end of the picture. The film eschews the usual serial killer shocks (it’s a lot less gory than, say, The Silence of the Lambs) in favor of instead focusing on building an atmosphere of deepening dread.
Susie says that a) she sees her loved ones and their stories as the bones of a body of earthly happiness, life; and b) she can stop hovering over them anxiously because they’re okay.
For those who grew up in the 70’s, this movie plays a bit like a horror version of The Wonder Years, an expanded version of this creepy elementary school film about child abuse.
Susie Salmon from The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
While no one would ever wish for Susie Salmon’s character to be inspired by real events, she is based on the murder of a young girl in Norristown , Pennsylvania in the 1970s.
Like many real-life serial killers, Harvey, the fictional character from the 2002 bestseller The Lovely Bones, lived a seemingly normal life among his neighbors, evading suspicion and adeptly evading capture.>
George Harvey, known as “Crackhead Bob” on The Howard Stern Show, dead aged 56. George Harvey, better known as “Crackhead Bob”, died at his home in Texas at the age of 56.
What is this? Susie’s charm bracelet represents Susie’s ongoing spiritual life on earth. Susie’s room is where her memory lives on for her whole family. The room symbolizes a place where Susie still lives, and the contents remain relatively untouched until Grandma Lynn takes over.
The book is pretty good, but I think 15 or 16+ is more of a ripe age to read it. That way people can better absorb/understand what is going on. Also, it has some parts that cause them to have an attack of pain. When I read this in high school, someone in my class couldn’t read it.
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