BEWARE: (minor) SPOILERS
The Lovely Bones is told in first-person narration by Susie Salmon. The book starts on December 6, 1973 which is important because “It was still back when people believed things like that didn’t happen.” This book made me realize that even when you’re gone the world still turns without you just the same way it did with you (yes I am referencing the book). I would classify this literary work by Alice Sebold as a twisted bildungsroman. Sebold has written The Almost Moon, and Lucky, as well.
After her death, Susie Salmon wakes up, “trapped in a perfect world.” She watches her family learn to deal with her death from her heaven (in this book different people have different "heavens" that correspond to their character). She is there through their tough times, happy times, and still watches them when they are alone. Susie sort of narrates their life when they fall apart and pick up the pieces. She is gone, yet there for it simultaneously.
Don’t read this book if what you’re looking for is a murder mystery, or a thriller (honestly I don't think the book fits under either of these categories). Read this book to learn to care for someone. Read this because you want to make Earth a home instead of a living place. Read this to change someone; maybe yourself. “I wish you all a long and happy life.” -K
P.S. This book is one of my favorites because the main character loses everything, and she isn't bitter or jealous that other people got to live their lives while she didn't. I think that the characteristic of people to not be envious is beautiful. "Jealousy's the ugliest trait." -Keri Hilson