This post is about the book that I am reading this quarter, The Lovely Bones by Alice Seblod. I chose to write a letter to the author about my likes and dislikes on their writing style and the book in general.
Dear Alice Sebold,
I am currently reading your book, The Lovely Bones and think that it is an intriguing story. When I start reading it I can’t put it down! It’s almost addicting. There are a few things that I don’t like about the way the story was written though.
I thought it was that the beginning of the book was Susie’s death. I wish that I could have known more about her character before she was no longer living. I also wish that the story wouldn’t have gone from such a high level of suspense to details about Susie’s murder. The only other thing that I disliked about the book was that the writing was some what boring at some parts. Maybe even a bit too detailed.
Even though I did have some bad things there are also many things that are good about this book. I like the way that you wrote scenes with Mr. Harvey because the whole time you just want him to be caught and the investigators always just miss evidence. For example: “When Len Fenerman had gone door to door in the neighborhood he had found nothing remarkable at George Harvey’s.” When I was reading this I thought, how could you not find evidence? I really wanted him caught. I also like the way you explained Susie’s heaven and how you made the entire image clear. Last but not least I really thought you did a good job illustrating how Susie feels about her life and the events that took place in it.
I have really enjoyed your book so far and cannot wait to see how it ends. I really hope the investigators finally find her murderer so that Susie and her family can live in peace. Thank you for your time.