Published by: Little Brown and Co.
Year of Publication: 2002
Categories: Adult Fiction
Summary (from goodreads.com): When we first meet 14-year-old Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. This was before milk carton photos and public service announcements, she tells us; back in 1973, when Susie mysteriously disappeared, people still believed these things didn’t happen. In the sweet, untroubled voice of a precocious teenage girl, Susie relates the awful events of her death and her own adjustment to the strange new place she finds herself. It looks a lot like her school playground, with the good kind of swing sets. With love, longing, and a growing understanding, Susie watches her family as they cope with their grief, her father embarks on a search for the killer, her sister undertakes a feat of amazing daring, her little brother builds a fort in her honor and begin the difficult process of healing. In the hands of a brilliant novelist, this story of seemingly unbearable tragedy is transformed into a suspenseful and touching story about family, memory, love, heaven, and living.
Review: I had read this book a few years ago when it first came out in paperback. I saw it on my bookshelf a couple weeks ago and I couldn’t remember much from it, so I decided to read it again because the movie version was coming out.
First off, I thought it was great to have Susie narrating from heaven. It was interesting to hear what her heaven was like.
I ended up really liking Susie’s sister, Lindsey. I’m not sure what it was, but she was really likable. As I heard about her life as she grew up I wondered what Susie would have been like had she grown up with her sister.
As much as I liked Lindsey, I found her mother really hard to like. I can understand that she was grieving, but I don’t think she handled it well, and I judged her for what she did and how hard that made it on her family.
As for Mr Harvey I really really didn’t like how the author dealt with him at the end. It didn’t seem very realistic. It was almost like she didn’t know how to deal with him but she was at the end of the book so she just stuck something in as an afterthought. Mr Harvey’s fate at the end just didn’t sit well with me.
Disclosure: I bought this book myself.