So here is the plot. Susie Salmon (like the fish) is walking home from school one day when she is brutally raped and then violently murdered. After her horrible demise she tells her story while she is looking down at her family and murderer from heaven and watching how they all deal with the aftermath of her death. Her sister is heart broken, her father sets off on a mission to find the man who did this to her, her crush at school is accused, the murder starts thinking about who his next victim will be, and the school loner sees Susie's ghost every so often. All the while Susie is getting used to her new home in heaven. She meets a new friend and starts to figure out how heaven works and what she can and can't do up there.
I thought that even though the subject matter is VERY heavy, the story is told with a touch of humor and is quite easy to digest. Usually something very violent would turn me off but the story felt complete and right when Susie finished telling her story. There is a little bit of a fantasy/paranormal plot line twist on the end that I thought was strange and didn't flow well with the story but I kind of enjoyed that part as well. I was glad that Susie had the chance to do what she did on the end. All in all I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone really that can stomach the first few chapters (it really isn't for everyone).
The Lovely Bones
by Alice Sebold
If you liked this book then read: Peony in Love by Lisa See