The Lovely Bones

1 02 2010

Author: Alice Sebold

Pages: 336

Published: 2002

ISBN: 9780330457729

My name was Salmon, like the fish: first name Susie.  I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973.  My murderer was a man from our neighbourhood.  My mother liked his border flowers, and my father talked to him once about fertiliser

So begins the tale of a teenage girl’s murder and its aftermath, as narrated from heaven by the dead girl herself.  The Lovely Bones is a dazzling and daring novel about life and death, forgiveness and vengeance but above all, an unforgettable novel about hope and finding light in the darkest of places.

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Short Review: The Boy In the Striped Pajamas

5 08 2009

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Author: John Boyne
Pages: 224

A haunting tale of two very different boys: one German, one Jewish.  As they begin a journey of friendship with a fence separating each from the others world, the story of WWII Germany is told through the eyes of innocence and confusion of a child during that time.  Read it…

9 out of 10.

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Short Review: The Help

29 07 2009

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Author: Kathryn Stockett
Pages: 464
Published: February 2009
ISBN: 9781905490431

A sad but truly enjoyable read with a shade of hope on the last page. You get wrapped up in the lives of these characters, their friends, family and communities. Sincerely written with a “complicated” topic for the time it was set in.  I fell in love with the people and the words!

8 out of 10.

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