Parents' Guide to

The Lovely Bones

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Violent, disturbing read meant for discussion with teens.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 15+

I don't regret reading this

The book is pretty good, but I think 15 or 16+ is more of a mature age to read it. So, people can take it in more/understand what's going on. Also, it does have some parts that will make them have a pain attack. When I was reading this in high-school some one in my class couldn't read it anymore. I decide to take it home and read it myself. I don't regret reading it at all.

This title has:

Great messages
age 14+

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13):
Kids say (74):

Alice Siebold is a gifted writer and within the first three pages of the novel, readers are hooked. They are terrified for and engaged in the main character's narration and ordeal. The plot is beautifully executed, telling a horrifying story in a way that is not overwrought or self-indulgent.

The quality of the novel, the depth of character development, and lessons held within the story makes it, without question, a wonderful book. The real question is if this novel is appropriate for teens (who may have renewed interest in the story because of the 2009 movie). Given the media's insatiable appetite for crimes against children -- particularly white, middle class girls -- most teens have an awareness of the subject matter and this book may facilitate a discussion on such a tough topic. This is definitely one to read alongside your teen, no matter their age.

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