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A Good Place To Start

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The Lovely Bones 4
Lucky 1

A Bad Place To Start

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The Lovely Bones 1
The Almost Moon 1

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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Alice Sebold

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indygo88 March 17th, 2007 10:57 PM PST

I've read both "Lucky" and "The Lovely Bones." Both include rape as a topic ("Lucky" is the author's memoir about her own rape experience; "The Lovely Bones" does not center on rape, but does include it in the storyline). Despite this, the books are very different from one another. I liked both, but preferred the latter. I've known people to prefer the former, and those who enjoy both equally. So if you've read one & whether you liked it or not, I'd give the other a try as well.

nickyturnill May 29th, 2007 02:58 PM PST

Both of these books are wonderful. Read both. Be aware that while The Lovely Bones is fictional, Lucky is about Seabold's teenage rape and is a shocking and blunt book.

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Sebold was finishing her freshman year at Syracuse University when she was raped while walking home through an underground tunnel on campus. She reported her crime to the police, who remarked that a young woman had once been murdered in the same location. Thus, he told her, she was "lucky."

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