March 18th, 2011
This is a collage on the book The Lovely Bones by Alice Seabold. In the book I feel that there are many important images that need to be explained or images that help you better understand the story. In the collage I have images that are either in the book or help represent the book.
Many people loved Susie and will miss her now that she is gone. There were messages that Susie tries to give her family from heaven. Even though it was hard for her she did it. Susie’s last name is Salmon “Like the fish”. She was 14 years old when she died and through out the book she blooms into a young lady.
In the book her mysterious disappearance is hard to solve because Mr. Harvey planned a way to get rid of her body without anyone knowing. He killed her when rain was coming so no one would find a scent or see blood. After that he used a safe to hide the evidence.
March 7th, 2011
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.
February 18th, 2011
The following post is a journal entry written about the main character, Susie Salmon, in the book The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. Susie goes through a lot of struggle with trying to get investigators on the right track of finding what really happened to her. The only problem is that she is dead.
December 9, 1973
My name was salmon, like the fish; first name Susie. I was fourteen years old when Mr. Harvey murdered me. The past few days I have been exploring my heaven. I have met new people and found my favorite things. My close friend, Holly has really helped me adapt and get used to heaven. She is like my sister helping me out and showing me how to fit in.
I also have Franny. She is the mother figure in my heaven. Without her I would cry every night. Even though I have all of these people I still wish I was alive more than ever. I miss a lot about my old life and would love to live it again.
December 13, 1973
I really miss being alive. I have been watching over my family and remembering my friends. I want to tell them all that I am fine and safe in heaven. The investigators have decided that my missing person case should now be changed to a murder. The worst thing about this is that I know where I am and who killed me, but I don’t have the power to tell them.
Just yesterday they suspected Ray. Ray is the boy that I have a crush on. He was the first boy that ever kissed me and they thought he killed me. On his mother’s special rice paper Ray had written me a love note, which I never read. They found this in my biology notebook and put him on the list of possible murderers. This really hurt me to see Ray be a suspect for a murder case when he wouldn’t hurt a fly. He had just started to fit into this school and because of this all of the few friends he had finally made he lost. I am really sad today.
January 29, 1974
He saw me today actually felt my presence! I am finally getting through to my family! My dad was angry, thinking about what had happened to me, when he suddenly stopped and looked toward the window where I was. I could feel that he knew I was there with him. Now I know that I can somehow get him to see me again and he will help solve my murder.
February 4th, 2011
- You Are My Sunshine – Elizabeth Mitchell
- Jar of Hearts – Christina Perri
- I Never Told You – Colbie Caillat
- Secrets – One Republic
- I’m in Here – Sia
- Fifteen – Taylor Swift
All of the songs above represent different aspects of the book The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. The first song (You Are My Sunshine) helps explain Mr. and Mrs. Salmon’s love for Susie. In the book once they find out she is missing they have to describe her smile. They say that when she would smile the whole room would light up around her.
Jar of Hearts represents all of the hearts that Mr. Harvey has taken in his life. Susie was not the first girl her murdered. “It would be some time before I realized what you’ve undoubtedly already assumed, that I was not the first girl he’d killed. He knew how to remove my body from the field.”
I Never Told You explains Susie’s feelings for a boy in her class, Ray. Susie really liked Ray and never got to tell him the feelings she had for him before she died. Ray even wrote her a love note that she didn’t get the chance to read.
The fourth and fifth song (Secrets and I’m in Here) talks about how Susie wants to give all her secrets away and tell her family and friends what happened to her and where her body is. In the book it states, “I knew where my body was but I could not tell them.” Susie is never able to give them away.
The last song (Fifteen) gives a good example of what it is like to be a teenager in high school. It tells how fun it is to be in love and how fun it is to have good friends. Susie has experienced all of this in her life.