I wasn't going to read this book.
I really wasn't.
I heard it got great reviews.
But I still wasn't going to read it.
A book about a fourteen year old girl who gets raped and murdered by a neighbor and no one figures out that he did it.
I don't even let my children sleep with their window cracked at night.
And then they made a movie out of it.
I admit I was curious.
Did I mention, I am the biggest scaredy cat in the world when it comes to spooky movies. Disney scares me sometimes. Seriously. Have you seen Watcher in the Woods? Just sayin'.
So, I added it to the netflix queue and thought Someday.
That someday came. And I watched it. Truth be told it freaked me out a bit. And then the movie ended. And I thought What-the-French-Toast???!! It's called The Lovely Bones people. I assumed it meant at some point somebody would actually find some bones. And I went from being spooked to baffled. Did I miss something? Was I not paying attention enough in the movie? I wikipedia'd it but I was still left puzzled. If it's called the lovely bones, but they never find the bones, what does that mean?
So I hiked my brave up around my belly button, trotted down to the library and checked the audio book out.
Then, I got scared....again.
You can call me a wimp. It's fine.
I let the book sit on the desk untouched for weeks.
But, books and I, we have this unspoken agreement. Even if its terrible and I hate it, I am committed. I will read it. Not matter what.
Do you know when I listen to audio books? When I'm out running. It gives me something to focus on besides my breathing. I was worried about not being able to listen to this one while I was running. I already make up crazy stories in my head about some of the over grown, abandoned houses I run past in the early morning hours. I thought it would freak me out.
But it didn't and I found myself very much liking the story. Actually the movie was way more creepy-suspenseful than the book.
So....my interpretation of The Lovely Bones:
Bad things happen.
But what happens next? What happens to a soul that has been released from its earthly body before it's ready to say its good-byes? What happens to the people that person left behind. The ones with a gaping hole where someone they loved used to be?
This story is a falling apart and a rebuilding of a family and the bones (think - bonds) that tie us all together in the end.
p.s. For the record....they did find an elbow of Susie Salmon. That's it. An elbow. And a charm off her charm bracelet.